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Word Counts of A Few Famous Authors

How many words do you want to write a day?

 
 If you want to be a published writer you should sustain a regular writing routine. Nearly every writer I've met or interviewed has one and adheres to it. I taught a recent adult writing class on how to promote good writing habits that included churning out 1000 words a day. Writing every day not only clears your mind but it will give you more confidence.
 
Many authors believe creating a habit of writing every day even if you are not so good at it will help you to become a better writer.  The only way to become a better writer is to keep practicing. Many accomplished writers say they need to write every day to figure out what they really think about a subject. Writing forces you to think.


How many words do you think you can produce in a day?  I prefer 1,000 to 2,000 words a day. Whether it is working on a new book, freelance piece or something for my website. I don't always hit my mark, but the important thing is to keep writing even if you don't think the words are that good.


Here are some daily word counts and quotations from famous authors to help keep you motivated.


Stephen King: 2000 Words


"I like to get 10 pages a day, which amounts to 2,000 words."


Anne Rice: 3000 Words


"I have to get all distractions out of the way. I plunge into the work and I write an episode; I can't just clock in at 3,000 words. I have to have time to resolve things."


Ernest Hemingway: 500 Words


 "I had learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when they're still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it."

 

Mark Twain: 1,400-1,1800 Words


"In 1897, when we were living in Tedworth Square, London, and I was writing the book called "Following the Equator" my average was eighteen hundred words a day; here in Florence, (1904), my average seems to be fourteen hundred words per sitting of four or five hours."
 
Sarah Waters (Welsh novelist): 1,000 Words
 
 "My minimum is 1,000 words a day… Those 1,000 words might well be rubbish- they often are. But then, it is always easier to return to rubbish words at a later date and make them better."
 
J.G. Ballard: 1,000 Words
 
"I aim for about six hundred words a day and hope for at least a thousand when I'm on a roll."
 
Nicholas Sparks: 2000 Words
 
Sparks says a novel takes him a few months to conceive, and then about five months to write. He sets a daily goal for himself of 2,000 words, which takes him about five to six hours to write.
 
Arthur Hailey (Passed away in 2004): 600 Words
 
"I set myself 600 words a day as a minimum output, regardless of the weather, my state of mind or if I'm sick or well. There must be 600 finished words- not almost right words."
 
Holly Black: 1,000 Words
 
"I try to write a thousand words every day. I've actually put up my daily word counts online for my last several novels. I do this to keep myself honest, saying exactly when I wrote what part of the book. Certainly the comment I most often get is, 'That's not really a lot of words,' but it goes to show that just steadily working will get you a book."
 
Lee Child: 1,800 Words
 
"I write in the afternoon, from about 12 until about 6 or 7. I use an upstairs room as my office. Once I get going I keep at it, and it usually takes about six months from the first blank screen until the end."
 
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Keep writing and let me know what works best for you.

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