How I Write 50,000 Words Every Day

Steal these habits if you want to write more frequently

Matt Lillywhite
3 min readFeb 8, 2022
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Growing up, my dad said I would accomplish amazing things. He said that when I was an adult, I would probably do something special that would make people watch in awe.

My dad was right. I’ve managed to write over 50,000 words per day, every day. It wasn’t easy. But with the help of several strategies, I accomplished something that many people thought was impossible.

Here‘s how I did it:

I Increased My Typing Speed To 500 Words Per Minute

For anyone who doesn’t want to do the math, that’s 8.3 words per second. My fingers look like a blur on the keyboard as they rapidly move from one letter to another. At 500 words per minute, I’m a walking, talking, superhuman typing machine.

For comparison, the average typing speed is around 40 words per minute. But as you can tell, I’m not average. In fact, I’m so far above the norm that NASA asked me to type the code for their next rocket launch — since it’ll get done extremely quickly with me at the keyboard.

I Learned How To Write Anywhere And Everywhere

Some people like to write in their local library or a room designed for maximum productivity. But for me, that’s not good enough. As one of the most prolific writers in the world, I have to set an example.

I purposefully sit in the middle of construction sites with my laptop because I enjoy writing while surrounded by distractions and loud noise. The reason? It’s a great way to prove to other people that I can write anywhere and everywhere.

I’ll also write while sitting in the stadium at a New York Jets game. And since the Jets suck, I’m not worried about missing any touchdowns while typing on my laptop.

I Use Voice Dictation To Write In My Sleep

I think about writing all the damn time while I’m awake. So as you might expect, the same is true while I’m asleep.

My phone records everything I say while talking in my sleep. And while some people might find…



Matt Lillywhite

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