How many words do you write per day, on average? Not necessarily all the time, but during the writing of any given story. Once you’ve started, how many words do you write per day and how does that compare to how many you plan to write? I’ve just calculated how many words per day I’ve written on my WIP novel. So far, I’ve written 9,121 words. Thing is, it’s actually taken me 31 days to write that! That’s an average of 294.2 words per day! In fairness to myself, my girlfriend did have a baby a few weeks ago, so I was at home for two weeks, where, if I wasn’t eating, changing nappies or feeding the baby, I was sleeping. Even then, if I subtract those 14 days from the 31, that still only leaves me with an average of 536.5 words per day! I had set out to complete the first draft of my novel by the end of the year. With 140 days left, at that rate I can still write another 75,110. Added to my current 9,121, that’d be 84,231. Not bad for a first novel. Having said all that, I’ve written 1,600 words today. The trick is writing that number consistently. Stephen King once stated that, at first, he used to force himself to write 1000 words per day. He then upped that to 2000. I could be somewhere there in the middle. Still, I’m sure I’ll achieve my goal. So how about you? When you’re in writing mode, how many words per day do you write?