When I google how much authors write, I usually end up with word counts per day. This page states Ernest Hemingway did 3000 words a day, for example. They have 38 other authors and their counts, as well.
This was a fantastic metric during NaNoWriMo when I attempted to complete 50,000 words in one month. I succeeded, and now I am editing that same story. Editing = not pounding out 3000 words per day.
Scrivener may think I type that many on any given day, but it was probably from copying and pasting from Draft #2 into Draft #3. Not new words. One day this week, it clocked me at 118 words total. I may have written 2,118 words but in the process of revising deleted 2,000 and dropped the total.
As a result, I’ve switched to tracking time spent on the novel. In addition to helping me keep tabs on how long each step takes, it may help me spend more time writing. This week wasn’t a great week for a few reasons, but I still averaged 52 minutes of time on the novel each day. That’s working on my actual story, to be clear, not writing here or elsewhere.
I’m setting a goal for next week of 60 minutes, on average, per day. I think I can get in another eight quality minutes per day without dipping too far into my Zelda time. Those extra minutes per day will equal a whole day in this week’s time! I’ll let you know how it goes.
Have you seen those ads for the Best Self Journal? I liked the idea but thought I could do something a little easier on my own. I ordered a Moleskine notebook (Star Wars, of course), and have been trying to use it daily in a similar manner as other productivity journals. I’m terrible at doing it in the evening, but after breakfast, I try to identify three things I’m grateful for, three goals for the day, and a prayer intention.
This week I read High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard. Look for a review soon, but one quote I’d like to share today is “Everything is trainable. No matter what skill you want to learn, with enough training and practice and intention, you can become more proficient at it. If you don’t believe this, your journey to high performance stops here.”
What are you training yourself to do today? This week? This year? In what area are you trying to become more proficient? I’m learning how to write a book if you missed my blog post announcing my adventure. I’m glad you’re here. Let us know what your goals are in the comments.