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How Long Does It Take to Write a 1000 Word Essay?

How long does it take to write an essay?

How long does it take to research an essay?

If you’re writing an opinion piece on something you already have some knowledge about, you may not have to do any research at all. It may just be a matter of organizing your existing thoughts into a coherent essay. If you need to find out about a topic before you begin to write, you can easily get information on certain topics, whilst others will be more obscure and therefore more difficult to research. Clearly, the easier it is to find information, the faster you can write.

How good are your reading comprehension skills?

Some of us can just skim a piece and pick up all the salient points. Others will have to read with more attention, and even re-read a piece several times to extract the information we need. Having good reading and comprehension skills makes writing much faster since you’re able to “get” the facts faster and organize them better. Now you know why you had to do so many reading comprehension tests at school.

How well did you plan?

Throwing yourself headlong at a 1,000-word essay and writing till you reach the word count may seem like the easy option, but it isn’t. Planning your essay so that it begins with an introduction, highlights the most important points you want to make and then wraps everything up into a conclusion actually saves you time. Sometimes, essay instructions will tell you how to structure the piece, so read them carefully and extract any information you can use to guide your essay’s structure.

How fast do you type?

Have you ever gotten lost halfway through a sentence? You know what you wanted to say, but halfway through, the thought slips away from you. The faster you can type , the more easily you can capture thoughts before your mind moves onto the next thing and you forget what you were trying to say. Typing skills are essential in the modern world. Consider using typing games to improve your speed.

How long does it take me to write a 1,000-word essay?

Faster isn’t always better. The more in-depth your report is meant to be, the longer you should spend on it. I can usually research and write a fairly technical magazine article of 1,000 words in three hours, but do remember that I’m a professional writer. I’m fast because I write all day, every day.

The longest I’ve ever spent on a 1,000-word article was 12 hours. It was absolutely brutal! The information I needed to gather was very technical, hard to find, and even more difficult to understand, and you can’t write something until you really understand the subject matter. I also had to contact experts for their opinions, but I couldn’t even ask about their opinions until I could target them with the right questions. As a result, I actually had to write most of the article before slotting in the expert comment.

The quickest I’ve ever written a 1,000-word article is one hour. In this case, I already knew the subject matter well and didn’t have to back up every fact in the essay with references.

Reviewing your work also matters

If you’re writing for grades and want a good one, you need a really good essay. Don’t start writing it the day before you have to hand it in. Try and get your first draft down at least a day or two before you have to submit your work. Then return to it and do your editing. Read your essay aloud to yourself, since this will help you pick up any careless errors you wouldn’t otherwise spot. Check to see if your information flows logically from one point to the next and make sure that you’ve presented your information clearly.

Remember, teachers get tired. They have to read the same kind of essay over and over again when they grade. If they struggle to understand what you’re saying, you might not get as good a grade as you would if you stuck to using short sentences and relatively simple language.

Your reviewing process shouldn’t take all that long. If you don’t have to make a lot of changes, you should be able to do your final edit in under half an hour.

Take your time. Whatever you do, don’t rush. You might want your essay to be written quickly, but if it’s an important essay, taking your time will give you a better finished product. Budget your time conservatively. It’s better to find that you’ve still got time left over than to run out of time and end up dashing things off with a looming deadline.

Below are some basic guidelines if you need a rough estimate on how long it will take to write an essay. It’s important to remember that there are a plethora of mitigating factors that can increase or decrease the time it takes to write. The below numbers are using an estimate that it takes about 3 hours 20 minutes to write a 1000 word essay:

How long does it take to write a 100 word essay? It takes about 20 minutes to write a 100 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 200 word essay? It takes about 40 minutes to write a 200 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 250 word essay? It takes about 50 minutes to write a 250 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 300 word essay? It takes about 1 hour to write a 300 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 400 word essay? It takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes to write a 400 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 500 word essay? It takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes to write a 500 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 600 word essay? It takes about 2 hours to write a 600 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 700 word essay? It takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes to write a 700 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 800 word essay? It takes about 2 hours and 40 minutes to write a 800 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 900 word essay? It takes about 3 hours to write a 900 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 1,000 word essay? It takes about 3 hours and 20 minutes to write a 1,000 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 1,250 word essay? It takes about 4 hours and 10 minutes to write a 1,250 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 1,500 word essay? It takes about 5 hours to write a 1,500 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 1,750 word essay? It takes about 5 hours and 50 minutes to write a 1,750 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 2,000 word essay? It takes about 6 hours and 40 minutes to write a 2,000 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 2,500 word essay? It takes about 8 hours and 20 minutes to write a 2,500 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 3,000 word essay? It takes about 10 hours to write a 3,000 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 3,500 word essay? It takes about 11 hours and 40 minutes to write a 3,500 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 4,000 word essay? It takes about 13 hours and 20 minutes to write a 4,000 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 4,500 word essay? It takes about 15 hours to write a 4,500 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 5,000 word essay? It takes about 16 hours and 40 minutes to write a 5,000 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 6,000 word essay? It takes about 20 hours to write a 6,000 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 7,000 word essay? It takes about 23 hours and 20 minutes to write a 7,000 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 7,500 word essay? It takes about 25 hours to write a 7,500 word essay.

How long does it take to write an 8,000 word essay? It takes about 26 hours and 40 minutes to write an 8,000 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 9,000 word essay? It takes about 30 hours to write a 9,000 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 10,000 word essay? It takes about 33 hours and 20 minutes to write a 10,000 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 12,500 word essay? It takes about 41 hours and 40 minutes to write a 12,500 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 15,000 word essay? It takes about 50 hours to write a 15,000 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 20,000 word essay? It takes about 66 hours and 40 minutes to write a 20,000 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 25,000 word essay? It takes about 83 hours and 20 minutes to write a 25,000 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 50,000 word essay? It takes about 166 hours and 40 minutes to write a 50,000 word essay.

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This isn’t accurate. I wrote my 1000 word essay in an hour, not three hours. You should change the times you have listed to reflect how long it actually takes to write. Obviously you don’t know since the mes you listed are not the same as what I can do!

Did you even read the article? The writer says that it’s based on what she writes and is just a general approximation. How long it takes you or anybody else to write an essay will obviously be different because you’re not the same as everybody else. Nobody writes at the same speed so how long it takes you to write an essay will be different for every person.

Someone doesn’t understand the meaning of “rough estimate”

Well then you must be superhuman or some shit I don’t care, I came here for a question not your butthurt comments. Also, if your so good at writing I wouldn’t have found 2 typos in 2 sentences 🙂

*you’re

If you already have all the research done and know what you want to say, then a 1000 word essay shouldn’t take more than an hour to write. In fact, it probably can be done in 30 minutes or less. The time-consuming part of an essay is the research and how long that takes depends on how much you have to do. But the actual writing of the essay shouldn’t take too long at all.

But research is part of the writing process. If a person writes a book, they don’t only count the time it took them at the typewriter writing. They count all the time it took to research the book as well. Trying to separate the two doesn’t make sense.

I think an important thing to point out here is that there’s a huge difference between writing a 1000 word essay and writing a good 1000 word essay. You can write an essay in hardly any time at all if you don’t do the proper research and don’t spend time editing what you wrote. If you’re going to write a good essay, it’s going to take more time. You should always give yourself more time than you think you’re going to need to get it done.

This applies to all writing. Writing and writing something something well will have a huge time discrepancy even if both writings are the same length. Just because you are able to finish something quickly doesn’t mean that’s the best way to do it.

Exactly! Actually, it can take hours or days to come up with the right line – or it can come in seconds. There’s no real counting in terms of the creative process.

Days to come up with the right line? 😀

It does. Sometimes, no matter how hard you look at something, you won’t be satisfied with it. It may take you days to figure it out. And then, one fine day, you suddenly stand up right in the middle of breakfast and then run upstairs and then type out the right line. Source: personal experience

I just spent 8 hours on a 500-word monologue… This comment made me feel better.

Wow, your advice is excellent it motivated me to do a lot better in my essay.

In my opinion, hours that are presented here a partially true. It may take about an hor to write 300 word essay but editing also takes some time. So on averege, I count the time to write the piece itself + time edit everything.

Research, first draft writing, editing, and rewriting are all part of the writing process. I think the time it takes to do all of them should be counted in the time it takes.

It takes way too long! Teachers should not be allowed to assign essays more than 250 words. They always complain they don’t have enough time and work too hard. It’s only because they make their students do too much work!!

This comment just makes you look lazy. 250 words is nothing. Any topic that needs to be explored will take many more words than this. If you don’t want to write, just admit it and don’t try to project that on others.

If you do your research, use annotations for resources and understand to whom and what you have to transfer than the fewer words the better. Remember that you are demonstrating deep knowledge of the topic by making it accessible to the audience without them doing the research. Simplify, simplify, simplify.

Contrary to what academia self-righteously preach, its imperative for any writing and explanation of thought to be simplified. If you cant explain it in short time/short essay you don’t understand it enough.

I disagree, I feel 250 words is way too less to explain any topic. In my opinion, the maximum word count for an essay should be 1500.

It should take long enough that you get all the points you want across in the writing, but not too long as to bore the reader. Writing should be engaging, not boring.

Nice philosophy, but completely unhelpful if you have a paper due tomorrow and limited amount of time to write. The real world doesn’t work that way.

If someone has an essay due tomorrow and they waste time reading this, then they are a bit of an idiot for giving themselves even less time to work with. If they’re leaving work to the last minute like that, then the only thing they should be doing is jumping right in and writing (or planning the essay, but that should be done much sooner).

This is so arbitrary and will depend on the individual. It’s like asking the question, “how long does it take to write a book?” For some, it will only take a couple of months while for others it will take a lifetime. it also depends on the type of writing you’re doing. Some writing is easy and quick and other writing is difficult and requires huge amounts of research.

The uphill task of writing an essay is doing thorough research. Once you have completed the research, you can deliver a 1000 word paper per hour

I completely agree with you on that one. I recently worked on a 4000 word essay, and while the research did take me three hours to conduct, I completed the essay itself in a bit less than four hours and scored a total of 32/34 points.

