How many words do you write a day? And do you have to force yourself? How successful authors do it

I’m working on a novel.  I should say, I was working on a novel… several years ago… still have it on a back burner… I re-blogged this post because it made me think about my commitment to finishing that project (my mother always said that a distinguishing feature of insanity was an inability to finish what you’d started…hmmmm)  and so, it gave me insight into what other novelists do to keep up the writing momentum… I have difficulty getting into the “zone” while handling a “day job” and the other responsibilities that accompany teaching, motherhood, spouse-isms, etc… but I know that the external demands made on my time, space and thought processes can all be controlled…ONLY by ME!

Read on… here’s how the “pros” do it!




Nail Your Novel

Dave writing This question appeared in my inbox from Adam Nicholls after I reported on Facebook that I’d managed 4,000 words of The Mountains Novel in one day. Adam DMd me, in not a little anguish:

How many words do you write per day? And do you have to force yourself to do it? I love writing, but it’s work.

There are two significant points in this question:

  • output; books growing steadily at a satisfactory rate
  • difficulty.

How many words per day?

I asked this question of a group I’m a member of, The League of Extraordinary Authors. Romance author Melissa Foster says she has no difficulty getting 7,000 to 10,000 words written in a day and that she adores the blank page. No issues with output there. (But there’s more to writing a good novel than stacking up the wordcount, as she points out in the comments below.)

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