How Much Should I Write?

Okay, you know how you’re going to write your memoir, you’ve chosen a specific aspect of your life to write about, you know the time frame you’re writing in, and you have a daily designated time to write, let’s take a look at the next tip in our 7 Tips to Start You Writing Your Memoir series: 

Tip #5: Decide how much you’re going to write each time you sit down at your computer.

For instance, are you going to write 500 words a day, 1000 words a day or 1500 words a day? If you prefer to quantify your work in pages, are you going to write one page, two pages, three pages, or five pages each day? 500 words a day is a good starting point for most people; but, everyone is different, especially when it comes to writing. Most first drafts are somewhere between 60,000 and 80,000 words. If you write 500 words a day (5 days a week), in about seven or eight months, you will have a 70,000 to 80,000 first draft.

The best thing to do, if you don’t have a clue about how much to write each day, is to sit down and write for one hour. At the end of the one hour, measure how much you have written, either in words or pages. However many words or pages you’ve written, this would be a good starting point for you. Of course, if you go over your word a day or page a day, this just means you’ll reach your goal that much faster, but what you don’t want to do is consistently not make your daily goal.

If, after a month or so, you notice that you’ve been consistently going over your count, simply change your marker.

That’s it for now.

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