So happy to read that! That’s because I just realised, that that is what I needed to read. I’ve got two months to write six 2500 word essays. I’ve been procrastinating because I’m simply in fear of doing a bad job. I’ve done lots of research; made lots of notes; collected citations and written nothing. It’s time. I can do this!

I’m writing a 1600 word essay right now as I type this lol

Then show me after you have finished.

Im writing a 2500 word essay, almost done, I can’t even imagine writing a 10000 word essay in university, that sounds EXTREMELY painful 🙁

I found these estimations quite accurate, thank you.

I’m writing a narrative for my English class right this moment and the word requirements are 800-1000. I’ve only been working for two hours and I’m at 1,157. I’m nowhere near done…

your word requirements are 800-1000 and u have 1157? You’ve been done for a while I would say

Wow i have to write a 1 500 word essay in 4 days and I have about 1050 words left Dono how long thats gonna take me 😂😭😭😭

I am writing a dissertation and those estimations made me positive because just 41 hour to write 12,000 essay seems nothing. But at the moment I just finished literature review(though the hardest part yet) without editing I am already at over 35 hours of work. And that’s not even a half! But I am aiming for a good grade though…

I’ve found these estimates incredibly accurate in my years in college. I’m about to graduate next week and have one more 3500 word paper to write. We’ll see if the estimates hold true. However, the estimates (for me at least) don’t include the time it takes to edit so I usually add a little time depending on how long the essay/paper has to be.

Wow, these tips are helpful, Thank You to the creator of this website. These tips helped me a lot in my essay for school.

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How Long Is an Essay? The Ultimate Essay Length Guide

It’s safe to say that most students struggle with the word limit within an essay. Sometimes, it’s hard to find ideas for a text and meet the word requirement for every part of the paper. With so many factors influencing essay length, it’s easy to get confused.

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📜 Is Essay Length Important?

📏 essay parts: recommended length.

  • 🤔 How to Make Essays Shorter or Longer
  • 📑 Essay Length & Formatting
  • ❓ Different Academic Levels FAQ
  • 📚 Essay Length: Different Types
  • ⭐ Other Aspects
  • 📝 Essay Examples

🔍 References

Often, the phrase “word limit” causes panic among students. After all, if an essay is too long or too short, your grade will be lowered. However, in reality, there’s nothing to worry about. When it comes to words, limitations are beneficial for both the students and the professors.

Let’s see what exactly it means.

Many people believe that the longer an essay is, the better. However, according to Frontiers, research shows that it’s a bias that couldn’t be further from the truth. A perfect-length paper is one that allows students to express their ideas and showcase their knowledge fully while keeping it clean and simple.

What Influences Essay Length

Various factors determine the length of an essay. Here are the most important ones:

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Let’s start with the essentials. Usually, assignment length is given as a number of words rather than pages. Unless your supervisor or instructor mentions any specific limitations, it’s acceptable to be 10% below or above the word limit.

It’s also worth knowing the 80/20 rule . According to it, the body should constitute 80% of the text, while the intro and the conclusion take up the remaining 20%.

Keep reading to learn more about the recommended length of each essay part. The main numbers are shown in the table below:

How Long Should an Introduction Be?

An introduction is the first section and the face of your essay. For that reason, it needs to be compelling and well-thought-out. Usually, it consists of 3 to 5 sentences or 50 to 80 words .

An introduction must have a hook, some background information, and a thesis statement. While the attention grabber and the thesis are usually brief, you may need 2 to 3 sentences for the background. To avoid going overboard, try to stay on topic and don’t add any filler.

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How Long Is a Body Paragraph in an Essay?

The length of a body paragraph may vary. Sometimes, it can be limited to a single sentence. In other cases, it may take up a whole page. Usually, it’s recommended to have between 80 and 200 words (5-8 sentences) per body paragraph.

Since the paper’s body contains the most information, it’s necessary to explain and support your ideas properly. That’s why it’s no big deal if your body paragraphs go slightly over the word limit.

How Many Body Paragraphs Should Be in an Essay?

Like the word count, the number of paragraphs is determined by the type of paper and its topic. The minimum is 1. Generally, however, the body consists of 3-5 paragraphs , 1 for each argument.

To improve your paper’s structure, ensure that there are as many paragraphs as there are points in your thesis statement. Each one should have a purpose and support your arguments. If there’s any fluff, it’s better to get rid of it.

How Long Should a Conclusion Be?

Like the introduction, the conclusion consists of 50-80 words . It’s essential to keep it simple and only mention the central ideas. A weak concluding sentence may affect the reader’s understanding of the topic and spoil the overall impression of your paper.

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🤔 How to Make Essays Shorter or Longer: Best Tips

Undoubtedly the essay’s content is more important than the number of words you use. But there are times when students go more than 10-15% below or over the limit. Is there a solution to this problem?

Yes, there is! In this section, we will share the most useful tips to help you stay on point with your paper’s word count.

How to Make Essays Longer

Since having enough words is essential for a good grade, we’ve collected the best tips that can help you lengthen your essay without teachers noticing:

  • Use relevant quotations.  You don’t need to litter your essay with citations, but using them whenever appropriate is a great idea. For instance, if you’re working on a book analysis, referencing a couple of direct quotes from the source text will make your essay more credible and increase the word count.
  • Give examples.  Go through the claims in your paper and provide additional evidence where possible. It will make your essay longer and more informative.
  • Use transitional expressions.  Adding transition words and phrases is a natural way of increasing the number of words. It will also improve your essay’s readability. 
  • Add more references.  Providing references is always a good idea when writing a formal essay. That way, you will increase the number of words and make your paper more credible.
  • Work on your descriptions.  If you struggle to develop new ideas, go over what you’ve already written and consider adding some descriptive words. It’s a great idea for creative essays to include more imagery. 

How to Shorten an Essay

Another struggle of academic writing is cutting down the number of words in your essay to meet a set limit. We are here to tell you that it’s not that hard. Writing straightforwardly and keeping your sentences short is a key to concise content. Here are several strategies you may use to tighten a lengthy essay:

  • Choose the active voice.  It takes up less space than passive voice. Using it also makes your writing more professional and compelling.
  • Remove needless transitions.  Transitions can indeed maintain the flow of the paper. But some transitional phrases can be easily removed.
  • Get rid of unnecessary adverbs and adjectives.  Some students tend to overuse adjectives and adverbs. It adds wordiness to their writing.
  • Avoid running starts.  Some students like to start their sentences with long phrases like: “there are,” “it is believed,” or “the fact that.” Getting rid of them makes texts much more concise.
  • Delete “that.”  In most cases, the word “that” can often be easily removed from texts.

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📑 How Long Is an Essay Depending on Formatting?

As we mentioned earlier, the essay’s length is usually limited by the number of words. But sometimes, a teacher may ask you to write a specific number of pages. This is trickier because the amount of text you can place on the page depends on the formatting. By using the font size and spacing properly, it’s possible to make the paper visually longer or shorter. Let’s discuss it in more detail.

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Essay Spacing: How Does It Affect the Length?

  • Adjusting the spacing between lines.  Try to make the changes as slight as possible. For instance, if you were asked to double-space the paper, use 2.1 or 2.2 spacing instead. Another option is to slightly extend spaces between paragraphs.
  • Extending the margin size.  You can increase the right and bottom margins by a quarter to make very subtle changes in length. For example, if the margins are 1 inch , you can set them at 1.25 inches instead. 
  • Increasing the spacing between characters.  It is less noticeable than the line spacing. Still, try not to overdo it and keep the numbers between 1.2 and 1.5 . 
  • Adjusting the footer.  Add a footer with page numbers to stretch the bottom margin even further.
  • Lengthening the header.  You can extend your header by adding your name, e-mail address, or other relevant information. Another option is double-spacing it.

Length of an Essay: Font and Size

  • Using the right type of font.  If your instructor didn’t specify which font you should use, go for the bigger ones. We suggest Arial, Bangla Sangam MN, Cambria, or Quicksand. They will make your text look longer without being too on the nose.  
  • Using a bigger font size.  This is another technique that can come in handy. However, be careful and don’t increase your font by more than 0.1-0.5 pt.  
  • Increasing the size of periods and commas.   This is one of the less noticeable tricks you can use. For instance, if your paper’s font is 12 pt. , increase it to 14 pt. only for punctuation marks. Italicizing periods and commas will also add several lines of length to your essay. 

What to Do if There Are No Length Guidelines

Sometimes a teacher sets no word limit for a written work. What to do in that case? Well, first, you can ask your professor to confirm if they have simply forgotten to mention it. But if that’s not the case, here are a couple of helpful solutions:

  • Think of the paragraph number.  Sometimes, you may be given the number of paragraphs instead of words. In that case, you can decide on the number of words depending on how many paragraphs you have. 
  • Think about the topic’s complexity.  The length of your paper is also directly dependent on the theme. If the topic is simple, 4-5 paragraphs will be enough. A more complex issue may require an in-depth explanation, so your essay can be 6-8 paragraphs long.

❓ Essay Length for Different Academic Levels FAQ

The length of the elementary school essay is usually short. Usually, a paper needs to have around 3-5 paragraphs, with 4-5 sentences per paragraph. Primary school essays can be 1-2 paragraphs long.

The word limit for a middle school essay is usually between 300 to 1000 words. The most common essay length is 500 words, which is about 5 paragraphs. However, it may differ from school to school.

The length of the high school essay may differ depending on the school and the complexity of the task itself. Usually, however, a paper can be between 300 to 1000 words long.

The length of the undergraduate college essay often falls within the range of 1500 to 2100 words. It translates into roughly 5-7 pages. 5 pages is the most common essay length at this level.

When it comes to the graduate school admission essay, the word limit is usually between 500 and 1000 words. It’s possible to go slightly over or below the set limit; however, it’s best to stick to the requirements as close as possible.

📚 How Long Should an Essay Be: Different Types

Now, let’s talk about different types of essays. How long should they be? Keep reading to learn about the length of college essays, short and extended ones, scholarship essays, and research papers.

How Long Is a College Essay?

When it comes to a college essay, it’s more important to stick to the word limit than with any other paper. Some teachers may refuse to read it unless it meets all the requirements.

The shortest limit for a college essay is about 250 words which is the shortest length of a Common App personal statement. It’s also rare to see a good college essay with over 650 words . So, an average piece usually has between 150 and 650 words ; you can go over or below the limit by 50.

