When I agreed to write these monthly posts I promised to be honest. And I feel confessional, but I declare that this will be the last post explaining how I didn’t get any writing done. However, until next month, I need to face something. I’m scared. Scared, I’m not good enough. Scared, I’ll never have anything completed. Scared, I’m a fraud. Scared, writing isn’t what I was meant to do. I understand that all writers have these thoughts, but honestly, until recently I was void of these.
A lot of us use beta readers to help us make sure we’ve hit all the right tropes. Find any slow, confusing or clunky bits and for general constructive feedback. They’re a failsafe, a link between author and reader to ensure what we’ve written will be well received by the reader. But on some rare occasions you might find your beta reader isn’t as shiny as you thought…
April already? Really? Well, the first quarter has come and gone and not many words or anything published to show. My overall plan was to have 2016 take off like a rocket ship, but as of today we are still stuck on the launch pad. However, there are some takeaways from these first three months that I believe will help propel me to success. And I share them with you in hopes you can learn faster than I did.
Honoree Corder provides straightforward advice about overcoming the obstacles holding back writers from achieving financial and personal freedom in her book Prosperity for Writers. It is a self-help book that can apply to not only writers, but also any general business endeavor.
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This post isn’t intended to be a braggery kind of post, but hopefully offer up some helpful tips for any writer who wants to write faster and get a ton of words down on the page. The way I do this isn’t for the faint of heart and isn’t something I just woke up one morning and said “I’m going to be a crazy ass writing fool today.” I write fast- and this just tells you how fast and how much I can write when I’m properly motivated.
Even if you have no desire to ever try any of this kind of lunacy (much like I enjoy running well enough to do a 5K, but I have no desire to run a marathon), you might find a tip or trick here in any case.
Prior to this particular 2-day writing marathon, my personal best for 2 solid days of writing was in the 20-22K word range. I had done that several times, and I honestly thought this marathon was going to be the same. Turns out, because I needed to get to “THE END” no matter what- I needed to go longer than I anticipated. Luckily, I had set myself up to do it and out popped the necessary 6,000 more words.
Let’s dig in…