How many words do you write in an hour on average?

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How many words do you write in an hour on average?

Postby Chezecaek » Mon Jan 11, 2021 5:40 pm

I just read Algis Budrys's Writing To The Point and he says that an average person should be able to write a thousand words an hour. I reckon that's probably about right for a lot of people, but I've been averaging more like a thousand words every three hours for years now. I'm not beating myself up over this, but I do wonder what other people's averages are, and whether some of you might have techniques for writing faster.

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Re: How many words do you write in an hour on average?

Postby RSchibler » Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:55 am

Don't stress word count and production rate. We're all different. Some people write fast, some write medium, some write slow. Some produce clean copy, some edit twelve times. There's no one right way - as long as your way gets the story on the page and finished, it's the right way for you.
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Re: How many words do you write in an hour on average?

Postby Dustin Adams » Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:16 am

And it's about your own expectations.
I'd love to write more, have more words, etc. At this point, I've set a goal of 500 words a day. If I do this, by the end of the month of January I'll have more than all of last year.
But each hour? I dunno.
Again, expectations.

I've been clocked at 100 WPM, so my fingers could do the job in 10 minutes.
I just don't think as fast as I type. :)

I don't think I've ever done 1k in an hour.
Maybe I'll make that a goal as well, just for fun. See if I can get to the point I can write that fast. My writing muscles are very small. Hopefully my 500 words a day exercise will strengthen them and I can crank 1k in 1 hour. A nice thought!
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Re: How many words do you write in an hour on average?

Postby Mr H » Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:24 pm

Sitting down and typing out story, for me, 1,000 PH.

However editing and such changes the average, if you look at a "finished" piece. ... s-authors/

This has some authors daily word counts.

I read some authors, King and Rowling if I remember correctly, write 6 hours a day. So King at 2,000 is writing about 333 per hour. However he has also said the it doesn't matter if your reading or writing, so that could double it if he spends half his time reading. That's for 3 months, according to the article above, then he's into rewrites/editing and it all goes out the window.
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