I just completed my first 1000 word article and I am pretty excited (woohoo!). In honor of celebrating myself, I decided to write this article on writing a 1000 word article.

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I really didn’t think I’d reach my goal of writing that amount of words so fast (it was my 7th article and I didn’t think I’d hit that number of words until after having more time put in). I’ve been out of practice for a while now and I’ve always been the short and sweet kind of writer, so 1000 words seemed like a lot. Since I was able to complete my first 1000 word article and am coming off my writing high, I figured I’d celebrate a little by writing about it to let others know how I did it, and publish it on InfoBarrel for future reference if I get writer’s block and can’t figure a way to extend my writing for future articles. Below are the items I found useful that helped to make this word count goal.

1) Find a topic that you know a lot about and/or have personal experience with. My first 1000 word article was How to File Bankruptcy without a Lawyer. It’s not the most positive or glamorous topic I could write about, however, it’s something that I recently went through and where I was able to share enough of my experience that I reached the word milestone.  If you know a lot about a particular topic, you won’t have any trouble finding words to explain it all. I’m definitely hoping to have more positive experiences in the future where I can repeatedly write articles with 1000 words or more.

2) Resist the urge to look at your word count. This is easier to write than to do. I should know because I have been known to click on that word count option to see where I am at more often than I’d like to admit. What you need to think about is if you’re getting all the right information across, not if you’re meeting a certain word minimum. If you are able to get your article done in 500-600 words and you know that you have covered everything possible, then you should just publish it. If you’re only focusing on trying to reach 1000 words, then it’s going to become more difficult, you’re going to start sounding redundant or your article will have non-important information that no one wants to read and your readers will lose interest. I’m pretty sure no one wants to lose credibility on a writing website.

3) Have confidence and faith in your writing abilities. I can’t say that I went into this whole writing thing with lots of confidence. It’s been a long while since I wrote “for fun” and this word count number is a bit intimidating because you can’t just write any 1000 words. Your article definitely has to make sense and be worth reading or else no one will get past the first 100 words. Even if you have done minimal writing, you should have faith in your writing because we all start out at the beginning but get better with practice. The more articles we write, the more we begin to feel like writers. The more articles we write, the more confidence you will gain and faith will be something you already have within yourself to continue writing.

4) Write to help others. Sometimes people get caught up in trying to get viewership for their articles, unlock the achievement or to make their money. Readers are pretty smart and they can tell if someone is just trying to help themselves. Your ulterior motives will come out even if you don’t write about them. Have you heard of the saying “You’ve got to give to get”? If you don’t focus on yourself, but you write to help give others information to solve their problems or answer their questions, then it becomes easier to reach your word count and your 1000 word article will have more meaning and will reach a wider audience. When you write from the heart you will say a lot that will benefit others.

5) Take a break if you have to (even if you don’t want to). Clearing your head for a bit of time is helpful if you are trying to organize your ideas or are searching for the perfect way to state something. Breaking up the routine of typing and glaring at the computer screen gives your mind time to refresh itself and allows you to come back with a renewed spirit of writing. Taking a break can also allow you to see what you have written with new eyes and that can let you know if you’re going off topic or missing the mark just to meet a word count goal.

The most important thing about taking a break is that you can use it to spend time with your loved ones. Most of us are trying to write so that we can make residual/passive income to spend more time with our families. If we are constantly at work on the computer then we are missing the present time we have to spend with them. Focusing on the future while ignoring the present isn’t a good strategy just to meet a word count number.

And last but not least…

6) Just Write. No one has ever achieved anything without trying. Instead of worrying about meeting a word count goal, we should just write and see what happens. I know we can get distracted by reading other writers’ articles and lurking in the forum, but it’s important that we just focus on the topic on hand that we are writing about. We should write until we need to stop (and take a break as mentioned in #5). When we review our work, we can then trim or add some information if necessary and as long as we are meeting the word minimum requirements set forth by InfoBarrel then we should publish. As we continue to write, we will develop our own writing style and voice. Automatically, the more we write, the better we should get, and the better we get, the longer and more natural our articles should become.

I started writing again because I found it enjoyable and I remember how much fulfillment I got out of it. I want to make sure I keep those things as my main focus and not worry about meeting word counts. Soon, I’ll become a natural writer again and I’ll be able to write more 1000 word articles, just like this one.