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Is it possible for an author to release a novel every week using dictation technology?

I can type at about 5K words per hour, but I can't write nearly that fast. I need to think of what's going on. I need to keep some sort of consistency, and I can't remember all the details. I need ...
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Is it possible for an author to release a novel every week using dictation technology?

In theory this could be possible, but such an author would burn themselves out after a couple of days with such an intense schedule. A novel is more than just 100,000 words thrown together. There ...
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Is it possible for an author to release a novel every week using dictation technology?

You are under the misguided assumption that writing is just the act of putting words on paper. The verb itself certainly has that meaning, but when applied to the writing of books, there is also ...
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1000 words a day for a part-time writer

Just do the math. Although it varies by genre, from about 80,000 to 120,000 (epic fantasy with lots of world-building), 1000 a day means 80 to 120 days. So about three or four months for a first draft....
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Is it possible for an author to release a novel every week using dictation technology?

this seems to mean that they wouldn't have to spend too much time on revision or editing other than correcting a few minor mistakes here and there You seem to consider revision as error fixing, but ...
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How many book pages would 891 words be?

There is no single answer that can be given for this, since books can be typeset in a variety of different ways, and different font faces and sizes will produce a varying number of words per page. ...
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Why does word-count matter for a debut author?

I think I read this in the Sell Your Novel Toolkit, but I may have seen it elsewhere: Retail stores have limited space. Debut authors (except for a very limited few) have very limited shelf space. ...
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Is it possible for an author to release a novel every week using dictation technology?

As other answers have explained, it takes time to devise engaging characters, plots, backgrounds, worlds, &c.  But some genres and styles need more of that than others; and it probably depends ...
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How many words do visual novels contain on average per hour of gameplay?

Very short and incredibly rough estimate: 10.000 words are around 1 hour play time. After some research I've found that the answer is... even more difficult than I had first imagined... First of all ...
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Where are standard wordcounts for different types of fiction found?

What are the sources for these numbers[?] These are "best guess" averages by people familiar with the industry. These numbers are based on rough estimates of what a variety of publishers typically ...
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How to split up a book into a series?

55K words is a novella; your teacher is wrong there. 80K to 85K is a good book length. If your story will require two books (or however many), finish them all before shopping the first one to an ...
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When writing a 1000 word short story...?

Although it is unclear from your question I'm going to assume you've surpassed 1000 words and are looking to reduce your word count. Unlike other forms of writing, they key good fiction writing is '...
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How to determine which details are important enough to be mentioned in a text-based roleplay?

In a group context such as this I think emulating the behavior of the group is best. Use similar word counts. Detail similar aspects. If the people of the group don't typically describe certain ...
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1000 words a day for a part-time writer

There are many factors that would affect whether 1000 words a day is realistic for you or not. E.g.: Do you do overtime? How long is your commute to/from work? Can you use the commute time for ...
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Does Microsoft Word give a correct Word Count?

Different versions of Word count words slightly differently. For files that are just text, this isn't generally a problem, it's things like text in graphics and footnotes that throw this off. There's ...
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Is there too much imagery in the intro of this article?

Everything else aside, if the writing style you use is going to make the piece exceed the maximum length, then I would change your writing style. The writing style you used to compose this question ...
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Is 7000 words too long for a chapter?

I don't think it is too long, I write chapters nearly that long. Some readers (even my own) complain that they use chapters to gauge their progress through the story and as stopping points, and very ...
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Is 7000 words too long for a chapter?

I put a paragraph break in your question as an edit, but it's still a huge block of text (now two huge blocks). Chapter dividers are a grander version of that. They give your reader a chance to ...
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Writing a Sci-Fi novel

It is not that simple. Do you want a very rough draft or a finished novel? And it will depend on your experience and your process. So what is your writing background and knowledge of methods to do a ...
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Will increasing the word count of my novella to make it a novel improve my options for publishing?

Instead of focusing on whether you should lengthen the story, try to work out whether that will happen naturally as a result of whatever improvements your redraft mandates. For example: Are there ...
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How many times should I use the word "said" in one page?

There's no standard number of "saids per page." Use it when you need to let the user know who's talking. Not on every quote, but whenever clarity is needed. (Less often when two people are speaking, ...
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How to plan a short story for a given word count?

I've been mulling this too. Short stories serve a different purpose, like a poem is different than a novel. One idea is that a short story is: A Character, In A Situation, With A Problem ... This ...
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How to plan a short story for a given word count?

You need to be very sparse when writing short stories. Whereas a novel needs to answer every* reasonable* question or a reader gets frustrated, a short story needs to leave a lot more up to the reader'...
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Is there too much imagery in the intro of this article?

Jason is right about style. At the risk of sounding like Admiral Ackbar, it's a trap. The people setting the paper know you don't have any direct experience and it sounds to me more like an exercise ...
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Shortening an already short story

Some stories simply need more room to breathe. You might be having so much trouble because your story can't lose 1/3 of the words and still tell its tale. 1500 words is not huge to be begin with. ...
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Is it possible for an author to release a novel every week using dictation technology?

I could probably write a book every week or two by dictation. IF that book consisted of me rambling about any subject or no subject as thoughts popped into my head. But if you want an actual book, a ...
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Should the average length of a chapter depend on the length of the novel?

Shorter chapters for shorter books, but you don't have to. I mostly read novels on longer side, epic fantasy and similar. In these chapter length varies widely from author to author. The most common ...
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