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How to Write 10,000 Words In a Single Day

Updated on January 31, 2017
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In this article, you will learn how to write more on a daily basis. You will learn how to increase your productivity, improve concentration, and take your writing to the next level. I initially became fascinated with writing 10,000 words a day in 2016 when I read am article by Ryan Biddulph about how he manages to stay inspired daily, and write 10,000 words in a single day. Read on if you want to challenge yourself, and ultimately learn how to write consistently.





How to Drastically Increase Your Productivity

Fine Tune Your Mind

Before you even begin to attempt writing 10,000 words a day, fine tune your mind. Have you ever started a challenge and found that you just can't get your mind on board ? You struggle with negative thoughts and a self defeatist attitude. Constantly telling yourself that it is too difficult, if you tune your mind to believe you can achieve your goal of writing 10,000 words a day, you are much more likely to achieve it. So, every morning wake up and tell yourself out loud that you can do it. The more you tell yourself you can do it, the more likely it is that you will kick yourself into gear and just do it. I would strongly recommend browsing the website mindsetonline.com and also pick up a copy of one of my favourite books, The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. This book provides you with the necessary tools to enable you to fine tune your mind from habitual negative thinking, to effortless positive thinking on a daily basis.

Try This>>> When negative thoughts begin to penetrate your mind, try this simple trick. Immediately replace a negative thought with a positive one. How do you do this? Think of a time when you felt the happiest, were you at the beach? With your best friend, shopping? Remember that thing, recall it, focus on it intently and allow that thought to penetrate and permeate your mind. You will notice that your thought process will automatically shift. Remember that it takes time to achieve this effortless positive thinking, so practice daily and you will see results.


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Write it Out

When I first started writing 10,000 words a day, I would wake up in the morning and write this simple sentence. “I can write 10,000 words a day”. Within the first two weeks of writing this out daily, I was writing 10,000 words, five days a week, every week. By writing this out every day, the notion that I could write 10,000 words a day was penetrating my subconscious mind, and it was creating the necessary environment in my mind to get it done. It worked!

Research has shown that when you are writing things down, it is like you are carrying out the task you are writing about. In a sense, you are preparing your mind for carrying out that task. In Therefore, the more you write it out, the more you are reminding yourself that it is possible to achieve it. I would usually write it out once a day, a full A4 sheet of paper, writing the same thing over and over again. You have to develop an obsession for achieving this goal, yes an obsession.


Write it out: I can write 10,000 words a day
Write it out: I can write 10,000 words a day

The Science of Habit Forming

Get Obsessed

The definition of obsession is,

"The domination of one’s thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image, or desire".

So, in order to achieve that goal of consistently writing 10,000 words a day, you have to develop an obsession with getting this done. Your must dominate your thoughts and feelings with this persistent idea that you can do it. Grant Cardone, International sales expert and Entrepreneur.com contributor states, that in order to gain massive success and smash your goals, you have to show up every day. He says:

“To create a massive reality -- you have to follow up every action with obsession to see it through to completion; otherwise it is not a success. You need to show up every day and take massive action and follow it up with more action”.

Form a Habit

Yes, it can be difficult to get started, it can be a huge task to show up every day and get things done consistently. However, one thing you do need to remember is, it takes a certain amount of time to form a habit. Challenge yourself to write say, 5,000 words a day for 21 days. Then, increase that 5,000 to 6,000 and so on for the next few months.

How Long Does it Take to Form a Habit ?

Although some studies state that it takes 21 days to form a habit, research also shows that it can take up to 254 days. In 2009 a study was undertaken by professors from University University College London, the study showed that there is no clear cut evidence to show that it takes 21 days to form a habit. Some participants managed to form a habit in as little as 18 days, whereas others took as long as 254 days to see results. What does this mean? It means that every case is different. Therefore, in order to start changing habits, it is vital that you understand the importance of creating challenges. 10 day, 21 day, 30 day challenges. By doing this, you can monitor how long it might take you to form that particular habit.



How to Get Things Done

Plan Plan Plan

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Therefore, if you plan on drastically increasing the number of words you write in a single day, it is fundamental that you plan your writing. If you are writing a novel for example, plan your scenes, plan and structure what you are going to write before you start your writing each day. I always find that days when I fail to plan my writing, I either write less, or write much slower. However, when I plan everything out, my writing is much more fluid. My hourly word count is much higher, and I generally get a lot more done. When I am writing articles or blog posts, I plan my sub headings, and write bullet points for each aspect of that subheading. Then I pad it out with research links and, or book titles or research information. So when I am writing the article, I can immediately refer to whatever I have written down.



Set a Timer

This has been one of my biggest facilitators, I find that when I set a timer, it drastically increases my productivity. Most of the time I use the Pomedero method, this is where you set yourself a 25 minute window of opportunity to work. When the 25 minutes is over, you take a 5 minute break. The technique was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. Once you have managed to do four 25 minute intervals, you then go on to take a 15 to 30 minute long break. Then start the whole process all over again. This has been the single most effective productivity tool that I have ever used. I use the Tomato Timer website to track my time


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Break it Down

One of the best things to do when facing a seemingly mammoth task, is to break it down into bitesize, manageable chunks. When you do this, you are tricking your mind into thinking you only have a small mountain to climb. Thus allowing you the ability to have laser-like focus on that particular task. I usually break it down into 1000 word sprints, I set the timer for 25 minutes, I usually manage to get 1000 words done in that time. I always find that I manage to get more done when I break it down. Experiment, figure out a system that works for you, and stick to it.

