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    How much do you write every day?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by kingzilla, Mar 5, 2012.

    Just out of curiousity, how much do you guys write everyday? Or how long? I don't have a certain amount of time I write for. I try to write 1500-3000 words a day.
     
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    No lie, probably 500-700 words per day. Depending on what I'm writing. If I'm writing a short story than sometimes I manage even less.

    I try to write 2,000 words in one day. Than the next day I end up throwing 1,500 of those words in the garbage.

    So 500
     
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    This, Sir, makes you a god. Stephen King is said to write 350 words a day, and it is pretty clear how prolific he has been. If I write fifty good words in a day (these days being few and far between) I feel accomplished, and it doesn't have to have anything to do with the current piece I am working on or not. If I just write fifty words of good strong fiction, I know I will be able to use it in the future, no matter what.

    Frankly, to me, 1500-3000 words a day is ludicrous if it's your average (if you're on a burst to shove a short story out than it is completely possible, but the editing is going to be horrendous). In the long run, the truth is that writing can be analogous with anti-aircraft fire from WW2, throw enough flak in the air and you're bound to hit something, and that's the thread you can follow and write good, strong material from.

    But if the exigencies of your work need validating put them forth in the Workshop forums, and at least I promise to critique them.
     
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    For me it's between 0 to 10,000. I don't count, I write what I want and I've had many days without writing anything good at all, so 0, and I've written 3-4 chapters in a day, so 10,000. The number of words mean nothing to me.
     
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    I've been slacking for the last two weeks, but when I'm in my usual routine I try to write at least 500 words.
     
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    Lol, I have no doubt some of the stuff I am writing will be trashed :D. I am still in highschool in the mid grades so I don't get much homework and I have lots of time to write at night. Between friends, sports, and school I have probably 2-6 hours a day to write. Plus I am on a three week holiday so I plan to finish my first draft by the middle of the holiday. I would put out some of my writing out at the Workshop forums but I plan to try to get published with the book. I have some old materualI wrote that I might post, but that stuff is pretty bad. I spend at least an hour or two for every thousand words and I am a pretty inspired writer. When I get going, I don't stop until I at least have scene done. It is a good thing I love to edit (I am a perfectionist:p)
     
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    It depends at the stage in the process, if I have children around, how well I am feeling, if I am in the 'zone', a quick dirty draft moves faster than my final careful draft. I usually do around 3-7K a day (it takes me 2-3 hours). If I am editing I may lose more than I write or only write ten words. Once I am into a story, and if I can talk hubby into giving me a day I can get 20K-35K written in a day.

    It doesn't matter how fast you write as long as you are happy with the content at the end of the day, you are completeing works etc I know published authors that churn out around 900-1000 words every 20 minutes and others that do 100 in the same time frame. All get books completed that are worth reading.
     
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    It varies a lot. Some days you get a fire up your fancy regions and you can write for hours without stop. Other times I'll agonize over one or two paragraphs for days trying make them come out properly. You also have periods where events over take your world for a while and there's not much you can do about it. Unless there are external forces plotting against me, I always try to get as many hours as I can every day. That doesn't mean they may be fruitful hours, unless you consider sour grapes fruitful.
     
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    :eek:

    That's like, a third of a novel - you can't possibly write a whole novel in 3 days??? (admittedly good days)
     
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    I can do that as well. It might help that I am an unusually fast typer. It's extremely rare for me, but I once spent a week just writing and ended up with a whole first draft for a novel of about 70K.

    On an average day I probably write 3K. I set a goal and time for myself each day, like today I have decided that from five to seven I am going to write 4K. Yesterday I was pretty busy, so I decided that from 1 to 1:30 I had to write 800 words. But I only do this for first drafts. Editing is a lot slower.
     
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    when working on a major project i've been known to work 18-20 hours/day, for weeks... i write non-stop, forget to eat, if no one puts any food in front of me...
     
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    It is not about the number of words, it's about their quality. It's easy to just churn out sentences, I can write 10 000 words of blah blah in a day, but that is a waste of time (unless it is an outline, but that's not really "writing") but the ones I'd be proud to see in print are few and far between.

    On my best days, if I'm working 16 hours straight because I am drunk with inspiration (happens especially if I'm writing a short story) I can do 5000 distilled down to 2000 good ones in a day, but that happened a handful of times. When I am working on a novel, on a good day I can do 500 - 1000 but only with well thought out scenes and if I am crazy inspired. On an average day, after hours of frustration and editing I might polish up 100 - 300. On a bad day - nothing.
     
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    It totally depends on the day and depends on what you are referring to as writing. If I added up all my facebook posts, emails, and forum posts, and the short story I was working on yesterday, in one day, I wrote a good 10k of words. Some days it might only be 500 words if I'm not feeling it. But most days I average at least 3000 - 8000 if you consider all writing as the act of writing. As far as working on specific stories, take yesterday for example, wrote about 1000 words on a story. But some days I can churn out 5000 - 8,000 words on a story and not write anywhere else. Unless I have errands to run or I'm super tired or sick, that is generally what I do in a day.
     
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    Yeah, I can physically type 60 words a minute, by which reconing I should be typing 3600 words an hour, so in a ten hour day 35,000 words would be easy. In reality, that 35,000 words would be utter shite - stream of consciousness stuff that has no proper place in a novel, and would barely be intelligable to a psychoanalyst.

