how many words will be finished then to become a writer?

@fwangaa (3058)
China
May 19, 2009 7:57am CST
i want to write a book . but i don't know how many words will be wrote that persons will like your books? when i see the novels . i found so many words that i am afraid i can't write them . that need many months to finish them . even several years. i am afraid i can't wait that time . but you must wait. so many words are difficult to finished just several days. do you know how many words will be finished then to became a writer?
2 responses
@ElicBxn (61069)
• United States
20 May 09
well, writing is more than about words, or how many of them you have on the page I have known several professional writers and they all say you have to treat writing as a job, to set aside the hours as you would do for a regular job to the writing. If you have a full time job already, then decide - are you going to try and write part-time? if so, are you going to write 20 hrs a week, 10 hrs? Some people try to do both a full time job and write full time as well, then you have to be sure you put that 40 hours a week into the writing as well as your money making job. Don't look at "words" look at pages. Don't look at minutes, look at hours, days. I knew one writer who wrote 20 pages a day, she might throw them all out, but she wrote them. I knew another writer who worked from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. then got her family up and off to work and school, then worked from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on her writing. Now, if she couldn't do orginal work, she edited something she had already writen. She said she did most of the initinal writing before anyone was up, and the editing of earlier stuff later in the morning. And, if she had time after the kids were in bed, she might look at the work again for a while, but most times she used that as her unwind time, stitching, watching TV or just being with her husband (or all 3.) Creating isn't a matter of words, if you need to write, you will write, that's the difference between artists and dabblers.
19 May 09
Hi there, This really depends on person to person - even story to story. Remember Stephen King has written books like Carrie that are just over 200 pages long and then the Stand which is 1400 pages long. I am a self published author and I write novella size stories - but I am building up to something totally epic...