Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Wordcount, baby

Since I've been posting wordcounts, I want to know YOUR wordcounts. So tell me, all you writers out there, what do you average per day, on your novels?

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28 comments:

MaryF said...

I aim for 500, but 1000 is a good day during the school year. I'm looking to double that during summer vacation.

JS Bangs said...

My max is about 1K words/hour, and most days I have only 90 minutes to write. So 1500 words/day, and maybe 5K on the weekend if I make sure to carve out a big chunk of time for it.

Jill said...

If I'm spewing words during NaNoWriMo I aim for at least 2k/day; that can turn into 3-4k if I'm on a roll. Rewrites move more slowly -- I usually try to cover a thousand words a day. I run a small business, so I have to squeeze in writing time when I'm not answering customer emails or filling orders.

H. L. Dyer said...

I wrote my first draft in 7 weeks. I wrote, for the most part, a chapter a day. My chapters average ~2400 words.

I work one or two 24-hour shifts a week, so I couldn't write on those days, but I often wrote two chapters the next day and made up for it.

Now editing is a whole different beast.

Kristin Laughtin said...

I set myself a quota--1000 words a day, 5 days a week. I usually go over this, but it's a number that's not too intimidating, and I know that if I screw up or slack off one day, I can make it up the next (or on the weekend, etc.) I'd rather write fewer words and write them well than put a lot of pressure on myself to pump out thousands of words a day, even if it means I'm a slow writer. On good days I can get out about 2000-3000. If I weren't working full-time, I'd be able to do more.

Don said...

I keep crazy mad stats, at least for the novel. So I know that (on days that I actually write), I have a mean word count of 358 and a median of 238. Of course this is skewed a little by the occasional days where I'm revising and will have a change in my total words which might actually run to the negative.

Ideally I get three bouts of writing in, with targets of hitting the median on the first bout, 2x the mean on the second and if I actually get a chance to do the third, I'll do 3x the average of the mean and median.

I did hit bout one today and I'm optimistic of getting time in for bout two.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Depends on the day, but it will increase dramatically in about 56 more days...

annathepiper said...

My ability to write this year has been massively derailed by medical issues, but when I'm actually on target, I shoot for 500 words a day. Now that I'm recovering, I need to get back to that.

And I'll consider this post a reminder to do exactly that. Thank you. :)

Jodi Meadows said...

Er, depending... 3-4k a day. About 500 per hour. :)

Travis Erwin said...

No set amount. Might be fifty one day and 5000 the next.

Elissa M said...

I'm in "I have no idea" land as I'm busily revising my WIP. I don't know how to do word count when the novel's already written and most of what I'm doing is cutting words.

When I'm writing a first draft my daily count varies widely. I devote x number of hours (or minutes) to writing per day without counting words or pages. Like everyone else, some days the words flow and some days they don't.

tcastleb said...

Hmm. Anywhere from 0 to 3,000 or so if I have a day off and the muse is kind.

LeeAnn Flowers said...

On my last book, which coincidently was before one of my employees got laid off, I could churn out 4000-5000 words a day. (Loquacious, ain't I?) Since my workload has doubled, 500-1500 is about my average. With the holiday weekend and our typical summer and fall slowdown looming, I'm hoping to get back to my previous average.

Natalie said...

I have a 1k minimum rule, but I usually go over that. I like that rule though. It's not too overwhelming. And if I'm feeling a little burn out, I at least got something on the page that day.

Just_Me said...

About 500 a day is average. Sometimes I get close to 3000, some days I barely manage the 250 needed to fill half a page (single spaced).

Right now I'm doing final drafts and line edits so my word count is negative most days. I'm cutting and cleaning not creating.

Ryan Field said...

For me it's always been about 1600 on an average.
But it all depends.

Sprizouse said...

When I average it out it looks like I write a little less than 200 words per day. It's a slower pace than most and certainly slower than the people posting here, but I tend to labor over every single word and syllable.

Revisions, second-guessing and a daily battle with self-doubt limit me to a much lower number. Cranking out 4,000 words per day for me just isn't possible (1,000 is probably my best day).

Since it's a struggle I've come to a point where I promise myself I'll write at least one word per day (5 days a week). Sometimes I get more and sometimes I get only the one word. Heck, sometimes it's even negative (if I cut whole paragraphs or sections).

However, if I sit down and do one word per day then at least I've opened the manuscript and looked at it. Which can be a rewarding feeling in and of itself.

Brandon said...

I try for 2500 on a good day. I try to reach ten pages no matter what. I can always rewrite later.
Brandon
www.bloodredtales.com

Stephen D. Covey said...

Normally, I'll do about 1000 words per day.

During a high-intensity week-long writer's class (no interruptions) I churned out a hair under 3000 words per day of good quality content.

When I'm outlining (brain dump, little or no dialog, continuity, or research), I'll produce 5000-6000 (once 8000) words in a day, but this is first-draft at best, and mostly an outline in narrative form to be filled in later.

Editing? Third pass? I feel lucky to do 1000 words in a day.

I need more of those highly productive weeks!

Loquacious Me said...

My assigned goal per day is 500, but I usually get closer to 1000.

ManiacScribbler said...

I'm looking to have at least 50,000-75,000 words finished by the end of July (like, a young adult novel). Right now, I'm sitting at 15,000 words from the start of June. So...500 words per day? It depends. I can get up to 5,000 words per day if my writing rolls along well. I'm working full time at a summer job, too, and I don't have a lot of time otherwise. But, I'm looking to get this done, so I'm going to bump it up here.
ManiacScribbler =^..^=

Edward W. Robertson said...

Man, normally it takes me 3-5 hours to get the 1-1.5K words I like to shoot for in a day.

On the last one, though, I averaged 4-5K a day until the first draft was done. Revisions took/are taking significantly longer.

Aimless Writer said...

I go ten pages before my butt leaves the seat. Sometimes this happens by noon...sometimes midnight.

I have one completed work that is over 500 pages. Do you think there will ever be a home for this? (thriller/horror)
It sits on my desk because I'm not sure it's length will be accepted by today's agents.

Miss Lily said...

I average around 1,000 a day when I get a chance to write. When it's a good day, I can get anywhere from 3-5k done which it has been lately. Editing is a lot slower than that. I teach writing, reading, and social studies at a private asian school, so most of my free time during the year gets toasted by that. Summer breaks are a great word count time. lol.

Sarah said...

That's such a toughie for me. On good weeks, when I'm really into the section of the novel I'm working on I can eke out almost 3,000/day. But...on a normal, everyday day, it's about half that. So, I'd have to call my overall average 1500/day.

Mary Paddock said...

When I was still getting the hang of this writing thing it took me two years or more to write one 80,000 word novel. Now I can usually turn a first draft that I'm pleased with in less than six months. My daily count varies a lot, though I'd say it ranges from 700 to a 1000 on typical days and as much as 3000 when things are rolling.

joycemocha said...

When I'm working at the day job, I'll get anywhere from 500-1000 words per day. That can double in summer if I'm actually working on a rough draft and not revising.

So far, though, summer appears to be about revision and recovery from the school year.

Michelle said...

Right now I am averaging between 2,000-5,000 But this is second draft and the plot is strong and restructured. If it is first draft it depends onthe story and how long it had milled about in my brain.
Michelle