800,000 Words to Go

Aaron Schnoor
2 min readMar 23, 2024

What does it mean to reach one million written words?

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One of my favorite writers, Ray Bradbury, famously said that you need one million words to become a writer.

More specifically, Bradbury said that you need three years of writing a thousand words each day.

“Write a thousand words a day and in three years you will be a writer.”

— Ray Bradbury

Once you get those million words out of the way, you can truly call yourself a writer. It’s at a million words that you ultimately shed “bad” writing habits and adopt healthy writing habits.

One million words.

That seems daunting, doesn’t it? I can barely begin to fathom the entire sum.

But when we look at Bradbury’s quote and see that it will just take us one thousand words per day for three years, the entire figure of one million words seems less daunting.

I want to take Bradbury’s quote one step further and say that I would like to publish one million words. Only after publishing one million words will I call myself a writer.

As of right now, I’ve published approximately 200,000 words on Medium.

That doesn’t even take into account the thousands of words that have never made it to…