On writing: the daily word counts of famous authors

An interesting article on famous authors and their word counts. How many words do you write a day?



Scott Fitzgerald once wrote to a close family friend and aspiring young writer: “nobody ever became a writer just by wanting to be one”. It takes time, and effort. You have to put the hours in. You have to actually, well, write (surprising, huh?).

We’ve previously asked whether there is such a thing as the ‘perfect’ daily routine for writing. But if there is no such thing as an average writing day, is there any guidance on how much you should be at least aiming to write as you start to pen that epic poem or finally look to finish that novel you’ve been working on?

R.F. Delderfield, the English author of family sagas, wrote 33 pages each day, and he wrote until four o’clock in the afternoon. If he finished a novel at three o’clock, he rolled a clean sheet of paper into his typewriter…

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4 thoughts on “On writing: the daily word counts of famous authors

  1. I enjoyed this post. I don’t have the luxury of writing every day but I do make time to write at least once a week. When I do, I try to average between 3-4K though I don’t always hit the mark. Sometimes I have a high spurt. The most I’ve ever done in a single day was 7900 and my mind was frazzled by the end of it. That was when I was pushing a deadline, which I am now. Hopefully, I can pull another marathon session off soon 🙂

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  2. Interesting post. It’s amazing how different each writer is. The most I’ve ever written in one day was fifteen pages and my bottom side ached from being glued to the chair. 🙂 I shoot for 5,000 words per day, but don’t always make it.

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