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Kamy Chetty On How To Write Faster #Giveaway

 Please welcome author Kamy Chetty. She's talking about How to write faster today. And there are Giveaways! There's a Kindle Copy Giveaway of Made To Die to one commenter! 

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How to Write Faster

Whether you’re beginning your journey as a writer, or you’re well into publishing your twentieth book, you should know by now whether you write by the seat of your pants(pantser) or a plotter, or an inbetweener.

I used to be a pantser. In fact I used to pride myself on being a pantser. I hated knowing where the story was going. I wanted character driven stories and I didn’t want to spend my life sitting down plotting out an entire novel.

I swore I was never that organized. That kind of thinking would cage my creativity and I would never do that. I was too smart to do that. What I didn’t figure out was that everyone is different. What works for you, doesn’t work for me.
I like coffee, in fact I’m addicted to the stuff. I don’t drink tea unless its herbal tea. I bet there are heaps of you who drink tea. So that means we’re different.

So I looked at it logically, and as a nurse, would I apply a cast to a patient’s arm, without looking at the x-ray first? Definitely not. I could do some real harm if I did that. So I would need to do some planning.
I need to look at the x-ray, figure out what equipment I need. Have it all prepared, and to be honest if I was using certain types of product, I’d have to be quick, because the casting material dries out quickly.

So why wouldn’t I do the same with my story. So I started to do some basic drafting of a scene. I’d think it out in my head and jot a few points on paper.
I use scrivener- so it’s easy to put in a synopsis and then write.
I like setting targets for the session- it keeps me motivated.
So I started doing this and I realized that my words counts were increasing.
I got some of these ideas from Rachel Aaron’s Book She has more advice so I highly recommend her book-2K to 10K: Writing Faster, Writing Better and writing more of what you love

You might be a pantser and this method might not work for you, which is okay. So here are a few tips to help. Send your editor on vacation while you write that first draft. While you’re writing your first draft, you have to write.
So when your see squiggly lines- IGNORE.
When you know a scene doesn’t work- type FIX- and move on.
If you forget what word or phrase you want to use- (Insert words here)
Write-write-write- don’t stop for anything- except to take breaks

If you lose interest in a scene- go write a scene that you do have interest in. Who said you have to write your book in chronological order?
Do you think they shoot movies and TV series in order? I promise you they don’t
So do what works for you but let the end game be more words for you…and reward yourself.
Keep track of your progress. There are some good word tracking programs out
There that are feel good or keep you on track.

Hope you found that useful.

Kamy Chetty's latest release...

Made To Die

When a young woman comes home to find closure and say goodbye to the sister she was made to save, she discovers a program for organ trafficking linked to a mass body dump. 

What has Cedar Falls become in her absence and what has her mother and Troy Saban, her sister’s husband has to do with it? Sophie Summerfield must fight for her life and those she loves as she figures out who is behind this scheme to steal organs from young woman.

Intrigue and drama captures the mind of the suspense reader. 

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Giveaway: A Kindle copy of MADE TO DIE for one commenter!



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    1. Thank you Mary- I do hope it helps

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  2. Thanks for visiting my blog (A Bench With a View) and your comment. I'm not a writer, but those were interesting tips for writing faster. I can see how they could be beneficial! The book sounds interesting too with an unique plot!

    betty

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    1. I do hope the book is interesting Betty. It's a little different to my normal romantic theme but I like it. I am glad to be here

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  3. I did find that useful, thanks Kamy! It's nice to meet you. I'd never thought about it like that, so I appreciate your insight.

    Nas, thanks for hosting. I will pass on the giveaway this time around. The TBR pile is through the roof. Well, almost. :) Have a good rest of the week!

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    1. Nice to meet you too Karen. Think of this as a map to know where you're going so you can get there faster. Each street doesn't have to be named, only the main routes. Hope that makes sense.

