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2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love Paperback – August 21, 2017
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About the Author
Rachel Aaron lives a lovely, nerdy, bookish life in Athens, GA with her seven-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 all her books), visit www.rachelaaron.net! She also writes action packed, romantic Science Fiction under the name Rachel Bach.
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Some time in early January I bought this book, hoping to find some answers, any answer to my vexation. And boy, this was manna! 2k to 10k showed me in a scientific and logical way, what I was doing wrong and more importantly, how to fix it.
It took me a week to unlearn my current style of writing, and use Rachel's three-pronged approach to writing. Did it help me? From 13-JAN-2013 to 10-FEB-2013, I completed the balance 60% of the story which meant...YIPPEE! I had completed the FIRST DRAFT of my story! The story had literally blazed off the screen and my keyboard had became smokin' hot with the typing. Note that I now knew the dates I'd been writing plus the word count per day. With her method, I now knew exactly where I was in the story, what was going to happen next; and how much of the novel was complete.
Now, I am writing this review in March and you might be asking what was I doing for the past 1 month. I was...
I had meanwhile read Self Publishing for Fiction and it was a pretty good book. The challenge? It didn't tell you how to edit quickly. In the past one month, I was able to edit a grand total of 2 chapters. My pre-Rachel days loomed at me. I was back to square one with my hopes of Publishing still distant.
I remembered that there was a chapter on Editing in 2k to 10k, but I had pooh-poohed through it, thinking that it wouldn't apply to my book. Now a month later, I went back and read through the chapter on Editing. And the scales fell off my eyes! I am using her three Editing Tools now. She said to use multiple colors to track threads. I tried that on paper, but found the highlighting feature in Word easier to do. I immediately found some continuity issues with my story and am now working on those toughest problems first.
Final Thoughts: Rachel Aaron makes you so motivated in this book. You just feel like writing and writing. Its a short read, but I have gone through the book 3-4 times, and each time I have found something new and helpful. If you are stuck with your novel and don't know a way out, I PLEAD with you to read this book. My word count increased by 4x to 12x and I am sure even if you double your speed, you will be glad.
If you relate to my story and can identify with it, say Yes below, then scroll up and grab this book. You will not regret it.
Rachel Aaron’s 2K to 10K does none of this. In her book, she discusses the methods she used to increase her word count from about 2000 words a day to over 10,000. The book started as a blog post and went viral so she decided to turn it into a book. I found this book abundantly helpful in learning how to be more efficient with my writing and have already noticed a difference in my productivity. She offers advice in actually increasing your word count when you are sitting down to write, but she also offers advice in how to streamline other writing tasks such as plotting, outlining and editing so those tasks move more quickly as well.
What she doesn’t do is insist that her way is the only way. She urges you to use her suggestions and tailor them to fit your needs. She admits to being a plotter and says “You are your own writer, which means only you can understand how to best tell your stories. So with that in mind, please don’t think of anything in this book as gospel.”
I’ve found many of her suggestions easy to tailor to my own needs, and very helpful in increasing my productivity and I’m looking forward to trying her editing suggestions when I get to that point with my next novel.
If you are a writer who is frustrated with your productivity, don’t give up! Keep looking for the habits that work for you! Give Rachel Aaron’s book a try, it’s got lots of great ideas and advice in it.
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I picked up this book for two reasons:
1. Ruby Dixon recommended it, and I do almost anything Ruby suggests.
The techniques the author shared in 2K to 10K are basic but I still enjoyed reading the book and thought that it supplied the reader with a lot of good...Read more