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KTC
05-07-2009, 03:15 AM
I'm asking for a good reason...it is research. Could you please let me know if you have ever timed your word count and if so...how long does it take you to write 2,000 words? Thanks in advance for your answers.

Izz
05-07-2009, 03:50 AM
Hmmm - would vary from person to person, of course, and from day to day, too.

Me, if i'm really in the grove, can pump out 2,000 words in around 75 minutes (though whether they're good words or not is another story). On a general day, though, 2,000 words would take me about double that, so 150 minutes, I guess (with two minute breaks here and there).

I know another writer who can put down 2,000 words inside of an hour.

bettielee
05-07-2009, 04:01 AM
On the best of the best of days, I can write 2000 in 2 to 3-1/2 hours.

scottVee
05-07-2009, 04:01 AM
Of course, it will vary from person to person, project to project. An easy brain dump might hit 2,000 words in an hour. A technical article that isn't coming out right might need 4 hours or more to hit that mark. Some projects never get there at all.

Same with poetry: sometimes 100 lines just hit the page in a rush, and sometimes 5 lines (like a limerick) can take an hour to get just right.

= scott

KTC
05-07-2009, 04:02 AM
Thanks! I was ballparking an hour to an hour and a half. This helps.

scarletpeaches
05-07-2009, 04:02 AM
When I go ballistic, an hour.

Standard is about an hour and a half.

wannawrite
05-07-2009, 04:08 AM
Hey, SP, I do a daily 2000 first thing in the am with my morning coffee. It usually takes me 2-3 hours.

scarletpeaches
05-07-2009, 04:09 AM
Morning? MORNING? You write in the MORNING?!

Heathen!

Honestly. No matter how tired I am through the day I come alive at night.

There were a number of occasions I started writing in the late afternoon and got around 8,500 words done by bedtime, though.

KTC
05-07-2009, 04:11 AM
I write in the morning too. 4:30am for an hour. I just never really pay attention to word count. But I do think that the 1 1/2 hours is going to work for my needs. I am thinking of writing where you wail through it without an internal editor...so speedwriting really. I'm working on a workshop proposal and I wanted some time ideas for 2000 words...which is my suggested daily word count. Thanks to all!

scarletpeaches
05-07-2009, 04:13 AM
Yeah, the internal editor can go hang when I'm working on a first draft.

Funny thing is, when I ignore the blighter and just write like my face is on fire, I end up getting in the zone and what comes out is better than the 'angsting over every word' crap I churn out when I go slow.

Feast or famine, that's me all over. I either write nothing at all, or thousands of words in a day. Well, in a few hours.

Judg
05-07-2009, 04:19 AM
Two to four days. Next question?

KTC
05-07-2009, 04:20 AM
Yeah, the internal editor can go hang when I'm working on a first draft.

Funny thing is, when I ignore the blighter and just write like my face is on fire, I end up getting in the zone and what comes out is better than the 'angsting over every word' crap I churn out when I go slow.

Feast or famine, that's me all over. I either write nothing at all, or thousands of words in a day. Well, in a few hours.

This sounds very much like me.

scarletpeaches
05-07-2009, 04:20 AM
I am now scared.

WriteKnight
05-07-2009, 04:37 AM
"This morning I sat down to write.
I inserted a hyphen.
This afternoon, I removed it." Oscar Wilde

Chumplet
05-07-2009, 05:29 AM
While writing The Toast Bitches, I had a limited time to get 50K done. When approaching the crunch, I made a habit of noting the word count at the beginning of my sessions, then at the end so I could figure out how many I had to write per day in order to reach my deadline. I think I hit approximately 1500 to 2000 words during a two-hour stint, on average. But that was only when pushing myself in the wee hours before sleep.

RunawayScribe
05-07-2009, 06:19 AM
I can do it in an hour or two, depending on how 'into it' I am at the moment. I'd say about an hour and a half.

This doesn't include much editing.

Bubastes
05-07-2009, 06:24 AM
Between 1-1/2 and 2 hours.

Priene
05-07-2009, 12:15 PM
Three to four hours.

KTC
05-07-2009, 01:17 PM
Thanks all. I've worked up my proposal and I'm using the time of 1 to 1 1/2 hours...that will work for my purposes. It's only going to be used as a guideline...and there will be no punishment for those who come up short in that time span. Thanks for your answers.

RJK
05-07-2009, 05:47 PM
I think mostly the braggarts responded. I couldn't write 2,000 words in an hour if my life depended on it. If I'm in the groove, I can pump out 2,000 in 3 or 4 hours.

scarletpeaches
05-07-2009, 06:37 PM
Dunno if you were joking or not; I'll assume so, but there's no boasting in saying "I can write 2k in an hour and a half," if it's true. I mean, Kevin asked, so...we answered.

jst5150
05-07-2009, 06:45 PM
If I've got a hook and in the groove, I'm with SP -- about an hour.

Average: 2 hours (so, 1,000 words/hour and 16 words a minute; 4 words every 15 seconds)

Bad days: I'll do 2,000 words in 4-6 hours

Worst days: I'm on the couch catching up on SportsCenter (or Snooker, which is apparently dominating EuroSport right now ...)

scarletpeaches
05-07-2009, 07:44 PM
Is it? WHUT? WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME?!

*cue jokes about Neil Robertson getting felt on the table*

Didja see what I did there? CUE? FELT in the table?

I'm wasted here...

Cybernaught
05-07-2009, 09:48 PM
An hour for me, providing I don't ruminate much mid-sentence.

EFCollins
05-07-2009, 11:16 PM
2000 words usually takes me about an hour and fifteen minutes to write, if I'm in the groove. That is not to say that all two thousand words are good, but they do get writ. Writing 2000 words well; now that takes a bit longer, but no more than two hours tops.

Keyboard Hound
05-08-2009, 06:37 AM
Yeah, the internal editor can go hang when I'm working on a first draft.

Funny thing is, when I ignore the blighter and just write like my face is on fire, I end up getting in the zone and what comes out is better than the 'angsting over every word' crap I churn out when I go slow.

Feast or famine, that's me all over. I either write nothing at all, or thousands of words in a day. Well, in a few hours.

I find this to be true, too! some of my best writing comes when my fingers are flying and I'm too busy trying to get the story down to worry about metaphors or adverbs.

raburrell
05-08-2009, 06:51 AM
I'm pokey. I normally write three hours a night and 2k would probably take me 3 nights on average. If I get 500 words a day, I feel accomplished.