Years ago, I remember tagging along behind my manager as neophyte technical writer while she met with a consultant.
That was the question that she asked, “How many pages should a writer produce in an eight hour day?”
To better put the matter in context, we were writing technical manuals at the time. Each manual was several hundred pages long and required extensive research and revision.
We were also using the technology of the time.
I still remember the consultant’s answer, “A writer should be able to produce four pages that are ready for the printing press every day.”
I thought is might be interesting to bring the same question into today’s writing environment.
With the original question in mind, I’m throwing the question back out to my blog readers for a new answer. If we can consider a page to be about 400 words, the how many finished pages do you think that a writer should be able to produce in a day?
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