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2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Aaron
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Book Description

"I loved this book! So helpful!" -- Courtney Milan, New York Times Best Selling author of The Governess Affair

"Have you ever wanted to double your daily word counts? Do you feel like you're crawling through your story, struggling for each paragraph? Would you like to get more words every day without increasing the time you spend writing or sacrificing quality? It's not impossible, it's not even that hard. This is the story of how, with a few simple changes, I boosted my daily writing from 2000 words to over 10k a day, and how you can, too."

Expanding on her highly successful process for doubling daily word counts, this book--a combination of reworked blog posts and new material--offers practical writing advice for anyone who’s ever longed to increase their daily writing output. In addition to updated information for Rachel’s popular 2k to 10k writing efficiency process, 5 step plotting method, and easy editing tips, this new book includes chapters on creating characters that write their own stories, story structure, and learning to love your daily writing. Full of easy to follow, practical advice from a commercial author who doesn't eat if she doesn't produce good books on a regular basis, 2k to 10k focuses not just on writing faster, but writing better, and having more fun while you do it.

*New for Fall 2013! This Revised Edition includes updates and corrections for all chapters!*

Editorial Reviews


"I loved this book! So helpful!" -- Courtney MilanNew York Times Best Selling author of The Governess Affair

"This. Is. Amazing. You are telling my story RIGHT NOW. Book is due in 2 weeks, and I'm behind--woefully, painfully behind--because I've been stuck...writing in circles and unenthused. Yet here--here is a FANTASTIC solution. I am printing this post out, and I'm setting out to make my triangle. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!" - Susan Dennard, author of Something Strange and Deadly

About the Author

Rachel Aaron is the author of eleven books, most notably The Legend of Eli Monpress, a five book fantasy series about a charming wizard thief and the trouble he gets himself into, published by Orbit Books. Her fast writing methods have been used by such notable authors as YA bestseller Holly Black, Rachel Caine, author of The Morganville Vampires series, and bestselling non-fiction author Holli Thompson.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book On Writing Fiction I've Ever Seen December 23, 2012
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I write non-fiction books. It's all I've ever written (except a little bit of poetry and some short stories). But I was seriously considering writing a novel and so I decided to do some research. That's when I came across this book. So far, I've read 12 books on novel and fiction writing.

Out of all the books I've read, this is BY FAR the best (and for only 99cents, it put all those other books to shame). What the author shares about planning your writing ahead, planning your plot, and the simple process she uses is worth the price of all the books I bought and then some. Sometimes, the simplest ideas can have the biggest impact on your life.

The book is also full of other useful ideas and tips such as planning your editing ahead of time, proactively solving problems upfront through good planning rather than once you've wasted a lot of time writing a story that doesn't work and a lot more.

One thing that really stuck with me from this book is that you should only write what you love to write. If there's a word, a scene, a chapter or even a whole book you don't enjoy writing then stop! Throw it out (or just put it aside) and go work on writing something you love to write. Life's too short to spend time writing something you don't enjoy doing.

This book inspired me to start my first novel. I mapped out the whole plot and the scenes as the author suggested and by the time I was done, I had tears in my eye because I was so touched by the story I had created in less than an hour using this process. I can't tell you how grateful I am for this book!

It's not just great for fiction writers either!
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Common Sense October 11, 2012
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Every point made in this book is common sense. But when you look at what you are doing and follow the easy steps Rachel points out, you have success. I haven't gotten to the 10,000 word a day, and probably never will, but I have doubled my daily word count. And this is the pace I am happy with. I find I even have more focus on the days I am just editing and not writing. I believe that is due to me knowing when is the best time for me and being knowledgeable about what tasks I have coming up.
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52 of 60 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If You Read the Blog Post, You've Read This Before December 22, 2012
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The first part of the book (which is a copy of a blog post by the author some months ago) provides a good approach for analyzing and optimizing your day-to-day writing production. This section is worth the price of the ebook ($.99 as of this review). Or, maybe the original blog post is still out there, and you can find that and read it for free. Either way, I recommend it. You *can* write fast and write well. This will help you.

