Good morning! I’m curious about how long it takes the avg writer to finish a magazine article from start to finish
Lisa Gant via twitter
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This is one of those ‘how long is a piece of string,’ or ‘how high is up’ questions. I can write a 500-600 word article about freelance writing in maybe 20 minutes because I know the topic well. But a 1,000 or 1,200 feature for something like Writer’s Digest might take me two or three several hour sessions. To do an interview and write an article takes even longer because of the interview process.
You could, I suppose, define three or four types of articles, including title, market, typical reader and word count and run a survey. If you did I’d bet the answers would be all over the map.
It’s also a hard truth that some writers are simply faster than others for whatever reason. I know that from being inside at both magazines and newspapers. Plus, there are days when it takes me twice as long as on others.
And typing fast turns out to be way more important than I would have every guessed. John Soares has a post called 8 Ways To Increase The Joy of Writing. One of his suggestions is to learn to type fast. What’s really surprising is the comments about fast typing and how many writers agree that it really helps the writing process. Who knew?
A better question is for you to know how long it usually takes you to write one sort of article or another. When you know that you can begin to set your rates and make deadline promises that make sense for you.
So, how do you estimate how much time it will take you to write a piece?
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