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To complete [[NaNoWriMo]]'s [[50,000 words|50,000 word]] goal, one has to write 1,667 words a day - a pace which many find unbelievable or undoable.  However, many published authors have written a whole novel in a month or write above that quota every day:
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To complete [[NaNoWriMo]]'s [[50,000 words|50,000 word]] goal, one has to write 1,667 words a day - a pace which many find unbelievable or undoable.  However, many published authors have written a whole novel in a month or write above that quota every day.
  
* In his memoir ''On Writing'', Stephen King says he writes 2,000 words every day, even on the weekends and holidays.
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See also [[List of 50,000 Word Novels]].
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* In his memoir ''On Writing'', Stephen King says he writes 2,000 words every day, even on the weekends and holidays. He also wrote ''The Running Man'' under the pseudonym Richard Bachman [http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/31/opinion/stephen-king-can-a-novelist-be-too-productive.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0 in a week].
 
* According to ''Prism of the Night: A Biography of Anne Rice'', Anne Rice wrote ''Interview with the Vampire'' in five weeks - the book is 338 pages long.
 
* According to ''Prism of the Night: A Biography of Anne Rice'', Anne Rice wrote ''Interview with the Vampire'' in five weeks - the book is 338 pages long.
 
* John Scalzi [http://whatever.scalzi.com/2014/11/01/a-quick-note-on-nanowrimo/ wrote 90% of his latest bestseller ''Lock In'' in November.]  He also mentioned a [https://twitter.com/scalzi/status/532629049797918720 quota of 3,000 words in November] and commented that most tended to make the final cut.
 
* John Scalzi [http://whatever.scalzi.com/2014/11/01/a-quick-note-on-nanowrimo/ wrote 90% of his latest bestseller ''Lock In'' in November.]  He also mentioned a [https://twitter.com/scalzi/status/532629049797918720 quota of 3,000 words in November] and commented that most tended to make the final cut.
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* Dean Wesley Smith [http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/writing-in-public-year-2-month-8-day-1/ wrote 763k in one year] ranging from 44k to 107k months.
 
* Dean Wesley Smith [http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/writing-in-public-year-2-month-8-day-1/ wrote 763k in one year] ranging from 44k to 107k months.
 
* Kazuo Ishiguro [http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/dec/06/kazuo-ishiguro-the-remains-of-the-day-guardian-book-club wrote The Remains of the Day, a 245-page book, in four weeks].
 
* Kazuo Ishiguro [http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/dec/06/kazuo-ishiguro-the-remains-of-the-day-guardian-book-club wrote The Remains of the Day, a 245-page book, in four weeks].
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* Barbara Cartland [http://www.nytimes.com/2000/05/22/books/barbara-cartland-98-best-selling-author-who-prized-old-fashioned-romance-dies.html?pagewanted=2 averaged 23 novels a year] and could [http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20069091,00.html dictate 6-9k in a 2-3 hour session].
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* Robert Louis Stevenson wrote his most famous work, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, [http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2000/oct/25/books.booksnews in three days, and again in another three days] after his wife burned the first draft.  Remember to back up your work! ;)
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* [[National Novel Writing Month (nonprofit)|NaNoWriMo]] [[Writers Board]] member Darynda Jones once wrote an 80k novel in seven days according to her Writers Board bio.
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* Chris Fox has written a book [http://rockingselfpublishing.com/fox/ in as little as thirteen days], reaching speeds of up to 5,000 words an hour.
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* John Boyne wrote ''The Boy in the Striped Pajamas'' in [https://www.thereadingroom.com/article/10-novels-written-in-about-a-month/1122 two and a half days.]
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* Michael Spillane wrote I, The Jury [https://www.thereadingroom.com/article/10-novels-written-in-about-a-month/1122 in 9 days].
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* Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the first Sherlock Holmes book, ''A Study in Scarlet'' in [https://www.thereadingroom.com/article/10-novels-written-in-about-a-month/1122 just three weeks.]
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* Kazuo Ishiguro wrote the Man Booker Prize-winning novel ''The Remains of the Day'' in four weeks. [https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/dec/06/kazuo-ishiguro-the-remains-of-the-day-guardian-book-club]
  
  
 
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Latest revision as of 23:07, 5 October 2017

To complete NaNoWriMo's 50,000 word goal, one has to write 1,667 words a day - a pace which many find unbelievable or undoable. However, many published authors have written a whole novel in a month or write above that quota every day.

See also List of 50,000 Word Novels.