How Long Is a Paragraph in College Essays?

A college essay usually consists of 4-5 paragraphs . One paragraph takes about 1/3 of the page, which is roughly 5 sentences . Each sentence corresponds with one of the following components:

  • Topic sentence.
  • Explanation.
  • Transitions.

College Essay Length Requirements: Top 5 Schools

To understand the requirements for a college application essay even better, take a look at the table below. It showcases the top 5 schools and their length criteria for personal statements. Keep it in mind when writing your college essay:

How Long Is a Short Essay?

A short essay is usually 500 words long. Using 12pt Times New Roman font with standard margins and double spacing should result in about 2 pages of text.

Extended Essay Length

An extended essay is different from a short or a standard one. It requires extensive research and thorough explanation. That’s why the upper limit for this kind of essay is 4000 words . In this case, a typical essay length is 3500 words or 18 paragraphs .

Scholarship Essay Length

Generally, scholarship papers have a limit of 500 words , which is 1 page in length. Most scholarship programs provide additional requirements that indicate the minimum number of words or pages. If there are no set limitations, you can stick to the limit.

How Long Is a Research Paper?

Typically, a research paper is between 4000 and 6000 words long. Sometimes, there are shorter papers, which have around 2000 words, or in-depth ones with over 10000 words.

⭐ Other Aspects of Essay Length

When it comes to essay length, many different aspects come into play. Here, we’ve gathered all the essential information regarding an essay’s number of pages, paragraphs, words, and references.

How Many Paragraphs Are in an Essay?

Sometimes, it is more convenient to count paragraphs rather than words. Let’s now figure out how many paragraphs are in essays of different lengths. You may also check out the examples to see what such an essay looks like:

How to Count Paragraphs in an Essay Based on Word Count

You can also count the number of body paragraphs for your essay using the formula below:

Number of body paragraphs (average) = (TWC – TWC*0.16)/100

  • TWC – total word count
  • 0.16 – an average percentage of total word count for introduction and conclusion
  • 100 – an average number of words per paragraph

How Many Pages Are in an Essay?

The number of pages in your essay may vary from subject to subject. But it’s still possible to determine the number of pages based on word count. Check out the numbers below to see the conversions with bonus examples:

You can also use a specialized calculator such as Word Counter to determine a number of pages in your essay.

What Does an Essay Look Like when Typed?

You might be wondering: what do essays of different lengths look like when typed? Well, here’s the table where you can find out the metrics for single- and double-spaced papers.

How Many Pages Are in a Handwritten Essay?

In case you need to turn in a handwritten paper, you should check out the table below.

Counting Words in a Handwritten Essay

If you don’t have enough time to count the words in your handwritten essay one by one, here’s what you can do:

  • Count how many words there are in one line. Take the first and last lines and a line in the middle of a page. Let’s say there are 15, 14, and 15 words in them. Then, the average number of words per line is 15.
  • Next, count how many lines there are on one page. Let’s say there are 17 lines on a page.
  • Take the number of words per line and multiply it by the number of lines per page. In our case, we multiply 15 by 17. So, there are 255 words per page on average.
  • Finally, multiply the number of words per page by the number of pages. If your essay has 3 pages, it is approximately 765 words long.

How Long Does it Take to Write an Essay?

It is crucial to know how long writing will take you, especially if you are working on an exam essay or just short on time. Note that you need to consider the time for typing and researching necessary to complete a piece. Research time may vary. Usually, it’s 1-2 hours for 200-250 words .

The picture shows the fact about the average speed of writing.

Below, we’ve gathered the average writing time for average and slower writing speed:

And here are the results in pages:

How Many References Does an Essay Need?

Another essential part of any composition is the reference list. Different academic levels require different references. You’ll find out how many of them should be in your paper in the table below!

📝 Essay Examples: Different Length

Finally, we’ve gathered some excellent sample essays of different lengths. Make sure to check them out!

We also recommend you check out our free essay samples sorted by pages:

  • 1-Page Essay Examples
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Now you know all about essay length, word limits, and ways to lengthen or shorten your text. If you know other interesting tricks, make sure to share them in a comment! Good luck with your writing assignments!

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Figuring out your college essay can be one of the most difficult parts of applying to college. Even once you've read the prompt and picked a topic, you might wonder: if you write too much or too little, will you blow your chance of admission? How long should a college essay be?

Whether you're a terse writer or a loquacious one, we can advise you on college essay length. In this guide, we'll cover what the standard college essay length is, how much word limits matter, and what to do if you aren't sure how long a specific essay should be.

How Long Is a College Essay? First, Check the Word Limit

You might be used to turning in your writing assignments on a page-limit basis (for example, a 10-page paper). While some colleges provide page limits for their college essays, most use a word limit instead. This makes sure there's a standard length for all the essays that a college receives, regardless of formatting or font.

In the simplest terms, your college essay should be pretty close to, but not exceeding, the word limit in length. Think within 50 words as the lower bound, with the word limit as the upper bound. So for a 500-word limit essay, try to get somewhere between 450-500 words. If they give you a range, stay within that range.

College essay prompts usually provide the word limit right in the prompt or in the instructions.

For example, the University of Illinois says :

"You'll answer two to three prompts as part of your application. The questions you'll answer will depend on whether you're applying to a major or to our undeclared program , and if you've selected a second choice . Each response should be approximately 150 words."

As exemplified by the University of Illinois, the shortest word limits for college essays are usually around 150 words (less than half a single-spaced page). Rarely will you see a word limit higher than around 650 words (over one single-spaced page). College essays are usually pretty short: between 150 and 650 words. Admissions officers have to read a lot of them, after all!

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Weigh your words carefully, because they are limited!

How Flexible Is the Word Limit?

But how flexible is the word limit? What if your poignant anecdote is just 10 words too long—or 100 too short?

Can I Go Over the Word Limit?

If you are attaching a document and you need one or two extra words, you can probably get away with exceeding the word limit by such a small amount. Some colleges will actually tell you that exceeding the word limit by 1-2 words is fine. However, I advise against exceeding the word limit unless it's explicitly allowed for a few reasons:

First, you might not be able to. If you have to copy-paste it into a text box, your essay might get cut off and you'll have to trim it down anyway.

If you exceed the word limit in a noticeable way, the admissions counselor may just stop reading your essay past that point. This is not good for you.

Following directions is actually a very important part of the college application process. You need to follow directions to get your letters of recommendation, upload your essays, send supplemental materials, get your test scores sent, and so on and so forth. So it's just a good general rule to follow whatever instructions you've been given by the institution. Better safe than sorry!

Can I Go Under the Word Limit?

If you can truly get your point across well beneath the word limit, it's probably fine. Brevity is not necessarily a bad thing in writing just so long as you are clear, cogent, and communicate what you want to.

However, most college essays have pretty tight word limits anyways. So if you're writing 300 words for an essay with a 500-word limit, ask yourself: is there anything more you could say to elaborate on or support your points? Consult with a parent, friend, or teacher on where you could elaborate with more detail or expand your points.

Also, if the college gives you a word range, you absolutely need to at least hit the bottom end of the range. So if you get a range from the institution, like 400-500 words, you need to write at least 400 words. If you write less, it will come across like you have nothing to say, which is not an impression you want to give.

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What If There Is No Word Limit?

Some colleges don't give you a word limit for one or more of your essay prompts. This can be a little stressful, but the prompts generally fall into a few categories:

Writing Sample

Some colleges don't provide a hard-and-fast word limit because they want a writing sample from one of your classes. In this case, a word limit would be very limiting to you in terms of which assignments you could select from.

For an example of this kind of prompt, check out essay Option B at Amherst :

"Submit a graded paper from your junior or senior year that best represents your writing skills and analytical abilities. We are particularly interested in your ability to construct a tightly reasoned, persuasive argument that calls upon literary, sociological or historical evidence. You should NOT submit a laboratory report, journal entry, creative writing sample or in-class essay."

While there is usually no word limit per se, colleges sometimes provide a general page guideline for writing samples. In the FAQ for Option B , Amherst clarifies, "There is no hard-and-fast rule for official page limit. Typically, we anticipate a paper of 4-5 pages will provide adequate length to demonstrate your analytical abilities. Somewhat longer papers can also be submitted, but in most cases should not exceed 8-10 pages."

So even though there's no word limit, they'd like somewhere in the 4-10 pages range. High school students are not usually writing papers that are longer than 10 pages anyways, so that isn't very limiting.

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Implicit Length Guideline

Sometimes, while there's no word (or even page) limit, there's still an implicit length guideline. What do I mean by this?

See, for example, this Western Washington University prompt :

“Describe one or more activities you have been involved in that have been particularly meaningful. What does your involvement say about the communities, identities or causes that are important to you?”

While there’s no page or word limit listed here, further down on page the ‘essay tips’ section explains that “ most essay responses are about 500 words, ” though “this is only a recommendation, not a firm limit.” This gives you an idea of what’s reasonable. A little longer or shorter than 500 words would be appropriate here. That’s what I mean by an “implicit” word limit—there is a reasonable length you could go to within the boundaries of the prompt.

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Treasure Hunt

There is also the classic "treasure hunt" prompt. No, it's not a prompt about a treasure hunt. It's a prompt where there are no length guidelines given, but if you hunt around on the rest of the website you can find length guidelines.

For example, the University of Chicago provides seven "Extended Essay" prompts . You must write an essay in response to one prompt of your choosing, but nowhere on the page is there any guidance about word count or page limit.

However, many colleges provide additional details about their expectations for application materials, including essays, on FAQ pages, which is true of the University of Chicago. On the school’s admissions Frequently Asked Questions page , they provide the following length guidelines for the supplemental essays: 

“We suggest that you note any word limits for Coalition or Common Application essays; however, there are no strict word limits on the UChicago Supplement essays. For the extended essay (where you choose one of several prompts), we suggest that you aim for around 650 words. While we won't, as a rule, stop reading after 650 words, we're only human and cannot promise that an overly wordy essay will hold our attention indefinitely. For the “Why UChicago?” essay, we suggest about 250-500 words. The ideas in your writing matter more than the exact number of words you use!”

