Tuesday, August 14, 2012

How Many Words Do Writers Write a Day?

You hear it all the time among writers. Treat the craft like a day job. Set a certain amount and then do it. Everyday till the cows come home. So let us examine what kind work they are talking about here....note: authors are listed in no particular order.


J.R.R. Tolkein 245 a day.

Stephen King 2,000-2,500 (365 days a year)

Didymus Chalkenteros- wrote between 3,500 to 4,000 books in his life time. (53 years) Take that Harper Lee.

John Grisham writes from 8AM-Noon (5 days a week)
* wrote The Pelican Brief in 100 days
* wrote The Client in 6 months

Victor Hugo-20 pages a day.

Ernest Hemingway
1,000 words a day.

Dean Koontz-3 pages a day.

Patti Callahan Henry-10-15 pages a day.

John Updike- 3 pages a day-365 a year

George Benard Shaw-5 pages a day-365 a year

R. F. Delderfield-33 pages a day every day-365 a year

Charles Hamilton-wrote under 25 pseudonyms-averaged 1.5 million words a year or 20-25 pages a day.

Jack London-1,000-1,5000 words a day

Samuel Johnson-up to 40 pages a day.


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