At number 3 on my 100 Best Ways to Becoming a Better Writer I wrote “Write 1,000 words a day.”
I took a look at that today and thought, “Now why did I write that?”
I had a hunch…but I wanted to see what other people thought.
In some circles, writing 1,000 words a day is equivalent to 10 steps to becoming a better writer.
Others intended it to be a challenge to inspire writers to do what they are supposed to do–write.
Still others recommend writing 1,000 words a day as a way to establish a routine.
Every single example I came across had one prevailing assumption: you were already a writer.
Except for Ray Bradbury.
“Write a thousand words a day and in three years you’ll become a writer.”
Not a better writer. Not a stronger writer. Not a smarter writer.
But simply that thing we so desperately desire to become…a writer.
The bar has been raised.