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