Write a Thousand Words a Day, Every Day
Depending on your Google search query, you will find some useful articles teaching you how to write anywhere from 250 to 10,000 words each day. There are many reasons why someone would choose a specific goal, all tailored to their personal and professional needs.
For the sake of starting at a relatively fair number and minimizing burnout potential, let’s look at how to write 1,000 words a day in realistic and easily-digestible ways.
1. Write in an Enjoyable Text Editor
I don’t know about you, but I always associate programs like Microsoft Word with “hard work.” After all, this is where most people come to really use their brains, organize their research and compose an article like their lives depend on it.
If the mere thought of “hard work” sometimes halts your productivity, why not pretend that you’re sending an email to a friend or posting in a public community instead?
Try writing in your default email provider’s composition screen – especially in the likes of Gmail, which automatically saves your work every so often. Use yourself as the recipient if you must, and insert a “Hey, Buddy!” note into the subject line. Otherwise, use another platform you thoroughly enjoy such as Reddit or your favorite forum.
2. Always Have an Outline Ready
Having an outline (or at least a rough idea) can help you write 1,000 words a day much more efficiently. Research your next topic before bed while casually watching television, or think of a new idea while taking a walk or picking up the kids from school.
Waking up the next morning and knowing that the initial workload is out of the way can greatly boost your motivation to write. You can either come up with ideas over the next day or the next week; you make the rules, and that’s what makes this technique so convenient.
3. Find the Best Time to Write
Countless people will tell you that writing first thing in the morning works best, myself included. That being said, I understand not everyone works the same way, and some find it far better to write late at night when the family is in bed, or perhaps during a quiet night shift.
Reassess your daily schedule and apply a new technique accordingly. When are you most distracted? When do you normally feel a boost of motivation? Work around your personal attributes and start writing during those peak hours.
4. Don’t Overcompensate or Make Up for Lost Time
Sometimes we all get a second wind that encourages us to keep going. Before you know it, you have reached twice the word count despite your goal to write 1,000 words a day.
While this is certainly commendable, you run the risk of burning yourself out the very next day (or even for the rest of the week). There are no set rules about an exact word count, and you are welcome to go over by a few words. However, avoid getting so off track with the word count that you are unable to restart your brain the next day.
Likewise, don’t try to make up if you occasionally aren’t able to write 1,000 words a day. If you have twice the word count to worry about the next day, you could potentially overwhelm yourself or burn out later that week due to such stress.
5. Reassess, Tweak and Repeat
Remember that most tips and advice offered are subjective, no matter how well-informed its author may be. Thus, reassess and tweak your strategy if you are unable to meet your daily word count.
For example, start with 500 words a day until you are comfortable writing consistently, allowing yourself to increase your goal gradually over time.
There are many more ways and reasons to write 1,000 words a day, of course, and each technique fits people differently. What’s your personal writing routine and how do you manage it?
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Author: Elvis Michael
Elvis Michael is an avid blogger and e-trepreneur, endlessly exploring new ideas and effective ways to inspire.