How To Write 2000 Words A Day And Not Suck At It

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The time has finally arrived!

I've been dying to write this blog post ever since I started this blog. Some of my readers are familiar with my book 20000 Words In 4 Days and already have a good understanding of how I write upward of 5000 words a day.

However, I couldn't help myself but publish an article on how to write 2000 words a day because it's the sweet spot for most bloggers and writers who can't dedicate many hours a day to just write. I want as many people to benefit from what I've learned, especially new writers and bloggers who are excited to get started with the journey.

Before I delve into my system, I just want to make a disclaimer stating that none of these techniques work if YOU don't work. 

I can't serve you every single 'secret' on writing 1000's of words a day on a stainless steel platter but unless you are willing to eat what I'm serving, the likelihood of it being beneficial to you is slim.

So, now that we've got that out of the way, let's dig into my system of how to write 2000 words a day and not suck at it. 

Step 1: Mind Map Like A Little B*tch

Is that not the best headline you've ever read? Don't take offense to it because in this case, being a little b*tch will get you big results.

People often ask me how the hell I'm able to write books and articles SO FREAKING OFTEN!

The only truthful answer I have for that question is mind mapping.

Every single morning, I sit outside in the garden with a cup of green tea and scribble in my notebook. Scribbling usually leads to mind mapping and a complete breakdown of article ideas and book plots. 

It's really that simple for me because I do something people are finally starting to catch up on - READING! 

I own a kindle and spend loads of time on it. There's nothing in the world more beneficial than a kindle or a book app on your phone. 

Information is power.

Ideas are dependent on information.

Writing requires both ideas and relevant information. Thus, the best way to get ideas and information is by reading as many books or articles as possible. 

Mind maps don't have to be pretty or organized, it simply has to reflect all your thoughts on paper so that you don't forget and can work through those written thoughts more effectively. If writers could quickly figure out exactly what they want to write every day, everyone would be published authors by now.

Step 2: The Outline

I'm sorry if you were expecting a technique on physically writing as the second step but the truth of the matter is that more planning occurs in my system than writing.

The actual writing is the last and easiest part. What comes next is organizing your mindmap into a comprehensive format for your article or book.

Again, it all comes down to working on paper.

Play around with all the ideas at your disposal, starting with the most relevant to the least relevant. In brackets, make a note of how much content you want to create for each idea from a scale of 1 - 3.
  1. Not more than a paragraph.
  2. At the very least 2 paragraphs and no more than a page.
  3. A page or more of content.
Under each idea, depending on what you scored it, jot down all the relevant information from your mindmap and further expand on those ideas using bullet points.

It takes about 15 minutes minimum to complete an outline (if you work fast) but once it's done, filling in chunks of content feels like a walk in the park.

Step 3: Write Non-Stop In Increments

By now, I don't know of anyone who hasn't read about the pomodoro technique but for the sake of context, allow me to explain.

The pomodoro technique dictates focused sessions work without distractions for a period of 25 minutes. At the end of one session, you are rewarded with a 5-minute break. At hindsight, it doesn't seem like anything special but the psychological effects of this technique work wonders.

Something most people dread is indefinite work sessions.

Before even starting, the psychological warfare that happens upstairs overwhelms and overpowers people to the point of mental burnout.

Having a set time to work for and an incentive motivates people to work harder and faster during each session.

So, this removes all those obstacles and provides a measured and calculated session for work.

All you have to do is work hard in those 25 minutes and then enjoy an epic break doing whatever the hell you want.

Although, I strongly advise people to engage in something SUPER boring during your 5 minute break so that you actually look forward to the next pomodoro session.

A number of words you can or choose to write within 25 minutes is up to you and the circumstances you're working in. When I'm well versed on a topic and research properly, I can easily clock in about 1000 words in 25 minutes. However, if I'm doing work for a client and it's often on a topic I have little to no experience writing about, that number of words drops significantly.

But, at the end of any pomodoro session, I always get work done. It's so hard to get started but this breaks down an entire journey into a measly 25 minutes. It's a pretty neat trick if you ask me!

Play around with the duration of each session until you find the perfect amount of time to work within. However, no matter what, once you start a session, do not stop writing until the time is up. That's the only rule.

Alternately, when I don't feel like engaging in a pomodoro session, I work with word counts.

For instance, when writing a new book, I'll work non-stop until I hit a target amount of words and only then do I take a break.

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Step 4: The Question Technique

What do all books and all articles have in common? What is it that both fictional and non-fictional books accomplish?

They make readers ask questions.

What happened? How so? Why? What if? 

These are questions that pop up in every single piece of writing at some point or the other. Obviously, most questions are answered or if the writer chooses, he leaves the reader pondering with more questions towards the end.

With that being said, when writing, I often ask myself questions because the answer to them usually provides me with an abundance of information to use however the hell I please.

More importantly, working out solutions to problems and reasons for questions provides more content than I need.

Words flow easily and 2000 words become a daily occurrence when you simple ask questions. Chances are, the questions that float around your brain will reflect similar types of questions readers will have.

Step 5: Get The Physical Aspects In Order

At the end of the day, writing is a physical task. Sure, not many people use pen and paper to write a book anymore but that doesn't necessarily mean typing on a keyboard is more effective.

Till this day, I've seen ample people type as slow as a tortoise on a keyboard. There's no way in hell for you to write 2000 words a day if you're bad at typing.

So, practice. There's no way around it. Longer sessions on the keyboard will improve your overall word count speed. Bump up the number of words you type per minute and it should solve half the battle.

Next, work in a space where you are distraction free and not used to lazing around. Even though I have a perfect set up in my room for writing, my best days are spent on my laptop in the garden when the neighborhood is quiet.

Pick a place conducive for intense work sessions and do nothing but work. Consider this your work only zone.

Lastly, choose a time when your mind is laser focused and alert. 

Avoid writing when you feel physically awful because the lasting effects of dread during this time could infect your feelings for writing.

In my personal experience, writers who write during a time of the day when they feel great often form a long lasting relationship with the craft and enjoy the process. They don't suffer through thousands of words, they relish the opportunity to sit and write for as long as they can.

We are creatures of habit. The last thing you want to do is write when you feel negative because then you'll associate negativity and writing with each other. Weird, I know, but certainly true.

The Rest Is Up To You

Put the above advice into play and you should be 90% successful at writing 2000 words a day. I say 90% because the remaining 10% (often, the most important percent) depends entirely on your commitment.

If you don't have the dedication and discipline to get the work done then you never will. People who commit to priorities and goals are the ones who rise up and succeed.

Show up every day with the desire to write like a mad man or woman and you will accomplish insane things. When you finally decide to give 100% of yourself to this craft, don't stop or slow down until you've worked long enough to achieve something substantial.

Have a purpose for writing and make those 2000 words a day count.

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