For some reason, I got the crazy idea that I could write 50,000 words in eight days, thus completing my NaNoWriMo novel in record time. That would come out to 6,250 words per day—an amount that would prove to be painful for one’s wrists. I suppose I thought that it would be doable because November has four Saturdays and four Sundays, so writing 12,500 words each weekend wouldn’t be as terrible as cramming 50,000 words into the last eight days without any kind of break.
Over the years, I’ve found that the maximum number of words I can write in a day is somewhere near 10,000. From what I remember, it takes literally all day and is literally painful, but writing that much can draw you so completely into the story that even though you’re in pain and you’re impatient because you want to get to the other things on your to-do list, you feel as though you don’t want to stop writing because you’re finally getting somewhere.
How many words can you write in a day?