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    Words per day

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Fizzedine, Jul 30, 2015.

    Hey guys

    Just wanted an opinion, how do you rate 2 to 300 words per day?
    would you call it average, low or normal?

    many thanks :)
     
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    Idunno whether it is below or above average, but to put it into perspective, that is one 73k-110k word novel per year.
     
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    Don't do word count, I go more by page or scene so about 1 - 3 pages every other day. But on a good day I can do up to 8. It's definitely sporadic.
     
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    For me, it varies a lot. Right now I'm hitting about 3000 words per day but I can get up to 15000 if I work all day, nonstop.
     
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    I'd say, if you find that 200-300 words works for you, then go with it. Don't care about averages, recommendations, what other people do, etc., etc. Care about what you enjoy. :)
    (Personally I write up to 500 words in a day, and I don't write every day. And I'm happy with that, mostly. ;))
     
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    I really struggle. I don't normally write in the evening, but tonight I forced myself - mainly because there was sod all on TV and I felt a rare pang of inspiration.

    I started at around 21:30 and have just closed the file (at 23:00), having written a mere 259 words.

    Earlier this afternoon, I got down 704, so in total, for the day, that's 963 words.

    I wish I knew what the answer was, but sadly I don't. Constant negativity and demons telling me I can't write for toffee don't help.

    Having said that, it's not so much my writing, but how utterly lost I feel in terms of structuring a novel.
     
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    Quality trumps quantity.
     
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    Improvement yields diminishing marginal returns. You can only improve one thing so much. You will probably create something better by creating many things and improving them up to a certain point before letting go. Or else risk magnum opus dissonance.

    To me, that is the point of the ceramics class story, not "practice makes perfect."
     
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    I don't think comparing ceramics to writing is valid. Marginal returns - pretty much this whole response - has nothing to do with my point.

    People who cannot see tense errors, purple prose, SpaG issues or inconsistent characterisation in their own work would probably quickly see holes or asymmetry in a piece of ceramic, or even an aesthetic that could be mistaken for "quality".

    Constantly writing prose with all those issues will not, IMO, lead to them being removed. They are there in the first place because people do not see them.
     
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    He's right, you're wrong.
     
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    Based on one experiment in a completely different medium?

    Care to back that up?

    Aren't you the guy who's never picked up a camera who said photography is piss easy compared to writing? el oh el. :supershock:
     
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    I am assuming a minimum level of competence.
     
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    I'm not taking sides - I'm sick to the back teeth of petty arguments on forums, 95% of which stem from nothing more than a difference of opinions.

    All I'll say is that I wish I could write more in my sessions - quality or not. I think I would be a better writer for it, if only because it would indicate a fluency that I've always strived for, but ultimately lacked.
     
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    It must be very frustrating to not be able to just write whatever is in your head.
     
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    Yes, but I think that's half the problem - it isn't in my head. I'm not a planner. I've tried sitting down with a pad and pen and planning a novel, but it didn't work. I'm impatient and must begin writing when I get the urge. Consequently, when I sit down to write a novel, I have little more than an idea - or even just a concept sometimes - on which to build. I'm making it up as I go along, right there on the page.
     
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    I've thought a lot about that. Photography should not be considered art, but rather a form of journalism. Music, painting, writing, sculpting,- you are always creating content as well as depicting that content. In photography, you are more or less just depicting.
     
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    I use to count my words for statistics, but I don't grade a writing day as "bad" because I only wrote a certain amount of words and not more. In the end writing is not about the number of words you dumb on a piece of paper (document whatever) each day, it's about WHAT you have written. And if I needed the whole day to write 500 words to finish my chapter I am absolutely content with myself if I am content with what I've produced in those 500 words. Note, that this is my personal opinion. Other writers, other habits. Some people need the pressure of reaching a daily word count to produce quality work, some are getting crazy if writing under pressure.

    (@OurJud, I think you may fall in the last category... And there is nothing bad about not planning a novel. There are two types of authors, those who are planning ahead und know what they want to write before they start and those who just start writing and look whereever it leads them.)
     
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    I'd say 2 words a day is probably on the lower end ;) But as someone pointed out, 300 words a day for a year and you'll have a novel.
     
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    I think he meant 200-300.
     
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    Another (somewhat scary to me) way to look at word-count, is to consider that 300 words amounts to roughly one side / page from a regular sized paperback novel.

    It's nothing, is it? :meh:
     
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    I can't write every day so I shoot for 2,000 words per week and usually do most of it in one or two binges. But 200-300 if you're doing a daily count sounds workable as a start.
     
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    I think so too, I was just joking! :)
     
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