At a relatively slow rate of production of 20 words/minute, working on a conventional 8-hour day in the working world and assuming that only 75% of this is actually productive, a 250 day working year leads to a production word count of 1.8 million. So if you’re 5 times slower than this, you’re still going to potentially put out 300,000 or words, or a couple of long novels – all other things being equal. The capacity is there. Now, if you’ve already got a day job and you only get let’s say half an hour a day for that same work year, you still should be able to produce 150,000 words or so – again, all other things being equal.
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Where have you been all my life?! That’s twice this week I’ve said that; the other time was to a guy who introduced me to DMT…share the love.
Right next door, apparently…
You’re so funny 🙂
But I love this breakdown. Yes, I’ve got a job. Alas, it sucks the life out of me. The only time I’m good for words is first thing in the mornin’.