WRITE 1,000 WORDS EVERY DAY: Create a Writing Schedule

Matthew Howard

Write 1,000 words every day. It might be the best writing advice I ever got. Yes, we can learn much about the craft of writing, about style and narrative structure and how to research. But to be a writer, you need to write.

1,000 words per day is an easy goal. Professional writers commit to more—even much more. But if you have other commitments in life besides writing, set a goal where you can under-promise and over-deliver. I often start a daily 1,000 and end up with 2,500. I got on a roll one weekend and drafted a 10,000-word story in two days.

The 1,000-word goal keeps the pump primed for great days like those. If it’s difficult at first, it gets easier when you stick to it! How long does it take to reach 1,000 words? If the project requires intense planning, plotting, or thinking about complex material…

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5 Comments

  1. This might be a dumb question, but is it to write 1000 for your work or just in general i.e blogging, texting, fb updates ?

    1. That’s actually a good question. I would say as to writing a book–1000 words a day will help you reach your goal of 60,000 for a good working draft.

  2. Yeah, I’m noticing 1000 words is harder than I remember it being

    1. I understand. When I wrote the first draft for my first novel, that marker was not hard. But for my second book, I struggle to reach that marker.

      1. I’m still on my first but the next draft. But this is the first time I’ve had a professional editor

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