    So, if you get 35,000 words on paper (or word file) in a day, how much of that is actually of a half decent quality, and how much of it ends up on the cutting room floor? Coz I'm thinking you must have REALLY rough drafts and spend a helluva lot of time editing. I revise as I go, a paragraph at a time, so by the time I have 1000 words, it's the equivalent of someone else's second or third draft. Spelling, grammar and punctuation will be near perfect - I'm like that, I can't just crack out a rough draft because I have to keep going back and re-reading what I've just written, tidy it up, and make sure every sentence, paragraph, scene etc flows properly. Guess this means I'm not what you'd call a 'prolific' writer ;)
     
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    I agree with this completely. I find no point in rushing through writing a rough draft just to scrap it later because it's nothing but drivel. My first drafts are always readable, and generally just need to be editing for flow, tightness, characterization, and punctuation. I'll reword things that are worded funny, or add things or remove things to add to the story or characters. I have sat there and done 15k in one day on a story, like an 18 hour day, but I have yet to have one that I have done that on turn out to be anything but slush pile work. So I take my time, plot and plan, and write it right the first time.

    I've been waiting for 3 years for the second novel to my favorite book to come out. Finally This Book Is Full Of Spiders will be out in Oct this year. Three years for one novel, writing, editing, working with the publisher, editing... It's not a contest or a race, it's something you want people to want to read. So I don't see the point in thinking slapping a bunch of words on a page only to delete it later cause it sucks.
     
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    A friend of mine is an author and publishes 2 novels a year - he says he writes between 10,000 and 15,000 words a day. That's about the amount needed if you want to be a prolific writer. James Patterson churns out a novel in 6 weeks - although admittedly he has a bit of help these days ;) Then there are those who take 10 years to produce a follow up to their debut. I don't think writing a novel in a short space of time makes you any more a writer, but it might make you more bankable to a publisher - that's the economic reality we face.
     
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    This, this, this! :)
     
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    I honestly don't have a clue, some days I don't write at all (at least nothing new, like when I'm revising or like now planning the next story) but when I do I can write anything between 500-3000 words a day. Like someone above said, it's not how much you write a day that says how good your story will be or even how fast you can have a novel ready. I think really really fast writing almost always take a lot more revision and editing after that first draft is ready, and that can often take longer than the actual writing itself. Me, for example, is quite a fast writer and I can usually get a first draft of about 80-90K ready in two months or little more, but then I spend three times as much on revision. That is ok with me, because in that first stage all I want is to get the story on paper, get my ideas down in written form. the rest usually has to wait until later, because I have a hard time thinking about the minute details and fine-adjusting when I'm in a creative mood. The quality if the finished story It's up to someone else to judge.
     
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    :confused: I think we are discussing creative writing related to a specific project, not every word one would write in a day...
     
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    Funny I feel like the more words I can write in a day the better their quality for that day. Its a sign that the machinery is running smoothly.
     
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    I plan out every scene in detail before I write though, so since I know exactly what to write, writing quickly doesn't mean badly. I just type quickly. But it also depends on the scene. A scene I don't feel like writing can be pretty terrible and needs to be rewritten completely, and other scenes I get right the first time and is only in need of some (many) SPaG fixes. I could never write 35K in a day without knowing what to write, and if I write that much, I'm really in the zone, and being in the zone usually results in good writing.

    Editing takes a lot of time for me because I often change my mind about certain things when it's finished, and I see that something that worked in my head didn't really work on paper. Though also note that it is extremely rare for me to write that much on a single day. It would mean getting up early in the morning and then having nothing else to do that whole day. I only have days like that three or four times a year. 35K a week is pretty normal though, unless I am swamped with school stuff (like now).

    Edit: And I write 120 words per minute. Writing over 100 words per minute was the requirement for a job I had a while ago. Typing like a mad-man has become a habit.
     
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    I set aside three hours a day for "dedicated writing" as I like to call it. My schedule is a bit hectic, going to school full time and working two jobs. But I suffer from insomnia so it tends to work out for me to focus on my longer works from 12am-3am everyday. During the day I carry a notepad with me just in case I'm struck by inspiration. I'll write down little snippets and lines to incorporate into my poetry later. But the evening hours are mostly dedicated to my novel. I'll write anywhere from 100-2000 words. I usually try to get through an entire scene and polish that scene up before the night's end; however, I will often find that I'm not satisfied with how poorly edited the previous night's scene was and will find myself spending all my time reworking that one.
     
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    you guys competing who writes the most per hour (funny how this question always turns into a competition...) : can you really keep that speed for ten hours? I mean, doesn't the words start to dry out after a couple hours and the speed slows down? JUST WRITING a whole lot of words in a day is probably no problem but like Nakhti said, it would probably be a whole lot of useless material in it and then what's the point? plus I guess the hands and the brain would be pretty tired after a while... writing 35K in a day is nothing special if you have to delete 30K of it the day after... :rolleyes:
     
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    When I'm writing, I tend to do 2500 to 3000 a day, working for about 3 hours a day.
     
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    When I'm writing I get about 1000 a day, but as of right now I've been loaded with school and so my word average is zilch. (Though I have TONS of story ideas I wish to get out >.<)
     

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