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Nearly 2k words an hour? Wow Rose, you’ve got skills. I also type fairly fast, but I’m only just now getting to the point where I can get close to 1k words an hour. If you can even do 1500 words an hour, you could breeze through NaNoWriMo. You could pump out 6k words a day with just four hours in the morning. You should do NaNoWriMo and then flaunt your skills when you write 150,000 words in a month instead of 50,000. xD

Bold of you to assume I have enough patience to write 4 hours XD I seldom write more than two, on a very good day. And 1k is a great start! That’s already way faster than I was writing when I started!

I’ve actually been considering trying NaNoWriMo this year! I just finished participating in Crazy Writing Week. (A sprinting competition where you see how many words or hours you can write in a week.) And I found out two things, a. I can write way faster than I thought, and b. I’m far more competitive than I’ve ever admitted to myself XD Anyway, that proved that I could manage NaNoWriMo, probably! It’ll probably be harder once school starts again, but still…

How many words did you write in your record breaking week? My schedule right now consists of getting up at a good time in the morning (6:00-7:00, unless I’m feeling lazy) and writing for 90-120 minutes. After that, I just write sporadically through the day. When school and college start up this Fall though, I’m going to have to really form a stricter schedule if I’m going to get writing done. When I first started writing, I told myself I was going to do pure sprints. However, now I really just find myself getting lost in the writing, and not paying much attention to time (though if I hit a mental block, I’ll really try to push through it fast). I should probably do a sprint sometime, to get closer to the that 2k an hour. This morning I wrote for 90 minutes and got out 1500 words.

That’s excellent! If sprints don’t work for you, you don’t have to use them! They help me because if I don’t have a set time I tend to take breaks every five minutes or my thoughts meander all over creation. XD

My record-breaking week, (This past week, last day was today) was about 15500 words! My previous record was 10k. I’m super happy with the word count I achieved, I honestly wasn’t expecting that much, but I got in the zone and it worked out!

(Oh, did I mention another important thing about word count is not to compare yourself to other writers? Don’t compare, if it discourages you. You’re doing great 😉 )

I prefer longer books much more. The longer the better, is my typical belief (unless it’s just long because the author filled it with bloat and verbose descriptions). Sanderon’s YA books are still over 100k (at least Skyward is).

Ooh, you read Skyward! Awesome! I really loved Skyward and Starsight, and I can’t wait for Cytonic! Spensa was an amazing character, I loved her so much! (I definitely giggled every time she’d start on her elaborate threats XD) And Jerkface… what’s his real name? He really grew on me!

This is interesting, because if you look at a lot of first books for authors in fantasy and medieval fiction, they are usually range from 150k-400k. Which I’m good with, because it’s hard to make something feel epic if it’s not long. I am not a fan of novellas. xD

That’s cool as well if you’re aiming to write an epic! I just honestly do not have the patience to write something that long XD I think it would be easier to write a series because then you have separate story arcs to work with. No idea how that works in epics, I can’t say I’ve read any. (Unless you count some of the lengthier classics LOL)

Hey, you made me think of another question for @everyone. How long in words do you like chapters to be, and what word count per chapter do you aim for in your own writing?

I actually didn’t answer that one in my last post, so I’ll answer it here. I’m still not sure what’s ideal, but my chapters usually turn out to be between 2000 and 4000, with 3000 being the ideal number.

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