Day Forty-Six, and Some Fascinating Numbers from Famous Writers
Posted by Elisa Beatty Feb 24 2012, 12:02 am
During the Festival, lots of us have been focused on word counts: how many words during a sprint, how many words per day, how many words of a manuscript have we written?
Stephen King famously writes 10 pages daily. That’s between 2500 and 3300 words every day. Every day, even holidays and his own birthday. Apparently, he’s a big believer in momentum.
But big, booming word counts like that aren’t the only option.
Ernest Hemingway wrote just 500 words a day, in the mornings when he had peace and quiet. Just 500 words. But he kept at it, and he completed many stories and novels that made him a good living, and made him part of the literary pantheon forever.
James Joyce was even pokier. He was a slow, careful craftsman who took pride in taking his time. According to a famous story, a friend stopped Joyce in the street to ask him if his writing day had been productive. “Oh, yes!” replied Joyce with a happy smile. How much had he written? “Three sentences,” Joyce replied. And in that fashion, he wrote Ulysses and Finnegan’s Wake.
So how has your writing day been?