How many words a day is enough?
Finding the right word count to write each day and staying consistent on that schedule is like trying to find and catch a unicorn. Trust me I realize that. I've been there and I'm still there. God's honest truth is that the right word count is going to depend on you. I know this sounds like a copout but just listen. The two most important things a writer can have is determination and consistency.
Determination comes into play when we are finding that sweet spot when it comes to word count each day. Don't try to gauge how many pages or paragraphs you write because those can change. Word count however, is a great measuring stick. You need to find a word count that you can hit on a regular basis but that still pushes you. For example I can write one thousand or two thousand words a day consistently but I know I can do more. I've found that four thousand words a day is a great bench mark and one that I can attain while pushing myself. Remember to set an attainable goal for yourself and stay consistent.
Consistency comes into play when you decide how many days a week you are going to write. If you write three days a week or five the number doesn't matter. What does matter is that you make a commitment to yourself to write those days and to hit your word count each days. If you go over your word count great, but make sure to hit the goal you have set. When your writing the most important thing is to get words on the page. Worry about everything else later during the editing phase, trust me that's a whole other story, this is just the first draft it's supposed to be bad. Like the nike swoosh says up top "Writing, just do it."