Ever since college I have been an on again and off again writer. I’ve been a very fickle writer, to be honest. I’ve already started 3 blogs before this one. They all had different focuses. I loved writing for each one of those blogs. Writing is definitely my happy place. 

But, what killed it all is that I  never wrote just for me. When I ran out of ideas of what to write about I would just suffer in my writer’s block and not write at all. I would dream of all the wonderful solutions to my lack of creativity.  Yes, a cute little cottage in the Appalachian Mountains would be the perfect place for writing inspiration. I actually got bored with my life believing that there just wasn’t enough writing fodder in my life. All my writing would sit dormant whenever I was in a creative dessert.

After every especially long period of non-writing, I would finally talk myself into believing that I was not actually a writer. A good writer would always have something to write, right? A true writer would never experience writer’s block, right? Wouldn’t a true writer have an exciting life in which to write awesome pieces about? My perfectionism would get the best of me every single time.

Wow. I am really good at feeding myself some pretty epic lies.

The funny thing is that no matter how many times I convinced myself that I was not a writer, I would slowly die on the inside because I was not writing. 

It has taken me a long time to admit it but I am not completely fulfilled unless I am writing. I AM A WRITER!! That’s the end of the matter.

 

The Solution

 

It was about a year ago that I found an article with the  title, “How Writing 1000 Words a Day Changed My Life.”

This particular article was like getting slapped upside the head. The tagline said, “Why behavior matters more than outcome.” I couldn’t get that saying out of my head. 

He wrote, “If I waited to be inspired, I was screwed.”

That hit me like a ton of bricks. That was my problem!!! I was always waiting to be inspired to write. Inspiration is a very fickle thing. 

This guy said he committed to write 1000 words a day no matter what. It could be gibberish or it could be publishable material. It didn’t matter.

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Guess what?  A writer…..WRITES!! A writer writes a lot.

So, I took this guy’s advice to write 1000 words a day. 

Some days I am “inspired” and it is easy for my fingers to fly through the 1000 words. Other days I have absolutely no idea what to write about. I still sit down at the computer and write. It will be complete garbage. It won’t make any sense whatsoever. But, as I write the garbage slowly becomes gold. It’s a rather fun experience. 

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What’s happened since I started writing 1000 words a day?

 

I am a fulfilled writer. I have an outlet for all the words swirling around in my head. Even before I started this blog I was writing 1000 words a day and wrote hundreds of pages on my computer. Most of my blog posts come from the pages and pages of words I have written over the last few months. 

So, yes, writing 1000 words a day has completely changed my life. 

Have you ever had a “DUH!” moment that changed your life? PLEASE share in the comments!!!

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22 comments on “How Writing 1000 Words A Day Changed My Life….Too”

      • I am still working on that. Like you, I stopped writing, but part of me wanted to resume. Inspiration was one part of the problem. I can say that one source of inspiration is reading what others have written (for background knowledge, examples of how it is done, etc). Like Stephen King said, “If you don’t have time to read, then you don’t have the time or tools to write. Simple as that.” He is such a committed reader that he always carries a book with him and will even read while waiting in line at the grocery store. Some of my unfinished ideas are new twists on someone else’s writing.

        What do you do for inspiration?

        • I love to read. I need to read more but I’m working on that a lot this year. I always seem to have my best ideas when I’m writing about something completely different, or in the shower, or exercising. LOL!

    • Hey Emily!!! YES!! Writing on a daily basis has been so HUGE for me. It has helped me heal in so many ways and to process tons of stuff. It also helps building content for the blog. LOL!!!

      What are your favorite topics to write about???

    • YEAH!!!!! I’m so happy to hear this!!!! PLEASE check back and let me know how it goes!!! I plan to release a printable to go along with this soon to help track your progress. Any thoughts on what you’d like to see in a tracker….assuming you are tracker kinda gal??? 😉

  1. I’ve been feeling “Stuck” with my writing lately. I always feel like I have to have something really good before I can write. I never thought to just write whatever comes…hmm…maybe I’ll give it a try. Thanks!

  2. I’ve noticed that since I started my blog and dedicated myself to a set posting schedule, I’ve gotten better at writing blog posts. Making it a weekly habit to publish a new post has made writing a constant habit for me. It’s slowly become easier to knock out 1,000 words (or more!) just like you said. It used to be so hard for me to sit down and write something I was happy with…it was drudgery.

    But now it seems to come a lot easier. I do enjoy writing and express myself best through the written word, so I’m glad I’ve finally established this habit. 🙂

  3. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had absolutely no motivation or inspiration to write. It usually comes in waves, so when I’m feeling extra creative, I go ahead and write content for a few weeks ahead. I haven’t ever thought of this 1000 words exercise, but I’m thinking it might be something to try. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I love the idea of just writing to write. There are days where I have no problem wanting to blog and there are days where it feels near impossible. Just writing everything down to write sounds like an incredible inspiration!

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