So there you go! You want to be (loosely) in the realm of 650 for the extended essay, and 250-500 words for the “Why UChicago?” essay.

Help! There Really Is No Guidance on Length

If you really can't find any length guidelines anywhere on the admissions website and you're at a loss, I advise calling the admissions office. They may not be able to give you an exact number (in fact, they probably won't), but they will probably at least be able to tell you how long most of the essays they see are. (And keep you from writing a panicked, 20-page dissertation about your relationship with your dog).

In general, 500 words or so is pretty safe for a college essay. It's a fairly standard word limit length, in fact. (And if you're wondering, that's about a page and a half double-spaced.) 500 words is long enough to develop a basic idea while still getting a point across quickly—important when admissions counselors have thousands of essays to read!

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"See? It says 500 words right there in tiny font!"

The Final Word: How Long Should a College Essay Be?

The best college essay length is usually pretty straightforward: you want to be right under or at the provided word limit. If you go substantially past the word limit, you risk having your essay cut off by an online application form or having the admissions officer just not finish it. And if you're too far under the word limit, you may not be elaborating enough.

What if there is no word limit? Then how long should a college essay be? In general, around 500 words is a pretty safe approximate word amount for a college essay—it's one of the most common word limits, after all!

Here's guidance for special cases and hunting down word limits:

If it's a writing sample of your graded academic work, the length either doesn't matter or there should be some loose page guidelines.

There also may be implicit length guidelines. For example, if a prompt says to write three paragraphs, you'll know that writing six sentences is definitely too short, and two single-spaced pages is definitely too long.

You might not be able to find length guidelines in the prompt, but you could still hunt them up elsewhere on the website. Try checking FAQs or googling your chosen school name with "admissions essay word limit."

If there really is no word limit, you can call the school to try to get some guidance.

With this advice, you can be sure you've got the right college essay length on lockdown!

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Writing can be time-consuming, and many writers, especially those with less experience, can worry that they’re spending too long on their work.

And speed is especially relevant to freelance writers who are paid per word or per article. How quickly you write determines how much you earn each hour or day. But of course, you don't want to sacrifice quality, as this could mean you lose clients and therefore your income.

To help you understand what kind of writing speed is realistic, we’ll look at how long it typically takes professional writers to write 1,000 words. We'll also throw in some tips for achieving your desired speed.

How long does it take to write 1,000 words?

The quick answer is that your typical professional copywriter is often able to research and write a 1000-word article in around one to two hours. However, this writing speed does require some confidence and efficiency.

If it seems faster than you could manage, there’s no need to feel bad about it, as it’s by no means a one-size-fits-all calculation. In fact, there are a number of factors that can speed up or slow down writing, including:

When starting out in their content writing career, a beginner writer can take three to four hours to write a typical 1000-word article. If you’re at this stage, it can feel frustrating to hear about experienced writers working much faster than you.

However, working at this pace is a natural part of your development. At this stage, it’s better to focus on quality over quantity; you will naturally learn to speed up your process as you go.

Level of research needed

The amount of research required depends heavily on the subject matter. With more technical subjects or academic writing, the research can sometimes take longer than the writing itself.

But other times, such as with opinion pieces or subjects the writer already has a lot of knowledge about, the reduced need for research means the entire writing process is much faster.

If you're a beginner writer, it’s good to stick to topics you’re already knowledgeable about, so your process isn’t being slowed down by having to do too much research. But where research can help, it’s important to put the time in and get it right—as you become a better writer, you’ll also become a faster researcher.

Typing speed

When you’re in the zone and know exactly how you want to shape the next sentence or two, then a slow typing speed can cause problems. If your fingers aren’t able to keep up with your brain, then you might forget what you were planning to say and stall mid-sentence.

But typing, like research, is a skill you’ll get faster at as you build experience. If you are worried about your typing skills, look up typing exercises and games online to improve your speed.

The intended audience

One thing that can slow down inexperienced writers is tailoring their content to a specific audience. Whether you’re writing a technical essay for a scientific publication or a casual how-to guide for a lifestyle brand, there’s always appropriate terminology you need to use and a tone you need to hit.

If you’re used to writing in a particular way, it can be difficult to adapt yourself to a new client with its own niche audience. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the house style by reading other articles from the same outlet before starting out. The more you write for an audience, the more naturally it’ll come.

How good is the brief

With many commissioned articles, the writer will be given a detailed brief by their client, or a template to work from. The more detailed the brief, the more time it will save the writer. If the structure of the article has already been laid out, that will save the writer significant time when it comes to working out how to approach the article. A good brief can also explain the tone required and even give leads on research.

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With a less detailed brief, you will have to spend more time working out how to approach your article. How detailed a brief is can vary a lot from job to job, and of course, if it’s an article you’ve pitched yourself or your own project, you may not have one at all.

Concentration

One major factor that affects how long it takes to write an article is how much the writer is able to concentrate on it. Allowing yourself to be distracted can make a two-hour exercise stretch out into four hours.

While some distractions can’t be helped, especially if you’re in a busy environment, it’s best to make time where you can concentrate on just your writing. Then you’ll have more time later to deal with other things.

7 Tips to Cut Your Writing Time Down

Tip one: write an outline.

If you start writing an article with no plan for how it will be structured, you’re likely to encounter problems. You could find yourself stalled with no idea what to do next, or even going back and rewriting sections.

By writing an outline of your article before starting, you can save yourself a lot of time. This can be as brief or as detailed as you like, as long as you work out the key structure of the article and which points are made in which sections.

A common structure for a 1000-word article is to assign 100 words each to the introduction and conclusion, with four 200-word sections in between.

Tip Two: Cut out distractions

The more you can reduce the amount of things that could potentially distract you, the more you can focus on your writing. Keep a clean and tidy writing space, ideally somewhere quiet. Put your phone away, close down unrelated browser tabs and apps such as social media or email, and put your word process on full-screen mode.

If you’re struggling to avoid distractions, then you may want to look into alternative writing software with focus modes, or to try out focus techniques such as the pomodoro technique. This is where you alternate 25-minute sessions of strict focus with five-minute breaks where you can allow yourself to get a snack or look at Twitter. By giving yourself these breaks, you reduce the urge to do other things while writing.

Tip Three: Do all your research first

If you’re writing about a subject that requires a lot of research, then don’t dive headfirst into the writing. You’ll find yourself stalling a lot and having to check things elsewhere, which will slow down your process. And, if it’s clear from the writing that you don’t know what you’re talking about, you’ll end up having to rewrite.

So, it’s important to set aside time to do all your research in advance. This may feel like a time-consuming process when you want to be writing, but you’ll save a lot of time later. With a solid bank of research to refer to as you write, the process will be smooth and efficient, and your writing will be more confident.

If your research involves contacting experts, make sure you leave enough time for them to respond, ideally a few days, after you’ve reached out to them. You don’t want to have to delay writing your article because you’re waiting for an email back.

Tip Four: Don’t worry about a perfect first draft

When you’re writing, it can be easy to obsess over getting every word right. But if, every time you finish a sentence, you go back and reword that sentence again and again until it’s perfect, you’ll end up spending a lot of time making not much progress.

A good maxim is “don’t get it right, get it written.” The process of rewriting is much easier and faster once you have the entire article written, and you’ll feel much better about it thanks to having a complete draft.

This also allows you to make bigger changes before dealing with the small things—there’s no point fretting over getting a sentence right when you may end up changing the whole paragraph later.

Tip Five: Query issues in the brief

If something is unclear or unspecified in an article brief, you may be tempted to work it out for yourself and just get on with it. However, it’s always better to check anything you’re unsure about with the editor or client first.

The time saved by not asking will be more than canceled out by the time wasted if you make a wrong assumption and are later asked to rewrite.

Tip Six: Write in your most productive hours

How much a writer is able to concentrate on their writing can vary over the course of the day, and the ideal time to write is different for everyone. You may find it easiest to concentrate when there are less potential distractions, such as early in the morning or late at night. Or you may work better fitting your writing into a more traditional workday schedule.

Granted, this won’t always be possible for writers with less flexibility, such as those working around another job or with family commitments. However, the more you’re able to schedule regular writing hours at a time that works for you, the more productive you’ll find yourself to be.

Tip Seven: Work out your own process

One of the most useful pieces of advice a writer can be given is to take the advice they want to take. That’s not to say you should dismiss guidance on a whim, but that, instead of taking any one prescribed writing process as gospel, you should try out a number of techniques.

Everyone works differently. For example, some writers outline their work in great detail before starting a draft, while others barely outline at all. As you experiment, you’ll find yourself naturally inclined to a process that works best for you.

Trust your instincts—the more you write, the more you’ll learn what process works best for you, and the more confident and faster a writer you’ll become.

The answer to the question “how long does it take to write 1000 words?” is: it varies. While a professional writer will often complete an article in an hour or two, beginners may take twice as long, and there are multiple factors that may make it take longer, such as the level of research required and the amount of detail in the brief.

While it’s better to aim for quality rather than quantity when starting out on your writing career, hopefully our tips will be able to help you increase your average writing speed. As you exercise your writing muscles regularly, you’ll find your ideal writing process, and become a faster and more efficient writer.

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Introduction.

Writing essays is a common task for students, professionals, and writers, but it can be challenging to estimate how much time it will take to complete a specific essay. The “Essay Time Calculator” is a practical tool that helps you plan and manage your time effectively when tackling essay assignments. Whether you’re a student working on an academic paper or a writer with a tight deadline, this calculator simplifies the process of determining how much time you need to complete your essay.

The “Essay Time Calculator” estimates the time required to write an essay based on several factors, including word count, complexity, and your writing speed. While there isn’t a precise formula, the calculator uses a straightforward calculation:

Time (in minutes) = Word Count ÷ Words Per Minute

  • “Time” represents the estimated time required to write the essay in minutes.
  • “Word Count” is the total number of words in the essay.
  • “Words Per Minute” is your average writing speed, typically expressed in words written per minute.

The calculator uses these values to provide a reasonable estimate of the time you’ll need to complete your essay.

How to Use?

