The most Novembery of all months is bearing down on us, and soon everyone around the world will be getting to work on novels they’ve been putting off for far too long. Authors will be completing first drafts of novels in November, because who wants to go outside in **the weather**?
Wait. Novel first drafts in a month? How is that possible? That’s like, 5000 words a day, without deleting anything.
If you had asked me 6 months ago, I would have said “That’s impossible.” But I’ve been working up there (I think I’m at around 2000 words on a good day), and if you asked me a few hours ago, I’d say “That’s improbable. Only full-time writers can even get close to that.”
Then I read this post about an author who figured out how to get to 10,000 words a day. Regularly.
At first, I thought it was going to be a gimmick, something stupid and click-baity. Something like, “lol, I just talk to myself really fast and record it”.
But it’s not. The author of the article (and plenty of books), Rachel Aaron, gives great advice for figuring out how to maximise your time spent writing.
What stuck out to me was how scientific her approach was. She used spreadsheets to track her writing time, word counts, everything. She tested herself repeatedly, until she could pull 10,000 words.
I was surprised to find many of techniques used to write more words in a day were equally applicable for learning how to write better blog posts. This post on Copyblogger came up in my Twitter feed, and of course I had to read it. It’s all about analyzing your own weaknesses to improve your blog posts.
But, is there a problem here? Does quality suffer for quantity’s sake? Wouldn’t your art suffer because you’re just pumping it out so quickly?
AHA! Not so! Read this article from Brain Pickings. They say that once you work on something so regularly, it becomes comfortable to you. Then they argue that, in order to grow as you work on longer projects (books), or work over and over again on the same project (blogs) you need to push yourself outside of your comfort zone.
So, I’m curious – How do you use science for your writing? How do you try to squeeze more words out in the same amount of time? What do you do to push yourself outside of your writing comfort zone?
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