Boost your daily word count


In this article, I’m going to share 10 tips I found that can boost your daily word count as a writer. I can’t say I have incorporated all of them, but some of these definitely helped me with Son of Babylon!

1. Set clear goals

One of the fundamental keys to writing more words per day is setting clear and achievable goals. Determine how many words you want to write each day and make it a non-negotiable commitment. Setting specific targets will help you stay on track and measure your progress.

2. Create a writing schedule

Consistency is crucial when it comes to writing. Establish a writing schedule that works for you, whether it’s early in the morning, late at night, or during your lunch break. Having a regular writing routine will condition your mind to be more productive during those designated hours.

3. Get rid of distractions

Distractions are the mortal enemies of productivity. Find a quiet, clutter-free space where you can write without interruptions. Turn off notifications on your devices, close unnecessary tabs on your computer, and disconnect from social media during your writing sessions.

4. Use writing prompts

This is not one of the ones I use, as I find writer’s block is rarely an issue for me. However, writer’s block can be a significant obstacle to increasing your word count. Overcome it by using writing prompts to kickstart your creativity. These prompts can help you generate new ideas and keep your writing flow consistent.

5. Embrace the Pomodoro technique

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method that involves working in short, focused bursts (usually 25 minutes) followed by a 5-minute break. Repeat this cycle several times, and then take a longer break. This approach can help you maintain high levels of concentration and productivity. For me personally, I don’t like to interrupt my flow, but for many people this works wonders.

6. Don’t edit while you write

Many writers fall into the trap of editing their work as they go, which can significantly slow down the writing process. Instead, focus on getting your ideas down on paper first. You can always revise and edit later. This is also a trap I fall into when I proofread my own work. I find it better to make a list of corrections and then go back and make them all at once.

7. Find your best writing time and place

Experiment with different environments to find where you’re most productive. Some writers thrive in coffee shops, while others prefer the solitude of a home office. Discover your ideal writing space, and you’ll be amazed at how it can boost your word count. A lot of Son of Babylon was written in Barnsley Library, where I can write surrounded by books, and Gallagher’s, a local coffee shop that gets quiet after the lunchtime rush.

8. Set rewards for milestones

Motivate yourself by setting up rewards for reaching specific word count milestones. Treat yourself to your favorite snack or a short break after every 500 or 1,000 words. These small incentives can keep you motivated and eager to write more.

9. Leave things unfinished

Leaving things unresolved is a great way to motivate yourself to come back and finish. It also lets you hit the ground running when you next sit down to write. I try to complete a scene or chapter and then start a new one every time.

10. Join a writing group

This is another tip I don’t use myself, but many writers swear by them. Sharing your writing journey with others can be highly motivating. Joining a writing group or finding a writing buddy can provide you with accountability and encouragement. You can also exchange tips and tricks for boosting word count.


Increasing your daily word count as a novelist is entirely achievable with the right mindset and strategies. Some of these will help you, and some may not be right for you. However, with determination and practice, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a more prolific novelist. Happy writing!

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