Recently I was having a discussion with another writer in which the following subject arose.
At what rate do you write? In other words, if you were to add up the total time spent working on, say, an anthology submission somewhere in the 4-12K word range, what would it come to? If you divided the total hours by the length, how many words per hour would it work out to?
The comment was made that my time spent vs. output seems to be lower than most. As an example, total time spent writing my ROAR#6 submission was about 55-60 hours over a period of several weeks, which includes outlining, initial draft, editing (pre-beta, post-beta, and post-sub). The resulting story was just under 12K so all told that works out to about 200 words per hour. This doesn’t include any time I wasn’t actually at the computer writing, either before I first started on an outline or between sessions while it was in progress. That was one of three anthology submissions in the last two years; the other two (also in the 10-12K range) I didn’t track as closely but I’m virtually certain I spent well over a hundred hours on each (although both of those involved a lot more post-sub editing).
How does this compare to other writers’ experiences?