Using the “Essay Time Calculator” is a simple and practical process. Follow these steps to make the most of it:

  • Input : Start by entering the total word count for your essay in the provided field.
  • Adjust Complexity : Select the complexity level of your essay from the dropdown menu (e.g., simple, moderate, complex).
  • Enter Writing Speed : Specify your average writing speed in words per minute. If you’re unsure, a common average is around 200 words per minute for casual writing.
  • Calculate : Click the “Calculate” button, and the tool will provide an estimated time for completing your essay.

Suppose you need to write a 1,000-word essay with a moderate level of complexity, and you type at an average speed of 250 words per minute. Here’s how to use the calculator:

  • Input : Enter 1,000 in the word count field.
  • Adjust Complexity : Select “Moderate” from the complexity dropdown menu.
  • Enter Writing Speed : Input 250 as your words per minute.
  • Calculate : Click the “Calculate” button.

The calculator may estimate that you’ll need approximately 4 minutes to complete this essay.

1. Can this calculator provide an exact time estimate?

The calculator provides an estimate based on the input parameters, but actual writing times may vary depending on individual writing speed, research, and revision.

2. What if my essay is very complex or technical?

For highly complex or technical essays, you might want to adjust the complexity setting to “Complex” to provide a more accurate estimate.

3. How can I improve my writing speed?

Improving writing speed requires practice and familiarity with the topic. Consider pre-writing tasks, like outlining, to streamline the writing process.

4. Can I use this calculator for any type of writing, not just essays?

While it’s primarily designed for essays, you can adapt it for other writing tasks like reports, articles, or creative writing by adjusting the complexity and content type to fit your needs.

Conclusion:

The “Essay Time Calculator” is a valuable tool for anyone who needs to estimate the time required to complete essay assignments. By taking into account factors such as word count, complexity, and writing speed, this calculator offers a practical guideline for planning and managing your time effectively. While it provides estimates, individual writing processes may differ, so it’s important to adapt the results to your specific circumstances. This tool simplifies the task of gauging the time commitment for your writing projects, helping you stay organized and meet your deadlines with greater ease.

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Would you like to be much more productive as a writer? It’s possible, and you don’t have to turn into a machine or ingest huge amounts of caffeine to do it. (Although a bit of coffee might help goose your enthusiasm.)

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Table of Contents: • How much can you write in an hour? • My writing speed test results • How quickly can you publish a new book?

Updated March 2023.

If you’re like me, you wouldn’t mind increasing your writing output so you can get more books and information products to market.

This aspiration naturally leads to the question, “How much content can I reasonably expect to produce?” The best way to quantify it is to find out how many words you actually crank out per hour.

I wondered the same thing recently. So I set out to uncover what my real writing speed is. I’m happy to share with you the results and what I learned. And I encourage you to go through this same process to determine your own writing production level.

How much can you write in an hour?

Last month, over a nine-day period, I did seven separate writing sessions of about an hour each.

I know that some writers can sit for hours on end through marathon writing sessions. While I’ve done that in the past, these days I find I’m more effective when I focus on writing for an hour or so at a time.

The results : My grand total for all seven hours added up to 4,885 words.

That’s an average of nearly 700 words per hour. Not bad. There are people who write a lot faster, but I was pretty happy with that number.

My slowest writing session was just 465 words an hour, while I cranked out more than 1,000 words during my most productive hour.

My writing speed test results

Here’s what I learned :

  • My lowest word counts came during sessions when I was less prepared and more distracted.
  • When I had a clear outline of the section I was working on, I could get into it faster and make more progress.
  • The more I wrote consistently day after day, the easier it was to get into a state of flow. Of course, I knew this from previous experience (and that’s why I kick myself for not writing on a more regular schedule).
  • The longer the time in between writing sessions on the same book, the more energy you must expend to remind yourself where you left off and get back into the flow.
  • With consistent focus and preparation, I feel confident I could probably up my hourly average to 900 or 1,000 words.

How quickly can you publish a new book?

Now let’s translate this into the frequency with which you can publish new books!

To demonstrate, I’ll apply it to my situation…

If my goal is to release more titles, here’s what the math looks like related to my writing time and word count:

Let’s be modest and say I can devote two hours a day, four days a week, to working on a current book project.

That’s eight hours a week of solid writing. If I use 800 words per hour as my average, that equals about 6,500 words per week.

In just three weeks I’d have enough content for a nearly 20,000-word ebook. In five weeks of consistent effort that number would rise to 32,000 words – enough for a small paperback.

If 50,000 words was my goal, that should be easily doable in two months or less.

Of course, I realize that editing can easily reduce these numbers and rewrites can add time to the process. But I hope you agree that measuring where you are with your hourly word count gives you a way to determine your potential output.

Have you measured how many words per hour you write? Do you see the benefit of writing more in less time? What are the drawbacks of this approach?

I welcome your comments below.

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I have published 35 books so far. On average I write about 1000 a day and I am happy as long as I can do that. With a day job, teaching twice a month and selling on ebay, laundry and living life in general, its a fair expectation. Energy is my biggest issue. Its not data entry, you have to create the story, make it up as you go. That takes mind power and energy. 1000 a words a day is not too bad. Like the others say, its not a race. Quality over quantity :-)

Interesting reflections. I think that word count is really personal, yet it is useful to see what works for other writers. I think that the topics we deal with affect the word count since it´s not the same to write blogs than fiction.

Surprised, I am journaling and find that I pretty consistently write 2200 words per hour, albeit rarely that long at a time, usualy in 20 or 30 minute sessions. However, this is not deeply considered writing. Nonetheless, I thought I was terribly slow. I guess not.

I write, on average, 1500 words per hour, though occasionally I can breach the 2000 W/H barrier. However, I generally spend around 5 minutes before I write a scene to outline it excessively, so that I write quicker.

I’ve written 1’000 words in a hour it was easy

Writing is an artform. To do it any justice, we as writers make great pains and spend long, thoughtful hours ruminating over our content.

If one is speaking of writing Copy, then I would agree that your productivity challenge would be effective indeed! Much the same can be said for Text Book Writers, Manual Writers, and Nonfiction Writers. All of these platforms have predetermined facts, directions, and historical facts that can be broken down into a helpful outline. There is very little imagination that goes into predetermined information. Unfortunately, for the less rigid writing platforms, the expression ‘You can’t rush art’ applies.

As a Fantasy/Fiction writer, I find that attempting an outline is not much different than learning how to skate for the first time. In other words, it’s challenging, more than is necessary. Lists often help me more so than outlines. But I won’t force my mind into a yolk that I can’t bear up under…words per hour isn’t an across the board fix for all writing platforms, and in my opinion, is only beneficial to a specialized few.

I never count. I write and revise until I am happy with the content. So, I am more focused on quality than quantity.

When I’m typing something I’m pretty sure of–like a blog post where I cam babble like I’m talking, I can get off an 800-ish word post in a little over an hour. If I have to stop and check facts or if I’m writing fiction and not real clear about how I’m going to handle a scene, that can drop to less than 200 words per hour. Doesn’t really have anything to to with how “prepared” I am to write.

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However quickly you might finish … there’s still the editing; the re-editing; the re-re-editing; the re-re-re-editing … and so on, and so forth.

Yeah, that’s why I always try to look at revision as part of the writing process. Revision is writing. Writing is revision. And then one day you throw your hands up and just publish the thing!

@ChrisRobley

Besides, to me, outlining is integral to writing. The better the outline, the faster the writing.

This actually made me realise it’s not going to take forever to write my novel. All I really need to do it get around to sitting down and writing, and from there I’ll be unstoppable (I say that now, but writers block will definitely set it haha).

And make sure to leave time for revision, editing, playing around, etc. Glad this article was a good kick in the pants!

I don’t know… just because you can write 400 or so words per hour doesn’t mean you can write double that in two or triple in three hours. You may be a sprinter. Some days you may writer slower, or after the first burst you may slow down so each subsequent half-hour produces fewer words. You may only be able to give a certain among of time per day before life intrudes. You may need to take a day off every so often to prevent burn-out.

I have recently figured out how many words I can write in a day by writing every day for a week, after which I ended up with 8,000 words. That gave me a realistic goal for myself, and it told me not only how many words on average I should write in a day, but how much of my day I have to expect to give to other activities. It’s no good saying “I’ll write 4 hours” if in reality, I won’t. And I don’t go by hors anyway, b/c some days I can write 3,000 words in the time I take to write 500 the next day. So my goal is 8,000 a week, and my pace is 1,200 per day. I call the daily one a pace b/c it tells me where I have to be each day to make my weekly goal. If I fall behind, I have to make it up the next day, no waiting till day six and hoping to catch up 6,000 words. So far it’s working.

It’s interesting to get a glimpse into different writer’s habits and practice. Thanks for sharing. I generally don’t have the word count pressure weighing on me… because, well, it’s poetry. Often it’s about getting rid of words, but when I do have longer prose projects I tend work best when I can do the hours method. Like, I don’t care how much I write as long as I’m sitting here trying for 2 hours a day, or whatever. But I can definitely see the benefit of putting those word goals out there, and using it as motivation if you fall behind. Thanks again.

I like to keep track of the number of words I am writing per day, and what I’ve noticed is that the larger the window for writing, the higher the average. When working on lighter fictional works, that translates to over 1,000 words an hour when I’m having a good day. But if I’m stopping and starting, I might be lucky to write 400 words in a hour. One of the best days I’ve had netted me 12,000 words, and when I re-read it later, I was pretty pleased with what I’d written. Not perfect by any means, but mostly just how I wanted it.

So how do I try to achieve a ‘good day’? One of the best ways to keep the flow going is to allocate yourself a chunk of time (sometimes I write through the night – desperate I know, but at least it’s quiet). Then to feel really at home with your characters and their motivations, and also to not let yourself get distracted.

TOP TRICK I’ll let you into a little secret. One of the ways I avoid ‘stalling’ is to substitute a word I can’t think of that moment with ‘xx’, and then come back to it later. That way I don’t interrupt the flow.

Using ‘xx’ is also useful if I can’t remember something to do with continuity – such as a minor character’s name or place name that I know I’ve referred to before. My trick for that is to keep a separate document where I list all of the characters and places for that book/series, but again, don’t even look at the list when you’re in a flow – use xx for now! It is easier and better for time management to search for ‘xx’es and sort them out all at once at a later date.

