Welcome back, Manic Follower! I hope that you’re having a pleasant January wherever you are. Mine has been cold, and a little snowy, but not very. I know there are some places in the US that have had record snowfall, I don’t live there. My overall feeling is that if it has to be cold I want some snow to look at. Scratch that…I’m not sure I want the inconvenience of a snow storm. So, if it has to snow, please let it be overnight and cleaned up by the time I have anywhere useful to go, but still pretty to look at.
Is that too specific? Hmmm.
Today I am reviewing a craft book called 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron.
I will admit that I approach craft books with trepidation. So many of them push you to develop your writing their way, rather than encouraging you to find your own path. So many insist you write every day to improve your word counts or develop the habit if writing. I’m not sure where the idea that serious writers write every day and if you don’t then you are not serious came from. Is writing every day a good thing? Absolutely! Does it work for everyone? Absolutely not! I am a full-time writer, sort of. By that, I mean that I write Monday through Friday during the same hours, just as if I’m going to work on a schedule. I use a time tracker app called Timesheet on my phone to track the hours that I work and I strive for about 25 hours a week. I’d love to do more but I have parental responsibilities that prevent that right now. I never, or rarely work weekends. (I’m hoping to increase that to 30 this winter, but I think that will entail working one morning on the weekend. Ahh sacrifices.)
Rachel Aaron’s 2K to 10K does none of this. She discusses the methods she used to increase her word count from about 2000 words a day to over 10,000 and how to incorporate them into your own routine, but she never insists that her way is the only way. 2K to 10K started as a blog post and went viral so she decided to turn it into a book.
I found this book abundantly helpful in learning how to be more efficient with my writing and have already noticed a difference in my productivity. She offers advice in actually increasing your word count when you are sitting down to write, but she also offers advice in how to streamline other writing tasks such as plotting, outlining and editing so those tasks move more quickly and efficiently as well.
What she doesn’t do is insist that her way is the only way. She urges you to use her suggestions and tailor them to fit your needs. She admits to being a plotter and says “You are your own writer, which means only you can understand how to best tell your stories. So with that in mind, please don’t think of anything in this book as gospel.”
I’ve found many of her suggestions easy to tailor to my own needs, and very helpful in increasing my productivity and I’m looking forward to trying her plotting, outlining and editing suggestions when I get to that point with my next novel.
If you are a writer who is frustrated with your productivity, don’t give up! Keep looking for the habits that work for you! Give Rachel Aaron’s book a try, it’s got lots of great ideas and advice in it.
2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love is available on Amazon in Kindle and audio format and it’s very affordable at just .99(US) for the Kindle and 1.99(US) for the audiobook. I’ve read a lot of great craft books as I work towards being a better writer, this book is definitely on my favorites list.
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