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NOVELIST

My measure of progress is the number of words I can get down on paper. A good day is 500 words.

ME

What’s your target word count?

NOVELIST

(shrugs)

Anywhere between 80,000 and 150,000. How about you screenwriters?

ME

Page count is our measure. Y’know: 30ish or 60ish for a half-hour or one-hour TV show, 90-120 for a feature.

NOVELIST

(nods)

And when you’re part way through a script? What’s a good day?

ME

A good day is five pages that I don’t want to set alight.

(off Novelist)

A bad day is when I resort to the “Insert Page Break” feature.

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