Posts on writing seem to get quite a bit of interest here, so I’ll use classicist Mary Beard’s question to say a little more about this again.
In her TLS column, Beard asks ‘How many words can you write in a day?’ She quotes a friend who claims 500 words is as good as you can get – 500 words of “proper original academic writing” that is. Beard is trying for 1,000, which is partly a result of a deadline for the next project. I’ve discussed this question before (then in relation to Foucault), and also picked the 500 words as a notional figure. Part of the reason for that was that with a relatively small number of writing days a week it quickly added up to a substantial amount.
As I tried to clarify in a comment to that earlier post, the 500 words target is good, finished, polished, and properly…
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