Writing 1,000 Words Every Day Will Change Your Life

Matt Lillywhite

A proven process for becoming an extremely successful writer.


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There’s a massive difference between writers who achieve extraordinary levels of success and those who don’t.

Some people think it’s owning an expensive laptop or having a lot of time on your hands. But in reality, none of that really matters. Instead, a writer’s success is often determined by how consistently they show up to write each day. As Darren Hardy writes in his book, The Compound Effect:

“A daily routine built on good habits and disciplines separates the most successful among us from everyone else. A routine is exceptionally powerful.”

So if you want to become extremely successful, here is a three-step process that will help you create a daily writing habit. Each of these insights helped me to stop procrastinating and create a full-time income doing something I love. I’m sure they will do the same for you, too.

Get Comfortable Writing In Different Environments.

Chances are, you’re never going to feel like writing. There’s always going to be a reason why you want to procrastinate, do something else, and put off writing an article until the following day. Like Stephen Pressfield once wrote:

“The most pernicious aspect of procrastination is that it can become a habit. We don’t just put off our lives today; we put them off till our deathbed.”

I used to tell myself that I needed to be incredibly inspired to write a new article. I wanted everything to be perfect. So instead of sitting down and doing the work, I often watched a variety of YouTube videos for several hours.

Deep down, I knew that if I continued following that strategy, I would be destined for failure. Why? Because I genuinely wanted to be a successful writer. But for some reason, I didn’t want to sit down and write.

Over the following months, I began to eliminate the negative mindsets that prevented me from writing. And within a short time, I stopped caring about my environment and found it incredibly easy to write from anywhere.

Eliminate the excuses that prevent you from writing. Because the truth is that it doesn’t matter if the conditions are absolutely perfect for creativity.If you don’t write, you have no chance of being successful.

It’s as simple as that.

Write Down Anything That Comes To Mind.

Forget about perfection. Don’t spend all of your time trying to come up with the best way to articulate each point. Just focus on writing down anything that comes to mind, and worry about the rest later. Ernest Hemingway said it best:

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

When I started writing, I wanted every single sentence to be perfect. So naturally, I spent a long time trying to come up with the best way to explain each point.

In case you hadn’t already guessed, that strategy is terrible for productivity. A much better solution is to write down anything and everything that you want to say. Because then, all you need to do is edit out anything that’s not important or relevant.

When I began implementing this strategy, the trajectory of my writing career improved forever. Suddenly, I felt like I wasn’t held back by my desire to reach perfection. All that mattered was getting my thoughts down on a page.

Write down anything that comes to mind. Give yourself permission to write to your heart’s content without worrying about the consequences of imperfection.

Create A Daily Writing Target.

This is the final step in the process of creating a daily writing habit. But it’s also the most important. Because when you show up to write every day, the power of compound interest will create a massive portfolio of work over time. Darren Hardy said it best:

“It’s not the big things that add up in the end; it’s the hundreds, thousands, or millions of little things that separate the ordinary from the extraordinary.”

If you aim for 1,000 words each day, you’ll write 365,000 words within a year. For context, Michelle Obama’s bestselling book, “becoming,” has approximately 165k words.

By consistently showing up and hitting your daily target, you’ll be writing the equivalent of several novels every year. And if that won’t change your life and make you an incredibly successful writer, I don’t know what will.

So every day, ask yourself: “What actions can I take right now to implement a consistent writing habit?”

Do that, and the trajectory of your writing career will quickly improve for the better.

Starting now.

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