How much do you write each day? A look at my daily word counts as of July 2023
I write/edit/format/publish a new book of around 20k words every 7 to 10 days, something I have done since 2010 and now have over four hundred books (not novels) published on Amazon as a result. I do not write every day, nor do I set word count goals, so it is difficult to answer what my exact word count per day is.
However, as I usually write 3 days a week, in sets of 3 sessions each 4 hours long with 2 hour breaks between each session, and the most common word count my books are is 21k (twenty-one thousand words) that ends up with me writing on average around 7k (seven thousand) words per day.
I will point out that this is my full time job and I treat it like a "regular 9-5 job" thus the structured writing sessions and long hours. So I'm not doing this as a hobby and I don't have things like work/job to write around because this IS my job.
Also I'm writing Cozy/Fluffy/Sweet Romance in a Fantasy setting, so it's pretty formulaic, as plots go, and I completed the world building and character creation decades ago, so I am basically taking the same couple and slapping them into the same world, with just a new random encounter (literally dice rolled encounters from Dungeons and Dragons books, so I'm not even pre-planning my plots either).
So my entire process is very "assembly line", which allows for faster output, because I'm not world building, I'm not creating new characters, I'm not even wasting time thinking up new plots. I just open a random DnD book, roll dice against whatever chart is on that page, and that's the encounter my couple has to deal with this story, and I just write to see what happens.
Years ago when I first started this, I had a day job, I was still world building, still fleshing out characters, and still outlining plots ahead of time and back then it took 3 or 2 months to write 20k words. Over time I developed a routine that worked for me and doing that helped me speed up the process to where I am now, where I can publish a new 20k word story every 10 days. But it took a lot of years to work up to it, so I would not recommend anyone try to jump in and start out doing 20k a week, because you'll just burn out. Start slow and spend a few years building up to it. That's the best way, I found.
In the fast-paced world of self-publishing, it's crucial to strike a balance between productivity and self-care. While it's inspiring to see your writing speed increase over time, it's important to approach it with a long-term perspective. Rushing into high word counts without considering the toll it may take on your physical and mental well-being can lead to burnout.
When I first started my writing journey, I had the luxury of a day job and ample time to devote to world-building, character development, and outlining. Writing 20k words in two to three months was a realistic pace for me at that time. As I honed my skills and established a routine, I gradually increased my productivity to the point where I can now publish a 20k word story every 10 days. But that didn't happen overnight and you shouldn't try to force yourself to do that right from the beginning. Your health will suffer from it. Your health is important. Never forget that.
However, it's crucial to note that this level of output didn't happen overnight. It took years of gradual progression, trial and error, and learning from experience. To avoid burnout, I highly recommend starting slow and gradually building up your writing speed. Give yourself time to develop your skills, find your rhythm, and refine your process. Remember, self-publishing is a marathon, not a sprint.
Taking care of your health and well-being is paramount. Set realistic goals and establish boundaries to prevent overexertion. Incorporate regular breaks, exercise, and moments of relaxation into your writing routine. Prioritize self-care activities that rejuvenate your mind and body, such as meditation, walks in nature, or pursuing other creative outlets.
Additionally, seeking support from fellow writers, joining writing communities, and engaging in ongoing education can provide valuable insights and help you navigate the self-publishing journey more effectively. Remember, your long-term success as a self-published author depends not only on your writing speed but also on your ability to sustain your passion and creativity.
There is an importance to maintain a balance between speed and craftmanship though. If you are aiming at high word counts, but pounding out drivel, you won't make a career of this.
Indeed, maintaining a balance between speed and craftsmanship is crucial in the world of self-publishing. While it's impressive to achieve high word counts, it's equally important to ensure the quality of your writing. Readers expect engaging and well-crafted stories, so it's essential to devote time to honing your skills and refining your work.
Striking a balance between speed and quality requires discipline and continuous improvement. Focus on developing your storytelling techniques, mastering the art of character development, and refining your prose. Invest time in editing and revising your work to polish it to its finest form.
Remember, success as a self-published author relies not only on producing content at a rapid pace but also on delivering exceptional stories that captivate readers. Building a loyal fan base and garnering positive reviews depends on the quality of your writing.
Additionally, it's crucial to stay connected with your audience and seek feedback from readers. Embrace constructive criticism and use it as an opportunity to grow as a writer. Engage with your readers through author platforms, social media, and newsletters to build a community around your work.
Ultimately, finding the right balance between speed and craftsmanship is a journey of self-discovery and continuous improvement. By focusing on both aspects, you can establish yourself as a prolific and respected self-published author, delivering compelling stories that resonate with readers.
Editing is also extremely important. If you are just churning out unedited crap, you won't gain readers.
Editing plays a vital role in the self-publishing process. While writing fast word counts can be impressive, it's crucial not to neglect the editing phase. Readers expect a polished and professional reading experience, and publishing unedited work can tarnish your reputation as an author.
Investing time and effort into editing ensures that your stories are free from errors, inconsistencies, and awkward phrasing. It allows you to fine-tune your prose, enhance clarity, and refine the overall flow of your narrative. Professional editing services or self-editing techniques can help you achieve the high standards readers expect.
Remember, editing is not just about correcting grammar and punctuation; it's about shaping your story into its best possible version. It involves evaluating plot structure, character development, pacing, and thematic consistency. An edited manuscript demonstrates your commitment to delivering quality work to your readers.
Additionally, seeking external feedback can provide valuable insights into areas that may need improvement. Beta readers, writing groups, or professional editors can offer fresh perspectives and help you identify blind spots in your writing. Embrace constructive criticism and use it as an opportunity for growth.
Remember, readers deserve quality over quantity, so if you have to choose between fast speed word counts or slow and steady quality, aim at slow and steady. Your readers deserve your best quality.
Indeed, prioritizing quality over quantity is essential in the self-publishing world. While fast word counts can be impressive, it should never come at the expense of delivering high-quality content to your readers. Readers invest their time and money in your work, and they deserve nothing less than your best effort.
By focusing on crafting well-written stories with strong characterization, compelling plots, and engaging prose, you create a memorable reading experience that resonates with your audience. Taking the time to refine your writing, revise your drafts, and ensure coherence and consistency will pay off in the long run.
Quality storytelling builds reader loyalty, generates positive reviews, and encourages word-of-mouth recommendations. These factors are critical for long-term success as a self-published author. By consistently delivering quality work, you establish a reputation for excellence and attract a dedicated following.
While it's important to find a balance between speed and quality, remember that quality should always take precedence. Strive for a steady and sustainable writing pace that allows you to maintain the high standards your readers expect. This may mean adjusting your schedule or setting realistic deadlines to ensure you can deliver polished and well-crafted stories consistently.
What do you want to become?
What did you do today to step closer to that goal?
Whatever you do, be your best at it!
And remember to have yourself a great and wonderfully glorious day!
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Are you sure you're not?
How many people have YOUR hate filled words killed?
Next time you go to do a mean thing to a fellow human, stop and really think about the consequences of your actions.
Did you ever notice how every one has a story to tell about me, yet not one of them ever speaks the truth?
What lies has YOUR gossiping tongue spread about me?
Did you know...
October 16, 2006, bomb blew up my house because of YOUR lies.
August 8, 2013, the house which replaced the one the bomb blew up, was driven over by a backhoe.
November 14, 2013, my 8 month old infant son was murdered because of your lies.
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Are you proud of what you have done?
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