Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Writing Faster

by Donna K. Weaver

"They" say if you want to be a success at this writing gig that you need to write faster, get more stuff out there, take on more projects and get them done on time. And, of course, produce a quality product.

No pressure there.

I, personally, haven't found that to be particularly easy either. I'm trying though. I doubt I'll ever be a super producer, but I hope to improve the process.

Here are some suggestions:
  1. Write every day. Set an attainable goal for a word count. Stretch yourself to attain it.
  2. Think your stories through when you're not writing. While I'm totally a pantser, I do like to know where the story's generally going. I frequently have scenes going on through my mind long before I write them.
  3. If you're an outliner, your outlining counts toward your word count. But at some point you have to stop planning and, you know, write the dang book.
  4. Time management - you really do have to prioritize your time. If your writing is as important to you as you say it is, choose well what you let get in the way of your writing time.
  5. Set practical, attainable goals.
What do you do to maximize your writing time?


Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Great reminders, Donna. At times I do let other distractions get in the way of my writing time, although I'm getting better about that.

Canda said...

I agree. My one big goal for this year is to write every day! It's harder than I thought. :)

Kaye P. Clark said...

Have you heard of the pomodoro 25 minute time management plan? It works well for me. Here's a free online timer.