How to Write 10,000 Words a Day

Marisa Mohi
6 min readApr 20, 2022

In my heyday, I cranked out 10,000 words a day regularly. I didn’t want to, but my job required it of me. It mostly sucked, but I learned what I needed to do to make it happen regularly.

Every writer is different, so the things that make it easy for me to write 10,000 words a day may not be the same things that work for you. And the more I get to know myself, the more I realize what I need for a good writing session has less to do with the act of writing than it does with enabling a hyper fixation.

Knowing the conditions you thrive under is important, and your girl is a monomaniac.

I’ve given some tips for writing 10,000 words a day before, but I thought I’d share some more insight on the topic.

Do You Have to Write 10,000 Words a Day?

In short, no. If writing a bunch in one day isn’t your thing, then don’t worry about.

I know it can seem like all the writers talk about doing this sort of thing. And many of us have to to hit deadlines. I think the most I’ve ever managed in a day was right around the 17,000 mark, and it didn’t feel great.

But if you have the freedom and privilege to write slowly, then take it. The work I do for myself usually takes longer than the work I do for clients simply because I get to set the deadlines, and I don’t necessarily like to push myself to write that much every single time I sit down to do so.

So please don’t think this is a necessity. You write your book the way that you need to.

But if you, like me, occasionally find yourself stuck with a deadline that you didn’t attack early enough, well. I’ve got you.

Tips for How to Write 10,000 Words a Day

Writing 10,000 words a day isn’t magic. It’s not the hardest thing you’ll ever do, but it does take some preparation. Here’s what you need to do.

001: Build up to it.

If you’ve never written more than a couple hundred words at a time, you’ve got some work to do. Writing 10,000 words a day is a lot of writing, and even though you’ll need to break it up into chunks, you need to be able to sit at the computer for many long…

Marisa Mohi

Writer and Tarot Reader. Fueled by black coffee and notebooks with thick paper.