Sunday, November 1, 2015

How to increase your word count

Are you gearing up for NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month)? Are you beginning to sweat after reading that last question? Are you dreading the sleepless nights and the too short days? Is your stress level through the roof? Are you beginning to hate writing?

Well, you could read Ruth Harris' blog article on how to write faster. In it, Ruth not only gives you advice on how to write faster but also includes a list of resources.

But...

Why put yourself through all that stress? Why divorce yourself from your life to sit alone with your computer? Why?

There is a better way...

You could buck the tread to go faster. Instead of increasing your stress level... Instead of starting to hate writing... Instead of the MacDonald's fast food writing you could join the slow writing movement. 

Instead...

Do what I do. I don't put any pressure on myself to achieve a certain word count or page goal. And yet I'm very pleased with my productivity level. I currently have sixteen manuscripts in publisher slush piles.

How?

The key for me is not to write fast but to keep writing. I often write more than one manuscript at a time and always (usually) am working on a project. But all you have to do is keep writing -- word after word, page after page. By doing this, you will finish your writing project. And instead of increasing stress, you'll increase your skill level and your passion for writing.

Bottom line...  

You can write faster or... You can just keep writing. Choose what works for you.

On the other hand...

The Glorious Insanity That is NaNoWriMo by H.E. James

Next week:  Book review:  Day of the Bees (historical fiction)

Sharing my author journey...



I'm proud to be one of the contributing authors...

From the Heart features true stories of ordinary people sharing their passion for life and living. The writers -- twenty-six in total -- come from different parts of the world and from all walks of life. Their stories are deeply, personal, revealing and insightful.
-Gary Doi 

Book proceeds to benefit the Cmolik Foundation

To order your copies @ $20 plus shipping, send an email to:  garydoi@telus.net

I'm looking forward to sharing more about my story (a brief excerpt, how I got involved, etc.)



4 comments:

Darlene said...

Slow and steady wins the race. I am slow writer but I always write. The result is 5 published books. Whatever works!

Leanne Dyck said...

Thank you for your comment, Darlene. And you are right. It's so important, as an author, to do what makes sense to you.

Laurie Buchanan said...

Leanne — I love that you (and I) I don't put any pressure on ourselves to achieve a certain word count or page goal. I go for quality as opposed to speed. I'm sure that for many writers that means the same thing, but but not so with me.

Leanne Dyck said...

Absolutely, Laurie, I need my words to settle. I need to ease into the story. For me, these steps are as important as pen on paper or fingers on keyboard.