How many words should a writer write per day?Aspiring authors and screenwriters are often wondering, “How many words should a writer write per day?” So what is the right answer? You probably know that there’s no such thing as one size fits all. This also applies to how many words should a writer write per day. But, because people like to ask that question, I’m going to share with you what I’ve come across.

How many words should a writer write per day?

  • A read a book that believes it can help you break writer’s block by writing 2,000 words a day.
  • I heard that Stephen King writes 2,500 words per day.
  • A prolific author friend of mine writes 7,500 words per day.
  • My TV writer friends don’t count words, they count hours spent writing. And, whatever their word count is, it’s typically 4 hours of writing per day.
  • I vacillate between 2,500 – 5,000 words-depending on my mood.

But, here’s what I’ve learned about my writing process.

  1. It’s better for me to commit to at least 2,500 words a day when working on a book project because it forces me to be consistent.
  2. When I set a goal of 5,000 words per day for a book, I’m more likely to rush instead of thinking about of every word and every line.
  3. When I’m working on TV scripts or Film scripts, I focus on hours and not word count. TV episodes and Film scenes flow better when they’re broken up by scenes, not words.
  4. Consistency–writing every single day–has strengthened my skills as a writer.

Here are some tips for aspiring authors and screenwriters:

  1.  You have to devise a schedule and flow that works for you.
  2. If you only have 15 minutes to write, then write at that time. Don’t worry about the word count.
  3. Keeping a calendar of your writing days can help keep you on track.
  4. Don’t talk about it. Write about it. Telling people about what you’re writing can be a distraction sometimes. Sitting down and actually writing will help you to reach your goal faster.

If you have any questions about writing, email me yshiraz@yasminshiraz.net.

Peace & Love,

Yasmin

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