A word of caution though for those of us who delight in counting our words – for every day spent writing freely, you will have several days of painstaking re-reading and editing. So on those days, the word count is more likely to go backwards than forwards. To my mind that’s the hardest bit of becoming an author…

Great points. If you’re looking only at word count then you’re creating a lot of revision work later on. Also, I TOTALLY do that XX thing! I even use “XX.” I also sometimes use the recorder on my iPhone to dictate some stuff and I say “something here kinds like (the missing idea).”

And wow, 12,000 words in a day! Did you sleep for the next week?

Hi. This all makes sense and would really be helpful! Just wondering if there’s a way to come up with a word count for the outlining or planning stage of writing? I find it extremely difficult to set goals for the index card/prep stage – any thoughts?

Instead of thinking about word count, what if you broke the outlining stage into chapter outlines per day/week. For instance, give yourself 6 weeks to finish the outline; 5 workdays a week X 6 weeks = 30 writing days; 30 chapters? 1 chapter outline a day. 15 chapters? Two days of outlining per chapter. Etc. Word that work for your project?

What if I have around 80k? How big would that be in a normal-sized book? I mean, when I write I use font-size 10 with the Arial font on Word. I’ve figured out that books have around 350 words per page, which would be around 14 with Arial. That would make around 230 pages, right?

Here is an interesting article about word counts by genre: http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/word-count-for-novels-and-childrens-books-the-definitive-post

If you’re writing a novel, you probably have enough material (though maybe a little bit on the light side, in which case you could write another 10-15k words or so and see what happens in the editing process).

General standard word count is 250 words per page. Or, it used to be. Per Writers Digest.

I write with 12 pt. font size and use “Times New Roman” font face. My last book had 88,000 words and was 333 pages long. So using a smaller font size would give fewer pages. Nothing less than 11 pt. font size for reading.

The only times you even hinted at quality were two brief mentions of preparation and one of outline.

I agree with the fiction and poetry writers that outlines are not always helpful for what they do.

There are ways that the writing process can be more efficient, and you touched on some of them. But the general tenor of your article is that writing is a race to get “content” out the door so you can be paid. This attitude debases writing into factory labor on the assembly line. I read this and pictured the time and motion expert on the factory floor, stopwatch in hand. Don’t talk about words per minute. You are writing, not just typing!

Gandhi said it best: “There is more to life than increasing its speed.”

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. As someone who writes mostly poetry (and web content), I’ve never been super concerned with word counts. I can see those goals being helpful especially for non-fiction writers, though. Also, great Gandhi quote!

I have to agree. I like to write Young Adult Fiction and some of my hours writing are more productive than others. If I can get down on paper a thousand words a day, and like what I’ve written, that’s great. My tendency is to revise while I’m writing; then I move on. I try not to let “plot” override “character development.” Sometimes I’ll start in one direction and then a car will backfire or a dog bark and off I’ll go in another. To each his own I guess. But an assembly line of words—never.

The late, great Thomas Wolfe, author of “Look Homeward Angel,” was known to have written 10,000 extraordinary descriptive and highly creative words for a novel in one evening.

Wow. I imagine him doing the early 20th century version of “drops mic” after that sitting.

To be perfectly honest, I was not thinking along these lines. In my own writing process, all I have been doing is just sitting down and writing leisurely. Now that I have read your post, I guess I have something new to think about. Much respect and appreciation/One Love!

I quite often have time to ‘free write’ – just to get the content out onto the page without self editing as I go then I review later. I often write word counts and time spent down so I have a fair idea of output although yes like you say it often depends on focus and if the ideas are there.

I have written 420 words in 10 minutes, but generally I write on average 500 words in half an hour, about 1000 words an hour.

Output, volume and ideas no worries, my issue is sitting down to write more consistently!!

I love free writing, especially to generate ideas for poems. But I so seldom sit down to write that way. I haven’t been able to make a habit of it. Here’s hoping you can make a habit of writing more often. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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Well, fiction is different; even with an outline, there are periods of thinking and digesting and plotting and changing. Besides, an average novel is 80K words, so yeah…much easier, with fiction, to determine daily output versus hourly typing skill.

I agree. With fiction, and perhaps even more with poetry, it’s tough to think about productivity being in direct relation to words per. Revision is such a huge part of the process.

When you say “write” do you actually mean “write” in the literal sense as in longhand, putting pencil or pen to paper, of do you mean “write” as in on a computer keyboard which, in essence would be “typing.” If you mean “write” in the form of longhand I am indeed impressed!

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How many Words can you Write in an Hour? All you need to know

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How many Words can you Write in an Hour

The answer to this question is often very difficult to respond to. This is because there are several factors, as we shall explore in the next section, which determines the number of words you can write in an hour.

The word “write” will be considered as the process of typing on a computer’s keyboard. Therefore, this will be the number of words you can write in an hour while typing into your computer.

We know that because we manage a team of expert article writers who deliver brilliant content. Now that that has been settled, let us know the answer to how many words can you write in an hour?

How many Words can you Write in an Hour?

To get the number of words that can be written by an average writer, some things should be considered. First, this will not be a handwritten exercise that has to be completed within an hour.

It should be a typing exercise because most, if not all, forms of formal writings are typed. This includes schools, workplaces, and so on.

The average number of words you can write in an hour is roughly between 750 and 1000 words. However, this depends on many factors such as the writer’s experience, the keyboard, posture, and mastery of the topic. While fast writers can write between 1500 and 2000 words within an hour, slow ones can barely write 500 words.

Before I became a proficient writer, at least when I was an average writer who had not acquired writing experience, my average writing speed was between 700 and 900 words per hour.

After conducting some researches while writing this article, I found that this was true for most average writers. Nonetheless, this depends on various factors.

Again, it all depends on you as the writer. Some of us are quick with their hands while typing while others are generally slower. Though this is the case, do not lose hope if you are one of those who type slower because we will still discuss how you can increase your writing speed.

How many pages can you write in an Hour?

You may have gotten me wrong when I said earlier that some people are faster than others. You shouldn’t because such disparities in writing speeds are a result of cultivating the skill.

On average, one can write around 2 to 3 pages per hour. This is an average because different people have different writing speeds, depending on a number of factors. In most cases, a fast writer can type up to 7 pages per hour. on the other hand, a slow writer can type up to from 1 page to 2 pages per page.

Before we proceed to discuss the various factors determining the number of words you can write in an hour, the most important thing I have come to learn is that writing speed is not completely a natural or innate gift. It is something that is cultivated or nurtured with time.

How many pages can you write in an Hour

To know the estimated length you can type in an hour, all factors are held constant. What this means is that the factors that determine the number of words you can write in a minute are standardized to ensure that an average score will be achieved. That being said, let us discuss the factors. 

Factors determining the number of words you can write in an hour

Various factors determine the number of words you can write in an hour. They include:

1. The Topic you are writing about

The topic of what you are writing about is one of the most important factors determining the number of words you can write in an hour. Even when you are a fast writer who can write 1500 to 2000 words in an hour, some topics can make you lose interest in writing your work.

If it is a must to write about a boring topic, you will realize that your writing speed will be lower than usual because you will be forcing yourself to write.

On the other hand, if the topic is interesting to you, you may find yourself writing more words within an hour even when you are a slow writer. Your brain will automatically think faster if the topic is within your interest.

Consequently, you will write more content because your mind will be constantly feeding your fingers to write more words.

2. Preparation versus Distraction

The more prepared you are to write, the more words you will write within an hour. Contrary to that, the more distracted you are, the lesser words you will write in an hour.

Take, for example, you have had an exciting afternoon with your colleagues or friends and you are supposed to write about a certain topic once you have reached home.

In such a case, you will have a hard time focusing and transitioning from the fun activities to writing. This will act as a distraction to your thought flow and writing process.

Therefore, if you want to write more words within an hour, it is important to psychologically prepare yourself before writing to avoid any distracting thoughts.

3. The use of an Outline

An outline is very important when you want to write more words within an hour. It can help you align your thoughts so that you do not waste time thinking about what you are going to write in the next paragraph or section.

Good writers ensure that they have created an outline before the actual writing so that they can complete the task faster. An outline will also ensure that your work is well organized and coherent.

4. Level of Practice

Practice makes perfect. The more you practice writing, the faster you will become. Therefore, if you wish to write more than 1500 words in an hour, you should practice writing whenever you have an opportunity. This will significantly increase your writing speed and overall skill in the process of writing.

5. Taking any Breaks?

The number of breaks while writing is among the factors determining the number of words you can write in an hour.

This is an obvious thing because the more you take breaks while writing, the fewer the number of words you will write within an hour. The opposite is true.

6. Personal confidence in writing

As we have noted, the more you practice writing, the faster you can write your work within an hour. This is mostly attributed to the confidence you will have built through practice.

You will have tackled more intricate topics with more words or tougher deadlines. Because of this, you will write more words within an hour.

7. The Writing Environment

The writing environment is a very important factor that determines the number of words you can write in an hour. Writing requires peace of mind and focus.

This requires an environment free from distractions, noise, or any other thing that can shift your focus from writing.

A quiet and conducive environment can help you write more words in an hour compared to noisy and chaotic environments.

8. Posture and Ergonomics

Finally, posture and ergonomics are very important factors that determine the number of words you can write in an hour.

Factors determining your writing speed

A good sitting posture and ergonomics will relax and orient your body in such a way that your morale and overall productivity are increased.

While writing, it is important to sit in a good position that does not hurt your back or joints.

Such a position should ensure that your face directly faces the screen and your hands are placed directly at the keyboard position.

Poor posture and ergonomics will cause discomfort and both your productivity and morale will be lowered.

On top of that, it has long-term harmful effects on your body. Therefore, good posture and ergonomics can help you write more words within an hour.

Risks you face when you try to Write Fast

Though we have been focusing on the positive aspects of writing faster, there are negative factors or risks associated with writing fast. The first risk of trying to write fast is coming up with incoherent content.

While it is good to write fast, taking your time to write your paper or any content helps create coherent content that can be understood by your target readers. Incoherent content cannot be corrected during the editing or revising stage.

Therefore, try as much as possible to write coherent content even when you are trying to write fast.

The second risk of trying to write fast is incomplete or underdeveloped ideas. This can be attributed to not taking enough time to think about what you are writing about. However, an outline can help mitigate this risk.

