Back in January, I posted my goals for 2016, one of which is to write faster. I want to be able to get to the point where I am publishing at least one book a year. Stephanie Scott, another Insecure Writer, suggested I look at Rachel Aaron’s 2,000 to 10,000: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love. It was the right advice given at the right time.
2K to 10K is a short book. You could read it in one long sitting but I would recommend reading the first section on how to get more words written in less time, then coming back to the section on editing after you have a completed draft. Rachel Aaron’s methods are not gimmicky or magic bullets that will solve your lack of productive results. She is an advocate of meticulous planning and explains her methods in a clear, well-reasoned way that could inspire the most ardent pantser.
The chapters on editing quickly discussed the editing process in a different way than many of the other books out there on the subject. Rachel takes a holistic viewpoint on editing that concentrates on addressing manuscript issues by type and severity, rather than linearly. If you are a writer who prints out your manuscript and starts editing on page one and gets lost somewhere around page fifty, you might appreciate reading this book. Rachel’s methods would work especially well of you use Scrivener to write your books and feel comfortable hopping around inside your manuscript.
Now I don’t foresee myself ever actually writing 10,000 in a day, but since I read the book and implemented many of Rachel Aaron’s methods, I have been consistently writing 1,500 words a day and making quick work of my work in progress. Also, I have been incorporating some of her editing techniques even before the first draft is complete by not stopping the drafting process and starting a list of potential issues to address later in the editing phase.
If you are interested in reading this book, here is more information:
“Have you ever wanted to double your daily word counts? Do you sometimes feel like you’re crawling through your story? Do you want to write more every day without increasing the time you spend writing or sacrificing quality? It’s not impossible, it’s not even that hard. This is the book explaining how, with a few simple changes, I boosted my daily writing from 2000 words to over 10k a day, and how you can too.”
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Elizabeth Hein’s next novel, Escape Plan, will be released April 1, 2016. If you are interested in reading and reviewing the novel between now and then, please contact me at Elizabeth (at) elizabethhein.com for a free ARC.
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