Typing Abilities

13 years ago | Murazrai (Member)

Another curious question by me. If you are given a full day to type for your web fiction, how much you will be able to type? To me, it's usually 600-1200 words, but I'm now too distracted with video games and I ended up with 200-500 words. I just wondered, given total focus on typing, is it possible to achieve 10k words per day?

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  1. RavenProject (Member)

    Posted 13 years ago

    Wikipedia says the "average" computer user types at 33 words per minute.


    So 10K words would take about five hours. Totally doable in a day's work, even with distractions.

    I doubt you were asking about raw typing speed, though. :)

    On a good night, I can write four episodes which average 500 words each. An average night, one or two. (This past weekend... we won't discuss. This is why I build a big buffer. ;))


  2. Isa (Member)

    Posted 13 years ago

    Oh I am like the freaking Queen of stare at the screen, write nothing. I wouldn't think about it in terms of typing, because the words do not just flow like dictation. I personally gauge it more by whether I LOVE what I wrote at the end of the day. Even if that's only a sentence (and sometimes it is @_@)

    fluffy-seme: Serial Fiction; cute Russian hockey players, hipsters, traveling-binge drinking English teachers, vampires ... just not necessarily in that order.
  3. NiSp (Member)

    Posted 13 years ago

    i'm with isa on this one.
    although when it's only one sentence, i beat myself with catholic-like guilt... and i'm not even catholic

  4. nomesque (Member)

    Posted 13 years ago

    Yeah, 'writing' and 'typing' vary wildly with me. Sometimes I can punch out 1000 words in a 45-minute train trip. Other times the words just aren't there in my head, or they keep jumbling as soon as I try to put them on paper.

    But then, I have the - advantage? - of working a job where I need to work left+right brain in harness a lot. It tends to chuck out creative fiction ideas in an attempt to stop me working and get onto something more fun. *lol*

  5. Frances Gonzalez (Member)

    Posted 13 years ago

    When I'm on a roll, I can tap out about 2,000 words that are mostly worth keeping -- the worth keeping bit is important! Most of the time though, it's tough to get two pages out.

  6. Kess (Member)

    Posted 13 years ago

    I tend to have two windows to write per day - on my hour-long train journeys to and from work. In those, I can get a post done per journey (usually around 1,000-1,200 words each).

    If I have a whole day? Yes, 10K is possible. It requires having a clear idea of what I'm writing and little-to-no distractions (beyond coffee breaks and the occasional cat chewing on my toe). Also? Not letting myself go back and edit makes a big difference.

    I find it draining to try to do it that way, though. I do it during NaNoWriMo, but it's not the kind of thing I can indulge in very often. I'm seldom that organised with my planning. ;)

  7. zoewhitten (Member)

    Posted 13 years ago

    Not having a day job, I'm at an advantage. I can stare at the screen for many hours with nothing, and then have a flurry of activity that results in 2,000-6,000 words (No, really!)

    On my best days I can finish 35-38 pages. On my worst days...well, on those days I drink a lot of cough syrup, so my memories are fuzzy on what I actually do with my time. =^P

  8. allantmichaels (Member)

    Posted 13 years ago

    An excellent question.

    For me, it's not necessarily about the time - it's about the inspiration. When I'm feeling it, I can hammer out between 300-800 words in under a 1/2 hour, which is usually how I do my work on update nights. For some reason, I find my chapterlets usually just naturally run out of steam in that time, which is perfect for serialization (although I do aim for the upper end).

    I usually stop myself after writing the one chapter a week I'm currently posting, though I suppose I should build up a buffer for those nights when other things come up. It just feels more organic and right to me to type up the night I post. I did just hammer out a couple chapters on a new project the other day right after the other. They totaled about 1300 words. And I'd say it took less than 45 minutes.

    So with a full day 10k is totally doable.

  9. Clare-Dragonfly (Member)

    Posted 13 years ago

    A couple of nights ago I did about 1000 words in less than 30 minutes (though not, sadly, on my serial). On my best NaNoWriMo writing days I would do a bit over 3000. I could probably do 10k in a day if I really had no distractions and also knew where the story was going.


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