The Prolific Author: How Many Words Per Hour Can You Write?

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Have you ever wished to be more productive as a writer? The good news is, it’s entirely possible without having to transform into a writing machine or chugging down excessive amounts of caffeine (though a bit of coffee might boost your enthusiasm). If you’re like me, you wouldn’t mind increasing your writing output to bring more books and information products to market.

Measuring Writing Output

This aspiration naturally leads to the question: “How much content can I reasonably expect to produce?” The best way to quantify this is by determining how many words you can actually crank out per hour. This is exactly the question I have been thinking about lately. I started a test to find out how fast I really write. I’m eager to share my findings and understanding with you, and I urge you to use a similar approach to determine your own level of writing output.

The Experiment

Last month, over a nine-day period, I conducted seven separate writing sessions, each lasting about an hour. Some writers can sit for marathon sessions lasting hours on end. While I’ve done that in the past, I currently find that focusing on writing for an hour or so at a time is far more effective for me.

Results and Analysis

The results were enlightening: my total word count for all seven hours added up to 4,885 words. This averages nearly 700 words per hour. It’s not bad at all, though there are people who write much faster. My slowest session yielded 465 words, while my most productive hour saw me churning out over 1,000 words.

Lessons Learned

Here’s what I learned from my writing speed test:

  1. Preparation is Key: My least productive writing periods occurred during times when I was more preoccupied and ill-prepared. I could get more done more quickly when I had a clear idea of what I was working on.


  1. Consistency Matters: Entering a condition of stream when I composed consistently was less difficult. I as often as possible kick myself for not adhering to a more ordinary composing plan since I knew this as a matter of fact.


  1. Momentum is Crucial: The longer it takes to write meetings on a particular project, the more work it takes to go past the last known point of interest and re-emerge the stream.

Setting Goals and Expectations

With reliable concentration and planning, I’m certain I could likely build my hourly normal to 900 or even 1,000 words.

Translating Output to Publishing

Now, let’s translate this into how quickly you can publish a new book. If your goal is to release more titles, here’s how the math looks based on my writing time and word count. Let’s say I devote two hours a day, four days a week, to my current book project. That totals eight hours of solid writing per week. Using an average of 800 words per hour, this equates to about 6,500 words per week.


In just of three weeks time period, I would have enough content for a nearly 20,000-word ebook. With five weeks of consistent effort, that number rises to 32,000 words—enough for a small paperback. If my goal is a 50,000-word book, I should be able to achieve this in two months or less.

Of course, editing can reduce these numbers, and rewrites can add time to the process. But I’m assuming you agree that tracking your word count every hour provides you with a useful indicator of your prospective productivity.

Engage and Explore

Have you measured how many words per hour you write? Do you see the benefits of writing more in less time? What are the drawbacks to this approach?

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