The rest of this book, though, is far less general and less useful. Also, I disagree with the author's contention that anytime you're struggling with enthusiasm it's because your current project is broken or you've picked the wrong project to work on right now. Follow that logic and you'll struggle to ever finish *anything*, much less a novel.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but very specific to a certain writing style October 12, 2012
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I'll admit upfront that the reason I bought this book was because of the section titled "If Writing Feels Like Pulling Teeth, You're Doing It Wrong," which was not quite what I thought it would be. That's the only reason I didn't give 5 stars, because even though the book doesn't fit me, it's full of good information for those writers who like to plan or those who are still finding their way to a method that works for them. If you don't, you're probably not going to find a lot useful here, unless you want to try more extensive planning for your book. I actually don't want to, so the book didn't hit the right spots for me (I have never enjoyed writing a book I've planned out in any depth in advance of writing, and the actionable advice in this book is built on preplanning).

The author writes so well that I couldn't help enjoying her perspective anyway, and I certainly think the book is under-priced for the value to a new writer or one still looking for a method that works.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good content, really bad editing August 10, 2013
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I hate to knock off stars for editing, but there were at least two typos or grammar mistakes on every page. For a book about writing- with a whole section on editing!?!- this is tough to swallow.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Book! October 28, 2012
By Jenny
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I purchased this book after seeing a mention about it on the NaNoWriMo forums, and I'm glad I did. Mrs. Aaron gives a plethora of useful tips for writers wishing not only to write faster, but to write more efficiently. She adds a touch of humor to this book as well and I chuckled a few times while reading through it. I recommend you check it out, it's a good deal at only 99 cents. Thanks to Mrs. Aaron for sharing her advice with the rest of us!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful December 30, 2012
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I think the gist of what Rachel has to say is plan ahead what you write. That's the secret to getting your word count up, having confidence of where the story's going before you start writing. Of course, she says it in more words as she's also helping you to plan in the best way she knows how. There's nothing really groundbreaking in this ebooklet, but it can be useful nonetheless if it helps you get unstuck.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 star content February 16, 2013
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I've read a fair amount of books on writing and the writing process, and this was certainly one of the best. The author gets right to the point and doesn't waste a lot of time. The book is just the right length, and is a quick, easy, and fun read.

Of course, not everyone can put her methods completely to work as a lot of people don't have the time to write 10k words in a day, but the theory remains the same regardless. I think if anyone applied her methods, they'd become much more efficient and effective at writing.

So the content of this book is absolutely 5 star, however you may wonder why I only gave it 4. Unfortunately there are quite a few grammar and spelling mistakes... yes I know it's an ebook with a cheap price, but I really don't think that's an excuse to make so many simple errors.

But don't let that stop you from reading it. Anyone interested in writing should read this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended.
Short but info-packed book about how the author increased her word count, step-by-step. Also include tips for story planning and editing. Highly recommended.
Published 3 days ago by B. Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific practical advice, no matter your experience level!
One problem I have, along with many other budding writers, is that I read too many books on writing. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Albert Bowes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This little book has a lot of valuable information. While much of what she has here can be found online, the info that is specifically for this book is more than worth the purchase... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Annie Jean Brewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff in here!
Well written, to the point, and very helpful!
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars May not apply to pantsers.
Excellent and concise method for increasing your writing output. Be warned that her method requires some forethought and no small amount of discipline on the author's part in order... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound Practical Advice
Short and concise but deep as we'll. I loved the lack of fluff and getting right to the points -- and they were points worth making. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Harvey Bradley Stucki
4.0 out of 5 stars Track your work
Good reminder of essentials for fast writing. Author tracks her output, as done by non-writing businesses.
Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful insight
I really enjoyed this insight into how one writer goes about the business of writing.
Published 13 days ago by Bronwyn McNeil
4.0 out of 5 stars A good guide on how to write faster
A short and engaging guide to how to write faster. It matched up very closely with my own experience in writing, where I've found that the more I plan the faster I write. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Simon Cantan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book with good, practical and solid advice to increase word count!
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More About the Author

Rachel Aaron lives a lovely, nerdy, bookish life in Athens, GA with her four-year-old son, loving husband, and obese wiener dog. Other than her own books, the internet knows her best for writing very fast. To find out exactly how fast (and read sample chapters from her books), visit!

She also writes action packed Science Fiction under the name Rachel Bach.

*Eli Monpress Reading Order!*

Like many fantasy adventures, the Eli Monpress books were written as a five part series and must be read in order for the story to make any sense. Here's the official list:

(You can also get books 1-3 together in an omnibus edition titled THE LEGEND OF ELI MONPRESS)
Novella - SPIRIT'S OATH (set before the events of book 1, but not essential to the series)

Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy Eli's adventures!

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