If you are an aspiring writer, there are a lot of things that must be bothering you like should you sign up for a writing class, do you need a mentor, do you have to give up your job to write, how much should you write in a day, for how many hours should you write each day, etc.

There is a difference between being a writer and an aspiring writer. A writer is already writing however, an aspiring writer is just talking about writing. The biggest struggle of an aspiring writer is talking out time each day to practice their craft. Additionally, writing on social media does not count as writing. If you do not complete your writing project and keep on posting thousands of words online, you are not a true writer.

The following list of authors’ approximate number of words in a day will reveal how many quality words you should write in a day in order to become successful. Back in those days, there were no word counters but now you can visit wordcounttool.com to count the number of words you have written.

Ernest Hemingway: 500 Words

Of course, Hemingway is no longer alive, but when he was, he would stick around writing about 500 words a day. “When I am working on a book or a story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. You have started at six in the morning, say, and may go on until noon or be through before that,” Hemingway said.

Mark Twain: 1,400-1,800 Words

If there was a Mount Rushmore for writers, Mark Twain would definitely be on it. But he realized that sometimes it depended on the location of where you are actually doing the writing. “In 1897, when we were living in Tedworth Square, London, and I was writing the book called “Following the Equator” my average was eighteen hundred words a day; here in Florence, (1904), my average seems to be fourteen hundred words per sitting of four or five hours.”

Michael Crichton: 10,000 Words

Michael Crichton wrote several novels that were later turned into films. Jurassic Park was just one of the popular ones. Crichton passed away almost ten years ago, but he was an American author, screenwriter, film director, and producer that did very well in the genres of science fiction and thrillers. Also, his daily word count was always extremely high. “Books aren’t written – they’re rewritten,” he said. “Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it.”

  1. Somerset Maugham: 1,000 Words

He was a British novelist, playwright, and short story author. He was one of the most popular writers in his era and was also the highest-paid writer in 1930s. At the age of ten, he became an orphan and was raised by his uncle who wanted to make him an accountant.

Upon talking about the set formula on writing, he said that there are three rules for novel writing, and unfortunately, nobody knows what they are.