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  4. Yes, those tips were helpful. Thanks! I definitely need to send my internal editor on a cruise so I can write in peace.

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    1. I think that's the hardest thing to do Susan. Those swiggly lines drive me mad. And I am so tempted to look things up- but the key is to give yourself permission to write a bad first draft.

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  5. Love the coffee and tea analogy :) Great advice!

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    1. Thanks Meradeth- glad to see you here:-)

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  6. Great tips, Kamy! I'm a pantser working at becoming a plotter. It's slow going!!!

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    1. Hello Jemi- great to see you here. I can recommend James Scott Bell- he has some great books on Plot and Structure. Writing from the middle and he has a latest one out that great too. He is a master on the subject and I will highly recommend him. Also visit Vicki Hinze- her website has some free stuff on there on plot and structure. I hope that will help.

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  7. I'm a plotter and I can't write fast. I have the biggest problem with editing while I go. I just can't seem to help it.

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    1. yes that editor is always a problem. I still find that she interrupts me when I write and says things like- you're telling and don't do this etc. But then I remember that it's only after the words are on the page that I can tighten up my writing and look at layering and all those other things writers and editors tell us about

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  8. I'm a plotter, all the way, but somehow that's never helped me write any faster!

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    1. Do you have a routine you follow? What about distractions? Social media can be the devil of us all. At our writers group some authors tell us how they turn off their internet and download special programs for that purpose to avoid distractions. Phones need to be off and so on. Noise reducing head phones- something I have as well. Anything you think might work and always offer yourself an incentive for making progress.

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  9. Yes, very useful. I'm so slow, because I have to edit as I write. Perfect grammar, perfect words, the first time around. It doesn't work, so lately I've been trying to ignore the details and doing a little fast drafting. It takes me years to write a story, and I'm hoping to speed up with my next stories. Thanks for the tips.

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    1. Stay focused and try and let us know how it goes

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  10. I'm a plotter, but there are parts that don't quite work the first time through a rough draft, so I just make notes and keep moving, just as you suggest. This is good advice.

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  11. I'm a plotter, but there are parts that don't quite work the first time through a rough draft, so I just make notes and keep moving, just as you suggest. This is good advice.

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    1. Whatever works. Sometimes the same way doesn't work for me but tracking my progress always helps

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  12. Thank you for coming by mt blog and blog.. that was very sweet of you ♡

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  13. It's been a pleasure. Thanks for having me

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  14. Great advice, Kamy! I've heard of Rachel's 2k-10k book before, and it really does help sometimes to be a plotter if you need to write faster. I know I write faster and better if I have an idea of what's going on in the story and where I need to go.

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    1. Some writers like to go with the flow and that's okay but I found Rachel's book helpful Thanks for coming by Cherie

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  15. Sounds like great advice. I am not a fast writer- but these tips sound like they will work. I do plot a bit, but I think I go back and edit too much when I am writing. Thanks for sharing! :)
    ~Jess

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    1. I think we all edit as we write. What's worse is now I think, I'm telling too much and it does slow me down. I actually have to tell myself to speed up. I think it's a process like any other

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  16. Great advice, Kamy. And Made sounds like an excellent read.

    Waving to Jess:)

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  17. These are great tips! I'm a pantser--always have been. But I'm writing a chapter book now and you have to be much more concise. Not even one word can be wasted...so I have to make sure I know what I'm doing!

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    1. a chapter book- that sounds interesting Good luck:-)

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  18. Hi Kamy. Thanks for this. I am trying to navigate between pantser and plotter. I'm sure it'll save time in the long run.

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    1. I wish I knew the perfect way to write. I don't know if one is better than the other, but I do hope these tips help

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  19. I tend to draft fast. I start with an outline. Even if I get stuck, I keep writing and know I'll fix things later. I also post my progress on social media to keep myself motivated.

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    1. Now that's an excellent way to do it. I like the posting on social media- it keeps you a little honest too:-)

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