I usually try and get at least 2k (2,000) words a day. That's less than a chapter in my case so sometimes I push it until I finish the chapter. I work seven days a week, but sometimes it's not all writing. Some days I'm working on organizing blog hops, Heartthrob Haven, and Fated Desires.
Yes, I run three major things other than writing.
Some days I'm plotting, working on guest posts, interviews and promo. Some days I editing, revising, or formatting. A writer's life isn't just writing down perfect words and BAM there's a book.
Yeah, that doesn't happen. I work at least ten hours a day most days. People ask how I can do all it is I do, it's because I work a lot. Too much in most cases. In my down time I read. So really, that's all I do. Write and read. And everything that has to do with writing. Most authors have their own ways of doing things, but if they are serious about writing, then they are never off. Our minds are always working, always plotting, always dreaming.
I know readers want books to come out every week and get upset when they have to wait for months for a book, but really, every part of the process takes time. A lot of time. Every time an author writes 1000 words, in their head they've done a small marathon or sprint. Their brains are on overdrive and it's tiring. It's work. But we love it.
So yes, we write a lot, but we love it. And yes, it takes time, but don't worry, it will be worth it.