How I Write a Million Words a Day5 min read

Of course, I don’t a million words a day, but this is the kind of post we’ll have to write in order to get people to read our content.

And pretty soon we’ll have to actually write a million words every single day.

Don’t get me wrong, I love writing. Every single word of it. Writing is all I think about and all I want to do.

I write some eight hours a day, every day. I write two blog posts before every one wakes up. It’s 8:48 PM where I’m at, and I’m writing my sixth post of the day.

It’s a lot of writing to do on a daily basis, but I don’t care. I want to write it all. And I forgot to mention the fact that I write a few thousand words of comments, e-mails, and replies to the comments and e-mails I receive. Sometimes I even engage other human beings on different messaging apps, but that’s rather rare.

And do you want to know why I do all this?

It’s the only cure I know for writer’s block. The blank page no longer scares me.

The more I write, the more I am able to write.

It took me a long time to understand that writing is not as artistic as we like to think. Writing is a matter of finding those moments when you catch but the glimpse of an idea, and it excites you just a bit, and you usually have to do something else, or someone calls you on the phone, and it’s gone. Well, I am the guy who declines the call and starts punching those keys. It doesn’t have to be good, and that’s not what I think as I give my idea shape. I don’t think much as I write. I just want to turn my ideas into words, to get them out, to place them in front of my readers.

That’s writing.

Simple, isn’t it?

When you’re reading someone else’s words, and those words inspire your brain into thinking of something to say, you’re writing. When you’re thinking of a good reply to a snarky joke, that’s writing. When you’re texting, you’re writing. When you’re sexting, you’re writing.

Writing is just you thinking through your fingers.

When I get an idea, I write it down on my phone, on my laptop, on a napkin. I’ve had to wake up in the middle of the night to do this. I’ve had to pause a movie I was watching, or stop in the middle of the street.

Most people don’t want to do this. It’s a sad thing to let an idea die like that.

If you took the time to write down your ideas as soon as you’d have them, you could write a million words a day. Okay, maybe not a million. But a thousand. How does a thousand sound?

All you need to write is to give life to a thought or idea. Give them a tangible form.

They don’t need to be these wonderful ideas crafted into perfection by the soul of some long-dead South American poet. No. The things I write down never are. I’m talking about an interesting sentence I read in an article, or the idea for a headline. Sometimes an idea comes to me as I type a comment to a certain post, or as I read other people’s comments. Sometimes I just stare out the window or listen to my neighbors playing loud music over the speakers, and I’ll have an idea.

That’s how a blank page stops being scary.

Because when you do this right, there’s no more blank page. You already have something. And idea. There’s so much clarity right there.

This post you are reading started as an idea. That’s all it took. And since I’ve been doing this for song long, all I need is an idea, and then I can write about it at least five hundred or so words.

In order to write anything at all, you need an idea or a bit of someone else’s words. That’s it.

If you do that, the blank page does not exist anymore. Writer’s block is something that happens to other people. Writing stops being this tedious process.

Jack Kerouac used to hope that he’d find the right words someday. I find them every single day, from morning until I go to bed. The right words are everywhere.

Once you start writing under the influence of such an abundant mindset, you let go of the vanity that often comes with the notion that you are a writer. You are not a god, so stop pretending to be one. You don’t have to create something out of nothing.

All you’ve got to do is find something you love so much that you kind of hate the writer because they wrote about it before you did, and then let it inspire you. Think about it. Add to it. Disagree with it. Remove. Rewrite. Embellish.

The possibilities are truly endless.

If you want to be able to write a lot, you’ve got to think a lot about writing. You’ve to read a lot, so other people’s words get stuck in your mind, and the only way to get them out is to write them down. That’s all it takes. That’s what writing is.

If you do that, I promise that you’ll be able to write at least twice as much as you used to.

Cristian Mihai

Cristian Mihai (born 25 December 1990) grew up in Constanta, Romania. And he’s still growing up, or at least trying to. Sometimes he writes. Sometimes he gets lucky and writes something good. His favorite painting is “Wanderer above the Sea of Fog” by Caspar David Friedrich. He can’t, however, draw a straight line. No matter how much he tries. Not even with a ruler. And, please, don’t ever ask him to sing.

12 thoughts on “How I Write a Million Words a Day5 min read

  1. I think everyone that reads this post will be able to relate to the point about having ideas but not writing them down.

    Then sometimes, even when you write down the ideas, when you come back to them, they don’t have the same power, often not making much sense.

    Its as if ideas are half-formed when they come into your mind, and its the writing or talking them out where they link to other ideas and thoughts and become fully formed.

    Your posts are always useful, but this is another one for me that is above par. The Seth Godin one was the last rocket ship post.

  2. Awesome post! Thanks for sharing. I’ve always found my best writing comes to me subconsciously. In order to write like that however our writing needs to become primal and instinctive, the only way to achieve that level of natural tendency is to write, write, write and constantly pursue mastery of our craft. Do you mind if i share this on my blog we talk about this kind of stuff a lot?

  3. This serves as a follow-up post to the popular How To Write pieces that I have seen frequenting this platform. Elaborate and elegant, simple and valuable. I enjoy the process of writing and for me, it comes down to planning what post will come next, as a theme or central focus is where I would want to go, but every now then, movies, books, walking, talking, listening and living births the posts find themselves published, like what you did here. Thanks for this article.

  4. This is the best post on writing I have ever read, yours, or anyone else. It distills the elements necessary to write: That inspiration is everywhere, the need to write down your ideas immediately, and maybe, most importantly, lose your fear, of the blank page, and what anyone else may think of what you have written, and most importantly, WRITE!

    Another title for this could be: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blank Page. (Apologizes to Stanley Kubrick)

  5. Thanks for the post. It touches the right notes. I was just wondering how you first got into writing? Was this something you loved for as long as you reemmber? Or was it a specific moment that tilted you towards it?

  6. wow… so helpful thank you… no need to be perfect… just pen down what you have in mind… in time you will learn more and eventually you can write more… 😍such a great blog ❤️

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