Everyone wants to write faster, but writers get obsessed over it in November, National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. The goal is to write 50,000 words during the month. Believe me, that is not an easy task. So here are 3 ways you can speed up your writing.
- 1. First and foremost— Turn off your internal editor. Keep moving forward. Do NOT stop to look up a word or wander off to do research. Highlight questionable words and phrases or write them in all CAPS and add –SP? –L/UP after them so you will know why they’re in caps.
- Don’t Look Back—Do NOT start the day by reading what you wrote yesterday. That leads to making changes, which will eat away at your writing time. If you stopped in the middle of a scene, read the last paragraph or two to remember exactly where you were, but don’t stop to change anything. One writer I know kept working on Chapter One for over a year before her writer friends convinced her that an imperfect story is better than no story at all.
- Set realistic writing goals—If the 50,000 word goal set by NaNoWriMo is too ambitious for you, set your own. Use long and short term goals. Break your writing into small steps you can realistically accomplish and even exceed. Immediate goals can be bites of time. Perhaps write for 20 minutes, then get up for an exercise break. Walk around. Have a piece of chocolate. Your goal can be 500 words before lunch, another 500 after lunch, or even 500 words in the full day. It will vary by the amount of time you have available to write and your own writing style and ability. Do, however, try to stretch your comfort limits. Don’t let the numbers scare you. Five hundred words is only two double spaced pages. Remember, they don’t have to be two pages of perfection. Fast writing that churns up the word count is for rough drafts. Polishing comes later.
Small goals strung together make large manuscripts.
Question: Do you have any tips that churn-up your word count? Please share.
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