How to Set Word Count Goals

Last week I set the unrealistic stretch goal to write 40000 words in 4 days or 10000 words a day. Yeah. Didn’t happen.

I have since learned that most famous authors write 2000 or 3000 words a day. Sounds like not much? Well, I tried to see how much I could write myself.

I can write 2000-2500 words in a 4 hour writing session, which is doable on weekdays and weekends. So yeah. Also this assumes no BS, few distractions and no editing. It is quite tough to write 3000 words a day and writing 5000 to 10000 words a day is honestly laughable. I could write 10000 words in a day, but the quality would be utter crap.

The process is quite simple really. Just start at the top of an hour and see how many words you write in your given time span. I can write a solid, decent, unedited chunk of 2000 words in 4 hours. But then I have to go back and edit or quality check later.

I used to measure writing goals in terms of time spent. Now, going forward, I will measure using the number of words. It is much more sustainable to write 1000 or 2000 words consistently, daily, rather than try to cram 3000 or 10000 words a day in for any stretch of time.

And going forward, once I finish Part 4, Part 5 should be a lot easier if I stick to the 1000 word a day goal, which will let me finish the whole Part in 6 months and is less stressful than doing 2000-3000 words a day I am doing for the next week.


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