Eliminate Distractions

When you have a family, plenty of housework to get done and a whole host of other factors that could affect how much work you can get done on any given day. It can be very difficult, if not extremely frustrating, this is why it is important to give yourself windows of opportunity to work with zero distractions. This is where waking up early comes in, you could also ensure that you give yourself a couple of hours in the evening to get some writing done. Distractions come in many forms, one of my biggest distractions is the Internet. Instagram, Facebook, e mails and general internet surfing. However, what I have found to be most effective in eliminating the Internet distraction is to quite simply switch off the WiFI and switch off my phone. This works best when I have done all my research and prep beforehand, then I can just switch off and write. When I need to elaborate on a specific point, I just leave a space, make a note of what information I need to find, then go back to it once I feel like I have written enough. If you do not have a separate room for writing where you can literally lock yourself away and write, write, write. Then, create an area in your house for writing, this leads me to my next point.

Create an Enabling Environment

Crete an enabling environment that allows you to work efficiently and effectively, thus increasing producitvity. Like I said in my previous point, if you do not have a designated workspace in your house, as in an office or study room. Then try to create a blocked off area in your kitchen, living room or dining room where you can work without getting distracted. Ensure that everyhing you need to maximise productivity is within reach. For example, notepads, pens, relevant books, timer (you can use an egg timer, a phone timer, or an online timer. The best timer for me at the moment is the Tomato timer website, I would not recommend using a phone timer, because you just might be tempted to jump on Instagram or Facebook. The Tomato timer can work without the Wifi being on. Also, make sure that your workspace is neat and tidy, here are some examples of beautifully crafted, minimal workspaces to inspire and motivate you. There is nothing worse than working in a cluttered and chaotic workspace. When your space is clean, tidy and everything is organised appropriately, it definitely maximimses productivity.

Find Your Focus and Start Deep WRITING!

At the beginning of the article I mentioned a little phrase that I use to describe my writing when I am deeply focused. When I am deeply focused on my writing, I call it deep writing. This is when I essentially block out any distractions and focus on churning out those words. I can only write effectively when I am writing in this mode. So, I urge you to find that focus and get to that point where you can write and write for 25 minutes straight without being distracted once. This is when I am attacking every phase of my writing and smashing all my writing goals for the day.


Let's Sum Up

In conclusion, you have decided you want to take up the challenge and write 10,000 words a day. You obviously know that you have what it takes to achieve this goal. However, getting started can be the biggest task of all, this is why you decided to click on this article in the first place right? Well, remember what I said about fine tuning your mind? Start now, when you have finished reading this article, take a breather and fill your mind with positive thoughts, positive enabling, self fulfilling thoughts. If you are finding this difficult, take a pen and paper and write down your positive sentences, and if you feel like all you need is the affirmation that you can write 10,000 words a day, then write that over and over again. Set everything up to motivate and inspire you to get those words out.

  • Prepare your mind

  • Organise your workspace

  • Write down your goal

  • Prepare the tools you need to start writing your 10,000 words daily

  • Plan your writing

  • Plan to get up early

  • Remember! Get obsessed!


Leave your comments and questions below, how many words do you write a day? Do you have any tips that I have not included here?

Exercise

Exercise is vital for brain function and productivity
Exercise is vital for brain function and productivity

Exercise

Exercise is vital for increasing productivity and overall focus. A study published in 2010 on Tandfonline.com stated that a group of workers were asked to take frequent breaks and stretch throughout that break. The results indicated that all of the workers saw an improvement in their overall focus and productivity after stretching. Therefore, it is important for you to take regular breaks, stretch or take a walk during your breaks to increase blood flow and relax your muscles, removing any tension to ensure maximum productivity during work sessions.

Give these simple, yet effective stretches a try when you go on your next break from writing. You will feel rejuvenated and ready for work after doing them. They only take 6 minutes to do, give it a go!


Quick 6 Minute Stretching Workout

Quick Final Tip !

This quick final tip has been instrumental in facilitating my quest to write 10,000 words a day. That tip is, dictation. I rarely dictate my words anymore but when I first started writing 10,000 words daily, my efforts were greatly helped by dictating. I would often use Speech notes and online, which is a free dictation tool. I would recommend getting a microphone because the laptop mic rarely picks up all the words. Try this tip and let me know how it works out for you!

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Note:

Although it is important to write, write and write some more when you are trying to build a career in writing. Or build a business as a writer or blogger, it is also important to understand that your health comes first. In my opinion, writing 10,000 words a day over a long period of time is not a healthy thing to do. However, if you have a book to write, a challenge to undertake, it is fine. I am currently writing between 5,000 and 8,000 words a day, 3 times a week. However, your challenge is your challenge. Therefore, if you need to start writing 1000 words a day, or 3,000 words day, take some of these tips on board and start getting it done.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thanks for these helpful tips. The 'timer' idea will keep me on track. I'm a writer who keeps revising, editing and making changes until I tell myself o stop! I never seem to be satisfied with what I write. Is this normal?

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      intriguewriter 5 months ago from worldwide

      Hi vocalcoach, I used to do this a lot. Now, I find the best way to write is to just get it out. Then go back and revise once I have hit 5000 words. This is my method. I write and write and write and keep writing on a consistent basis. I am never fully satisfied with what I write to be honest but I just keep writing.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thank you. I will do this. Just what I need to hear!

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      intriguewriter 4 months ago from worldwide

      You are welcome, keep going! Let me know how you get on.

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