Lately, I have been setting myself goals of getting about 3,000 words written per week. I want to know how that falls in with everyone else. I googled it, and didn’t really get a definitive answer for what the average/recommended word count per week is, but I assume it depends on the length you plan for and whatnot. I know one of the big suggestions is to finish your novel in 3 months. Well, I’ve missed that. Going off that basis though, I should be writing about 6,200 words per week; roughly double what I am currently doing.
I see the pros and cons of this. I mean, if you get it done faster you have less time to second guess yourself, you can get into editing and rewrites sooner, and you probably don’t get on tangents and whatnot as often. I get that, it makes sense, and it’s all great and wonderful – but who has time for that? As you have probably picked up on lately, I try to get about 500 words out in the mornings before I head to work, and I usually surpass that, though there are also days I don’t write at all (depending on how well I slept the night before, which usually depends on how late I stayed up reading.) And I like this flow I am getting into, it may be a bit slow, but it’s consistent, and I am able to start/finish a scene every morning, and I can think about the scene in more detail in the time between my writing.
Honestly, I can feel that it’s a bit choppy sometimes because of these short writing spurts. But once a week I try and sit down for a while and get an entire scene out to make sure that I am on track with my outline. But basically, I’m happy with my routine and my progress. What about you guys, do you set daily/weekly goals for yourself, and are they high or low like mine?