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How Fast Should I Be Writing?

Garnell Wallace
Wed, 06 Sep 2017 03:37:49 GMT

I consider myself to be a very slow writer. Part of the reason is because I work a full-time job, and the other is just because it takes a long time for everything to fall into place, which can be very frustrating. I've heard of writers who produce anywhere from five to ten thousand words a day. At this point, I would be happy with two thousand. Should that be a goal and does speed affect the quality of the piece? I would get so much more done if I could only speed up my thoughts and my fingers!

Amanda Farbanish
Sat, 09 Sep 2017 21:50:29 GMT

I WISH I could write five to ten thousand words a day! Compared to that, I'm a turtle with my 1600 in two hours. Everyone writes at a different pace, so don't feel bad if you're not reaching a certain word count. As someone who's currently a full time college student who's working three jobs, I feel your pain of lack of time. I think you should maybe consider focusing more on hours instead of words. Focus instead on devoting something like two hours a day, and be proud of carving out that time with such a busy schedule. The time you spend writing and working and thinking about your work is valuable, whether you write 300 words or 10,000. No matter what you do, be proud of doing something!

Garnell Wallace
Wed, 13 Sep 2017 03:13:46 GMT

Thank you.

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:22:13 GMT

The word count probably only matters if you're on a deadline. I'd say it's quality that matters, not quantity. Graham Greene's routine was to write 500 words a day and then stop until tomorrow. Hemingway always said to stop when you still know what's going to happen next, and that way you'll be able to get started the next day.

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 07:20:25 GMT

I tried Hemingway's approach and found that I eventually forgot what was supposed to happen next. For me, I just need to write. Anything will do. I think writing is about quantity and editing is quality. You know the old adage measure twice, cut once. I think it's the same here. Edit twice, write once. It sounds backward until you get into a rhythm.

Joseph VanBuren
Thu, 28 Sep 2017 12:55:29 GMT

I agree with Amanda. There isn't a magic number that every writer should be trying to hit. Just set a realistic goal according to your situation, and that's how fast you should be writing. I am also a full-time student with two part-time jobs, so I am lucky if I get to write 500 words in a day. And if I do, I consider it a success.

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:12:17 GMT

I prefer to block out time over word goals. I sometimes have multiple projects running at the same time and allotting a specific amount of time keeps my mind fresh and helps me to keep moving forward.

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 10:15:10 GMT

It doesn't really matter how fast you write, as has been mentioned, unless you are writing to a deadline. It's about getting the quality and being happy with what you've written. I've known people take weeks to write one scene, just to make sure it's 100% the way they wanted it.

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 13:32:59 GMT

I use a pace that keeps me motivated so usually 500 words a day.

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:03:02 GMT

I think the most I've ever written in a day is about 4000 words... I don't think you're doing yourself or your writing any favours if you're writing too fast just to get somewhere. You just leave more work for the editing. I've had to really push myself to finish my novella as it's partly for a qualification with a deadline but if given the chance it's better to pace yourself and produce quality content than burn out

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:52:26 GMT

I also have a full time job. I come home exhausted at the end of the day, every day, and I can't even imagine writing two thousand words a day, so I think you're doing pretty great. Don't compare yourself to what people with different circumstances are doing. In the immortal words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: "You do you." :)

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 21:10:17 GMT

Speed does not affect quality, though some may argue that going to fast actually makes it work. Honestly, though, you write how ever fast feels most comfortable with you. For me at least going too slow frustrates me and makes me start to wander around the house, but too fast and my mind can't keep up then. If you feel you want to write faster, I hear that just writing all the time really help; practice makes perfect sort of a thing.

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:57:07 GMT

It's not the velocity, it's the quality of writing.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 02:48:43 GMT

Constructing my rough draft which I do with pen and paper I write one page a day every day of the week. After the completion of the rough draft which usually takes about seven or eight months I go back and fine tune it by typing one page a day into my word processor. This seems like a very deliberate pace which it is. However I can have a 70000-80000 word novel completed in fifteen months. Fast or slow whatever works best for you is all that matters.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:41:06 GMT

Everyone works differently! Honestly, if you're even writing 1000 words a day, that's pretty impressive. I think it's more about keeping up consistency, and like others have been saying, the quality of the writing. Some authors take more than 10 years to publish a book!

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 21:39:41 GMT

It depends on each person. Some people spent years writing a novel and some write 4 novels a year. It really depends on yourself. The quality itself really doesn't depend on the time it took you to write either.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 23:31:40 GMT

I'm an incredibly slow writer, but I couldnt face it if any of my pieces felt too rushed