Ray Bradbury on Why You Should Write 1,000 Words a Day

Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451

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.

His reason for recommending it?

“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.

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  1. says

    It’s amazing how writing 1,000 words for a client based on research and facts, doesn’t really seem daunting. However, when you’re writing 1,000 words of your own – thoughts, emotions and fictional (or non-ficitional :P) plots, can seem like a mountain to climb. I came across this quote from an article I was reading ‎”At any moment in time, you are only one thought away from an insight — an insight that can change everything.” As writers, our only chance of getting to that insight -those words with the potential to change everything – is to plow through the junk until we reach that space when we really call ourselves writers (or at least, writers worth mentioning).

    Thanks for the reminder – I’ve committed myself to writing 1,000 words a day of personal writing, at least for the month of April! And yes, it is as hard as it sounds. I’m hoping it becomes easier as it becomes a habit.

  2. says

    That’s the truth isn’t it? I think when we are hiding behind someone else’s work we are more likely to take risks…when are name is on the content we cower.

    Good luck on your goal for April! You can do it…and I truly believe you can keep it up after the month ends, too!

    Take care.

  3. says

    Re: “‘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 a writer, nonetheless.

    Some days, I find it easy. Other days, not so much. I think at one point, I burned myself out. Or maybe, that’s just a trick our mind tells us to keep us from doing the work.

    Still, I’m working on at it daily to try and exercise that writing muscle.