It is a great article, and I read it enthusiastically, hoping to increase my comparitively low word count. At the time, I was writing only a guaranteed 700 words of fiction a day. Unbelievably low for somebody who claims to be a professional writer.
In the article, its author, Rachel Aaron talks in detail about her theory that KNOWLEDGE (know what you're writing before you write it) + ENTHUSIASM (get excited about what you're writing) + TIME (track productivity and evaluate) = LOADS OF WRITING.
Since reading the post, I've been tracking my own productivity and evaluating it. I've been trying to find a writing routine that works for me. Findings so far?
- Mondays are always productive
- If I write a lot one day, I often can't think what to write the next
- Once writing, it's best to stay writing for as long as possible as interruptions (including making pancakes, reading, watching films, listening to the radio, the dreaded, ignoble, wonderful Internet) tend to be permanent
- Working from home for too many days in a row leads to increased napping and guitar playing
- Working in pyjamas for too many consecutive days can lower self-esteem and increase risk of napping
- If I don't write first thing, I don't write at all
- I CAN WRITE TO MUSIC
So, how have these findings improved my wordcount? From typically 700 words in a sitting, I'm now writing about 3,000 in the same amount of time: between one and two hours. It still isn't every day, but that's because I still don't have a concrete plot for my novel. I'm getting to know my characters and discovering themes (there are too many competing at the moment) and working out setting.
Once I have the plot sorted I feel sure, in a way I never have before, that I will be able to write 3,000 words a day. At least. I feel certain, by continuing to pay attention to my own writing habits, and how various factors effect these, I will be able to write more than that.
So, how about you? What is your typical daily word count? How do you write best? Do you think you could ever get to the point of writing 10,000 words a day? Would you even want to?