Everyone loves the idea of becoming a millionaire, having millions or billions at their fingertips to do as they please. Life would be so much easier and a lot more fun as a millionaire. Right?
We’re dazzled (or expected to be impressed) by the celebrities and business personalities who have made millionaire status. The reality in daily life of the non-millionaire is often that the idea is illusive and seems nearly impossible.
We may like to dream about being a millionaire, but perhaps not have the knowledge, skills, mindset or motivation to make it happen.
The Millionaire Writer
Last year I had an idea that I’ve decided to pursue. What if I became a millionaire? Not with dollars, but with words. What if I set out to become a millionaire in 2020 by writing a million words?
Once I asked the question, I began to imagine the possibilities. How would it feel to be on a quest to write a million words? What would that look like on a daily basis? How would it feel to reach Jan. 1, 2021 as a millionaire who had written 1,000,000 words in one year?
The more I thought and dreamed and visioned and imagined that reality, the more I wanted to make it happen. So I started to do the math.
Word Count Breakdown
One million words in 366 days. Having a bonus day for the year is fantastic.
- 2733 words per day
- 19,231 words per week
- 83,000 words per month
The weekly and monthly word count numbers look overwhelming, but when I focus on the daily word count it seems doable. I’ve succeeded at NaNoWriMo more than once, where we focus on writing 50,000 words in a month. The last NaNo novel I completed was over 118,000 words, written in about six weeks. And that’s novel writing, which requires a different level of clarity and focus. My intention is just to get words on paper.
A Year of Sh*tty First Drafts
Everyone has heard of the SFD—whether it’s in writing circles where we just get the words on the page and revise later, or whether it’s from listening to Brène Brown talk about how we all tell ourselves SFD’s about life and other people.
Either way, being willing to just put words on paper takes discipline and commitment. What I have found is that the more freedom I give myself to release whatever is in my head, heart and soul onto the page, the more the words flow. If I am willing to let the words come out unchecked, they seem to show up more willingly. It’s a symbiotic relationship with the page. Be open to what shows up and more will show up.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.
Letting yourself be surprised by what words spring to life is one of the great joys of being a writer. When your characters start to take on a life of their own, or you journal about a mentality or mindset you never knew you held, there is power in that discovery. Writing is the doorway into that hidden world that even you may not know exists.
Words with Friends
Want to join me in my quest? Maybe it’s not millionaire status for you. Perhaps it’s writing five minutes a day, or finishing your book idea, or submitting an article to your local paper.
What writing goals want to come to life in 2020? What words want to be written? What stories are asking to be told? Let’s write together.
Morning Pages and Savvy Spreadsheets
Here’s the plan (for now). I’ve done a few time tests to check my writing speed. When I’m journaling or writing morning pages, I can average around 2000 words in thirty minutes. That’s pure brain dump, free flowing, stream-of-consciousness writing. I’m not thinking, editing, filtering or planning.
That leaves about 700 words to reach the daily goal. To fill that quota, I will be writing daily on my blog for the first 90 days of the year (part of a 90-day challenge), as well as including any writing that I do for my other social media accounts. Everything counts. Whether I take notes from a seminar or Mindvally quest, write quotes in my art journal book, or fill out my bullet journal pages, they all count.
I’ve updated my word count tracker from a few years ago in order to make it easy to see my progress. It’s a google spreadsheet that makes it easy way to track words written in each category.
That’s the plan to become a millionaire in 2020. So tell me friend, do you want to be a millionaire? What is your writing goal for the year? Or perhaps you have an artistic, fitness, coding, sharing goal for 2020? I’d love to hear about it and your plan to make it happen.