The third risk of trying to write fast is making a lot of grammatical, structural, and punctuation errors. When you write faster than you think, you will fail to detect such errors while writing. However, you can always correct such errors during the editing or revision stage.

How to increase your writing speed

1. practice every day.

As aforementioned, practice makes you better in whatever you are trying to achieve. Therefore, if you practice writing every single day, you will increase your writing speed.

2. Create an outline

An outline is a plan that contains the main points that will be included in your written work. If you take some time to come up with an outline before writing, you will save a lot of time in the end because you will already know what you are writing about.

3. Conduct research

The more information you have gathered concerning your topic, the more content you will have while writing. Therefore, gather information so that when it comes to writing, you will easily have access to what is required.

4. Avoid distractions

As we noted earlier, writing requires a silent and conducive environment free from distractions. If you want to write faster, avoid distractions.

This is one of the recommendations and tips are given b experts if you want to increase your writing speed while at work. It simply helps you to concentrate and get the task done.

5. Set a challenge

This is very helpful for very slow writers. Here, you should set a challenge to surpass your current writing speed. If you beat it, set another challenge. In the process, you will be faster.

6. Use a timer

Setting a timer acts as a deadline to be overcome. You can decide to write 500 words within an hour. Once you achieve this, you can increase the number of words to be tackled within the same amount of time. This will help you become a fast writer.

8. Good posture

Good posture helps align your body into a comfortable working/writing position. It gives you the morale to write faster and think better.

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How Many Words Should An Essay Be: Complete Essay Writing Guide

how many words should an essay be

When writing an essay, dissertation, thesis , college paper, or any other thing, the question of how many words is enough or required always comes to mind.

Thankfully, most instructors give students guidelines that include the length of their essays. But what if you’re left to figure out the basics yourself?

The length of an academic essay depends on factors like your level, major, course requirements, and department guidelines. This could range from 200 to 650 words, 300 to 1000 words, and so on.

In this article, I discuss the basic length for different types of essays which can serve as a guideline for your next assignment.

Essay length guidelines

Here’s a table that highlights the basic word count for different types of essays. These are appropriate and acceptable requirements anywhere, even if you’re not given a guideline to follow.

How long should an essay be?

essay writing how many words per hour

As mentioned earlier, academic essays vary by length. But generally, an essay shouldn’t be less than five paragraphs . This allows you to introduce your idea, add at least 3 paragraphs in the body, and a conclusion.

Usually, introductions take not more than a paragraph, but a complex assignment of more than 3000 words may require two to three paragraphs for an introduction to provide proper background and context.

The body is the part of the essay with the most word count. Here you make your arguments with evidence and develop your ideas. Assuming your essay is 200 words per paragraph, a 2000-word essay would be 8 paragraphs.

The final section is the conclusion, usually one paragraph, but longer essays may require more than one paragraph.

Your conclusion doesn’t have to be a summary of the entire essay but it should succinctly tie together the main points.

How long should a paragraph be?

A paragraph is a unit of thoughts with a fully developed idea. Although there are no strict rules for the length of a paragraph, a rule of thumb is to keep it between two to six sentences at most .

This means that a single sentence isn’t enough to form a paragraph in academic writing. Another popular suggestion is to make each paragraph 100 to 200 words long. However, the paragraphs don’t have to be the same length.

While some believe that a short document should have short paragraphs and long paragraphs for long documents, others believe that it doesn’t matter.

If your assignment does not have guidelines, it may be best to ask your professor for their guidelines.

However, the most important thing is to communicate an idea coherently in each paragraph. Plus, your introduction should do good work of setting the context of your work.

Additionally, the body should flow accordingly with a structured transition from one thought to another and the conclusion should meaningfully wrap up the ideas of the entire text.

Can you go under the suggested length?

Writing less than the required word count is allowed as long as you’re close to the suggested length . For instance, if you’re able to meet 900 words for a 1000-word assignment, you’re good to go.

However, you should always strive to hit your word count but if you’re sure you’ve done a good job, it’s fine.

Peradventure, you’re nowhere near the suggested length, you should consider doing these:

  • Include more examples and evidence to consolidate your argument
  • Be sure to explain your points in detail
  • Check for aspects of your topic that haven’t been covered and include them in your work
  • Don’t be tempted to use fillers rather concentrate on having a convincing and comprehensive argument per paragraph

Can you go above the suggested length?

Yes . Typically, students are allowed to exceed the word limit by 10%. However, that would depend on the course instructor and the academic institution.

Be careful not to exceed the word count except it is absolutely necessary to complete your argument. If your article is longer than suggested, here are things you should check:

  • Proofread each paragraph and cut down any fluff or irrelevant information
  • Ensure that each paragraph focuses on a point and is coherent
  • Look out for better and shorter ways to state your point
  • Be sure you’re not repeating a point twice in another word
  • Remove any paragraphs that don’t contain an argument that is strong enough

How many words should a 5-paragraph essay be?

A 5-paragraph essay basically has a maximum of 1000 words . It is common for high school essays to be around this length.

Tutors use this guideline to allow students the freedom to expand their ideas and arguments more comprehensively.

The introduction and conclusion here are basically one paragraph each and the body takes three paragraphs where the major argument and development of the idea happens.

Certain topics that cover causes and effects or compare and contrast fall into this category of essay. All in all, 1000 words is a good essay length for students in high school.

How long does it take to write an essay?

The time it takes to write an essay depends on many factors. The complexity of the topic and the amount of information available on that topic come into play when determining completion time. 

Not to mention, individual differences also play a role. While some individuals are quick to understand and come up with arguments, others may need a lot of time to think through something to write.

Generally speaking, a 1000 words document would take an average writer about 30 minutes to type on a keyboard and an hour for handwriting. But essays that require in-depth research, citations, links, and references may take between 3 to 4 hours to complete.

How to write an essay

The suggested word count of an essay doesn’t only tell how long your work should be, it also tells you how much complexity and information can go into it.

Short essays need arguments that are focused, specific, clear, and straightforward and longer ones require a broader approach and more complex and comprehensive arguments.

It’s also important to balance quality with quantity. The goal should be to make a solid and succinct argument while meeting the word count. This way you can impress your instructor and earn high grades.

Is a dissertation an essay?

Dissertations are much longer than essays. Plus, dissertations address specific research questions while essays are based on a topic.

Are 200 words enough for an essay?

Yes . However, the only essay with as low as 200 suggested words is a college admission essay. 

Is a thesis an essay?

No . While essays are requirements for courses, a thesis is a requirement for degrees (bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees)

The length of your essay should follow the guidelines as suggested by your instructor. However, if you need to figure it out, the article has provided enough information for you to work with.

Writing an essay can be a lot of work. Short essays have to be detailed yet concise and long essays require comprehensiveness yet coherence.

If you have written beyond the word count for a short essay, you should consider asking someone more experienced to check through your work to identify irrelevancies.

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How Many Words In An Essay? [A Word Count Guide]

/ By Alan Reiner

/ September 21, 2022

Whether you are writing an essay for school or for a course, you may wonder how many words you can include in your written essay.

Generally, the exact word count in an essay depends on the subject, the course and the essay requirements.

How Many Words In An Essay? [A Word Count Guide]

In this article, we take a closer look at the word count for different types of essays, and how you can avoid exceeding the word limit.

How Many Words Should An Essay Have?

Different types of essays have different word limits. Generally, essays can vary from a few hundred words to 6,000 words.

An essay is typically defined as a short piece of writing with a certain structure. An essay should present an idea as concise as possible, and it shouldn’t be too lengthy.

Essays aren’t as comprehensive as research papers or a thesis. They should be much shorter.

Typically, essays are assignments given to students in higher education. They come with guidelines on how many words and pages are expected to be written.

Many standard essays range from 2,500 to 4,000 words, although this can vary depending on the course and assignment restrictions.

High school essays are usually a little shorter and they tend to be 300 to 1,000 words. These are often simple 5-pagragraph essays that include an introduction, a few paragraphs and a conclusion.

Undergraduate college essays are a little more extensive and they range from 1,500 to 5,000 words. 

The exact length of undergraduate essays depends on the department, syllabus, course level and the institution.

Other graduate essays, including postgraduate essays, tend to be much longer with 2,500 to 6,000 words.

They also vary depending on the course level and department but they are typically the beginning of a research paper.

There are also a number of different admissions essays, such as undergraduate school admission essays, that you may need to write to be admitted to a college or university.

These can range from anywhere between 200 and 1,000 words.

Whatever essay you are tasked with to write, it’s essential that you check the guidelines on word count and the expected pages.

Often these guidelines also advise the style of writing as well as the font and font size. All this can make a difference to the length of your essay.

How Long Is Each Part Of An Essay?

All pieces of writing are typically split into introduction, main body and conclusion. This also applies to academic writing and essays.

The main body of the text should take up the most space of your essay. This is where you present all your arguments, develop your ideas around the topic and provide evidence.

An introduction is usually just a couple of paragraphs to introduce the topic. It should be proportional to the overall length of your essay.

The longer your essay, the longer your introduction needs to be. After all, you will need to put down some background information and introduce your argument.

An essay conclusion should be kept brief and concise. The conclusion is usually just a single paragraph, although this can also vary depending on the overall essay length.

As a rule of thumb, many basic academic papers are five-paragraph essays. This means that there is one paragraph for the introduction, three paragraphs for the main body and one paragraph for the conclusion.

When you are writing your body text, then each body paragraph should cover a central argument and idea.

How Long Should A Paragraph Be In An Essay?

The length of a paragraph in your essay will vary depending on the overall word count of your essay and the arguments that you present in your written work.

Essays are typically divided into five paragraphs, although this depends on the essay guidelines.

In academic essays, the majority of space is taken up by the main body text which is typically three paragraphs long.

The main body text allows you to present your main arguments, ideas and offer evidence for your thoughts.

It’s important to structure your essay in the right way. While there’s no exact paragraph length or paragraph word limit, you need to make sure that your presented arguments are clear and concise.

Can You Go Under The Suggested Essay Word Count?

Can You Go Under The Suggested Essay Word Count?

Yes, you can also write fewer words for your essay as long you fulfilled the assignment requirements and you have structured your work well.

