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    Words per day?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by will565, Jan 18, 2012.

    Hi Writers,

    Just wondering how many words per day, week or month you all write?

    In the last month I've become more serious about writing and have forced myself to do a minimum of 2000 words each day even if it's not my novel and just short stories.
    I've found it tremendously helpful as the novel I was writing seemed an unsurpassable task, now it's much less daunting.
     
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    Anywhere from 500 to 2000 a day normaly. Sometimes more
     
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    Not enough! However I find it quite unhelpful to measure my progress by word count, because it doesn't accurately reflect my output - I may actually reduce word count, but in terms of progress I have advanced the stage of my manuscript by editing and condensing. So, I tend to measure my progress by my level of completion - how many chapters I feel are completed to my satisfaction.

    Right now I'm still struggling on chapter 4 and have been for almost a week.
     
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    Once I got on a roll on one chapter and when I looked up it had ran on for 10,000 words and had to be cut up into several chapters, but I was really into it.
     
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    I wish I can write 2000 words a day, in fact, I wish I can write even 500. I have been struggling with motivation lately, that is why I actually came here. And, to be honest, I feel much better. I am yet to go back to my book, but at least I am learning things about writing while staying away from it. How do you manage your time? How can you do 2000 a day? do you work? Family? Maybe it is possible, but I might have to sort out my priorities.
     
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    It all depends on how fast you type and how well you know what you're going to be typing. If you're a quick typist and you have a clear idea of what you're going to be writing I think that 2000 words would be very little work at all (far less then an hour certainly). However, if you're trying to think of ideas as you go your writing is definitely going to drag along much slower. If you'd like to increase your word count I'd suggest having a well thought out plan of what you need to write in each scene before you start writing it, and I think you'll find your output will increase significantly.
     
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    I type fairly quickly, but I'm extremely meticulous. I will spend an hour on one page trying to get the last few paragraphs right. I'll even stop and read it aloud and see if it flows the way that I want it to flow. I learned early on, from those around me and from experience, that it's not the word count, but what you're saying. However, gauging your word count is a good way to measure how much progress that you are making. I've been trying to make a lot of progress lately, so I try to at least get a page in. That's about, hm, 600 words minimum that I'll write a day. Normally, I'll write from 1,600 to 2,500. On really good days, up to 6,000 words. On bad days, 500 or less. Every writer works differently though! :) And that's why threads like this are interesting! It's cool, imo, to see how your writing habits are similar to others' writing habits. It's neat.
     
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    My word count isn't huge- less than 500 words a day I'd say. I write for half an hour in my lunch break at work, then at home I'll transfer it to my laptop, rewriting it and fixing it up a bit in the process. I'd like to be able to write more, given the time, but I'm happy with what I'm doing now, given that I haven't gone through the course I plan to yet, and my storyline needs a whole lotta work.
     
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    I am journalist dear,

    so you underastand i have a restriction on words that i have to use in every article, just to make it more accurate. All though generally even if i do not write some Novel myself i write from 300-400 to 800-1000 every day. This includes at least 3-4 articles per day, or in weekends i go to 1000 to 1500 words cause the arcticles are over 7-10.
     
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    When one idea leads to another, it's easy to get lost in the work and "strike while the iron is hot." In the 10,000 word chapter for example, they discover a cave that has the remnants of primitive people who lived there. But, this is in the Caribbean where hurricanes can stall for days. They would go through their wood or by trying to conserve it would be thrown into utter darkness perhaps for days. This would mean that they had to know the cave extremely well and move around by touch alone. This gave one of my main characters the idea to learn to sail their ship without lights to attack at night under complete darkness, the first "stealth" fighter. A very small amount of light can be seen far at sea. Learning to move about the ship, work the rigging to steer it and load the cannons and fire them in the pitch dark below decks took some doing, then came the attack.

    I will write fast and furious while the ideas are flowing, then go back and edit and correct the mistakes.
     
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    I have absolutly no pattern what so ever, I write when the need comes. That can be a few hours to a few weeks.
    But when I do write it is about 4000 to 6000 words.
     
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    you shouldn't concern yourself with how much anyone else writes!

    every writer has his/her own specific situation... living conditions, time available, writing style, demands of a 'day job' and all kinds of other parameters will determine how much each one writes per day/week/month/year/lifetime...

    a great writer may turn out only one page per week of timeless prose, every week for decades, while a hopelessly bad one may churn out 20 pages of garbage a day for months and then try something else when he realizes how bad it is...

    it's really a futile question to ask also, because the answers can vary anywhere from the smallest amount of words/pages imaginable, to the largest... so what is gained by asking?

    all that really matters is the quality of the writing you turn out, anyway... not the amount...
     
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    Exactly right. I remember reading somewhere that Ernest Hemingway (usually) only managed between 500 and 1,000 words per day.
     
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    I work full time 2 to 11ish 5 days a week. All I am doing at the moment is saving money for college next year. No kids. So I have extra time to wring as much creativety as I can out. Also I write in the moment and don't edit until days later. 2000 at the moment is a bout a once a week occurance on work days. On days I'm off a.d don't have anything to attend to, I can sometimes hit up to 10,000 in a few hours. As far as motivation goes, I usually don't have much of a problem. If I'm not motivated to write, I will sit with a cup of good coffee with no distractions besides a notebook and think and make notes. Sometimes I do this at work on break and find myself exited to return home and start typing. Hope this makes sense. I'm typing awkwardly on my kindle. Please forgive mistakes.
     
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    This is exactly what I do on good days.
     

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