Writing Life: Brandon Sanderson

Productivity Measure (Hours/Pages/Words)

Minimum 2,000 words or 10 pages.

Some days Sanderson would write for 4 – 5 hours, and some days it would be 14 – 16 hours.

Morning Person/Night Owl

Sanderson writes at night, though he’s usually working on a story 24/7. Even if he’s not physically writing, he will be thinking about it.

His hours are:
12 – 4 PM – writing
4 – 10 PM – family/other stuff
10 PM – 12 AM or even 4 AM – writing

Part-Time Writing Life

When he was a part-time writer working a full time job, he specifically chose a job that allowed him to write during work hours so he could still shoot for 2,000 words a day. But his advice to newbie writers would be to shoot for 2,000 words a week (286 words/day or rounded up to a nice even # of 300 words/day), which would give you a book in about a year. That’s 2,000 words x 52 weeks a year = 104,000 words at the end of the year, which after edits would probably come down to 80,000—a good book length.


  1. https://faq.brandonsanderson.com/knowledge-base/what-is-your-daily-wordcount-time-goal/

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