However, bear in mind that you should not sacrifice any good arguments just to stay under the word limit.

If you are struggling to get even close to the word count, then there are quite a few things you can do.

It’s a good idea to add as many examples and evidence pieces to your paragraph as you can. This will support your arguments.

Also make sure that you fully analyze and explain each example in detail to fully develop your point.

Each paragraph in the main body text of the essay should pick up a new argument and aspect of the topic.

It’s essential that you do not use any filler words or text that doesn’t add to the meaning of your essay. 

Artificially bumping up the word count with complicated sentences or unnecessary words will just weaken your arguments in your paper.

Lastly, don’t overfixate on your word count . While word limits are set to guide you, many markers do not always worry too much about 100 words over.

The important thing is that you bring your argument across and that you have a good essay structure.

Can You Go Over The Suggested Essay Length?

Sometimes you are allowed to go over the suggested word limit by roughly 10%. However, how strict the word count is handled depends on your institution and the course.

That’s why it’s important that you check with your course instructor.

As a rule of thumb, it’s only a good idea to exceed the word limit when it supports your argument.

Luckily, there are a few things you can do to keep the number of words in your essay as low as possible.

It’s important that each paragraph is clearly structured to support your argument and idea. You should deviate from the main point and don’t include any irrelevant information.

Check the words that you use and remove any filler words that don’t add to the clarity of your sentences.

When you remove a paragraph or sentence, then you need to make sure that you revise any links or transitions from your previous paragraph.

As the introduction and conclusion are both relatively short anyway, there is usually not much space to cut out words.

No matter how many words you need to cut, your essay should be on topic and packed with powerful arguments.

Final Thoughts

The length and word count of an academic essay can vary, from a few hundred words up to 6,000 words.

Whether you are writing an essay for an academic assignment or college admission, make sure that you read the instructions and guidelines carefully.

They will give you an idea of what to write about and how many pages as well as words you should write.

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Hi, my name is Alan Reiner and I have been in the writing industry for almost seven years. I write articles that can span from 200 words all the way to 20,000 words every single day. How do I do it? With a lot of determination. All my way through school and college, I hated long-form assignments. I could never get into the groove of working on one piece for an extended period of time. My pieces were always late because I didn’t have the motivation to type them, let alone edit them.

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Proofreading Rates | A Guide for Freelance Editors

Published on February 25, 2022 by Jack Caulfield .

One of the hardest parts of freelancing is figuring out the right rates to charge your clients, and this is no different for proofreaders and editors. This article provides useful data and guidance on the process of formulating your rates.

Rates for proofreading vary widely depending on a variety of factors (e.g., experience, difficulty), but rough median rates are indicated in the table below for proofreaders who work independently and those who work with established platforms.

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Freelancing with a platform vs. independently, length of the deadline, text type and quality, client expectations, proofreading for scribbr, frequently asked questions about proofreading rates.

Many freelancers like to do everything themselves. But being a freelancer doesn’t have to mean working 100% independently. Many proofreading and editing platforms work with freelancers to provide their services.

Both approaches are valid, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Working with a platform

Proofreading platforms offer freelancers a way to connect with clients directly without handling all the outreach. Working with companies like this gives you stability in the way you approach your work, the editing standards you follow, and how you’re paid.

Working with a platform like this, you may earn a lower hourly rate on average than a fully independent freelancer, since the company takes a cut. But it’s important to recall the hours you don’t bill for when you work independently:

  • Finding clients
  • Communicating with clients, answering questions
  • Invoicing and other administrative tasks

These are the things a platform will usually handle for you, allowing you to focus on what you do best. Factoring these “invisible” hours into the comparison, the discrepancy between independent freelancer rates and those you earn working with a platform is smaller.

Working independently

Working independently, you can usually set a higher rate than you’d get working with a platform. But you will have to find clients and handle communication with them yourself, as well as handling your own admin. These are effectively unpaid hours.

Before fixing your rates, you’ll also have to decide how to formulate them in the first place. Rates are usually given per word , per page , or per hour .

Once you’ve decided how to formulate your rate, you may still want to vary it based on factors that influence the difficulty of the assignment. Some common factors include:

  • Type and quality of the text
  • Expectations of the client

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Even if you end up spending the same amount of time on the text either way, a shorter deadline puts more pressure on you to get to work straight away. So it’s common for proofreaders and editors to charge higher rates for shorter deadlines.

One approach is to offer a set of fixed deadlines the client can choose between (e.g., one day, three days, seven days). Another is to ask the client when they need the text back by and adjust your rate based on that. The former is more straightforward and consistent.

Of course, you can stick to a single fixed deadline if you don’t want to worry about this, but the lack of flexibility may put off potential clients.

The content of the text itself will also influence the difficulty of your work. In an academic editing context, the following factors might be relevant to consider:

  • Academic level (bachelor’s, master’s, PhD): Writing standards tend to be higher for higher levels (although the initial quality of the text may also be higher, owing to the client’s greater writing experience).
  • Type of document: Depending on the purpose of the document, you may have to approach it differently. A submission to an academic journal, for example, usually has to follow more stringent style requirements than a paper for a university course.
  • Subject matter: If you’re editing papers on a wide range of subjects, it’s worth determining whether a given text is likely to pose unique difficulties (e.g., dealing with statistics or specialist jargon). You can charge different rates for different fields.

The quality of the text is worth weighing in too, since a messy text will take more work than a relatively polished one. If you can ask for a sample of the text before quoting the client, you can assess this directly and adjust your rate accordingly.

Another factor is what exactly the client expects from your work. Managing the client’s expectations is essential; a client who’s looking for substantive editing and assistance with structure won’t be happy if they only receive a spell check.

For this purpose, you can offer a variety of editing services that the client can choose from, or you can discuss the client’s needs specifically before taking on the assignment and adjust the rate as necessary.

Of course, this kind of discussion can be time-consuming in itself. It’s also a valid approach to simply offer a single, inflexible service. Just be up front about what you do and don’t offer, and let the client decide whether you’re the right choice for them.

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One way to retain that freedom while reducing the uncertainty is to work with a proofreading organization like Scribbr. You stay freelance and can take on as much or as little work as you like. Scribbr handles all the tricky aspects of freelance proofreading for you:

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Scribbr determines per-word rates for you according to the deadline and the additional services requested (Clarity Check and/or Structure Check). If that sounds good to you, click the button below to find out more!

Becoming a Scribbr editor

Proofreading rates can be calculated in several different ways. You can set your rate:

A per-word rate is generally the most precise, since it closely reflects the amount of work you’ll have to do. But it can be confusing for clients to parse at a glance; one solution is to quote per 1,000 words so the numbers involved are clearer.

There are many different routes to becoming a professional proofreader or editor. The necessary qualifications depend on the field – to be an academic or scientific proofreader, for example, you will need at least a university degree in a relevant subject.

For most proofreading jobs, experience and demonstrated skills are more important than specific qualifications. Often your skills will be tested as part of the application process.

To learn practical proofreading skills, you can choose to take a course with a professional organization such as the Society for Editors and Proofreaders . Alternatively, you can apply to companies that offer specialized on-the-job training programmes, such as the Scribbr Academy .

On average, you can expect to earn approximately €20 to €30 per hour as a Scribbr editor .

The earnings are calculated based on fixed per-word rates that we have set for different kinds of assignments. We will communicate these rates to you as soon as you are in your Scribbr Academy .

The per-word rate for each order is determined by:

  • The editing deadline (the shorter the deadline, the higher the rate); and
  • The services purchased (whether a Structure or Clarity Check is booked on top of standard proofreading and editing ).

In our Scribbr Academy , we train you to edit as efficiently as possible—which will help you to increase the speed at which you work. For example, we include a Scribbr Word macro that you can use to easily utilize standardized in-text comments.

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How Many Words Do You Write Per Hour?

  • Post author By Peter Lyle DeHaan
  • Post date March 25, 2022
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Do you know how many words you typically write per hour? Do you know how long you can sustain that rate? This is a critical number to know when estimating how long a project will take. We need this for meeting deadlines and for quoting projects.

Without having a firm grasp of our typical writing speed and sustainability we run the risk of not meeting deadlines or of underquoting projects. No one wants to turn in a project late or end up working for next to nothing.

But what we shouldn’t do is compare our writing speed with others. If we write more than most people, then we may feel pride or look down on them; if we write less than others, then we might feel discouraged, assume there is something wrong with us, or even try to change our writing process to write faster than we should.

None of these are good outcomes.

Also, we need to realize that our writing speed is for our first draft, which will require additional work, such as re-writing, editing, and proofreading. Some people who can crank out high word counts on the first draft often spend much more time bringing their work to its final form. Conversely, other people with slower writing speeds often have much less work to do afterward.

We need to know how fast we can write, how long we can keep up that pace, and how much more work is required to polish it to final form.

I’ve talked to writers who write about 100 words per hour. On the other end, I have heard of writers pushing two thousand. But people seldom share with me how much time they spend later on to bring these words to their final form.

On most projects I write in the neighborhood of four to five hundred words an hour, though it occasionally goes higher, approaching one thousand; my record is 1,750, though I’m not sure how I pulled that off.

I also know my second hour is often more productive than my first, which is an important reason to set aside a block of time to write. I also know I can keep up this pace all morning, providing I take periodic breaks.

My “first draft” is in decent shape and seldom requires re-writing, so I just need to polish and proof the results, which takes 15 to 25 percent additional time. (Remember that I mostly write nonfiction.)

Though I don’t like working on the same project for more than four or five hours, I often switch to something else in the afternoon, which seems to reset my mental focus and I’m off again. In the morning I can consistently produce two thousand words or more, assuming I don’t need to do too much research or fact-checking.

When I write in the afternoon, it’s always smaller projects, such as articles or content marketing. In this way, I can hit up to four thousand words a day (my personal record) if I need to, but that doesn’t leave much time for anything else.

Armed with this information, I’m now able to set realistic writing deadlines and hit them. I’m also able to give reasonable quotes for contract work. And it only took me about five years to get to this point and figure these things out.

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Peter, this is a very interesting concept that I have never really thought about before. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Patti. I know what you mean. I never gave if much thought either until I started needing to quote jobs or meet deadlines on big projects.

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