Tuesday, September 15, 2015

8 Hacks That Will Help You Write Your Books Faster

Some book projects just seem to drag on and on with no end in sight. The solution? Try out these quick writing hacks today and see how your word count improves.

1. Dismiss the Negative

“You’ll never make money writing books.”

“You’re wasting your time.”

“Why don’t you get a real job?”

Being a writer is a job filled with negative input. People will tell you that you should spend a week crafting your singular blog post when many blog writers can kick out a 500+ word post in under 30 minutes. They will tell you that it takes months to write a book when many full-time Kindle book writers spend 3 to 14 days writing each book. Finally, they will try and convince you that there is no money in writing. Bullshit. There is plenty of money to be made from writing.

Do yourself a favor right now and dismiss the naysayers. If they are “friends”, get new friends. If they are family members, ignore them (or get a new family). Never take the naysayer’s words to heart. If anything, use their words as motivation to prove them wrong.

2. Set Word Count Goals

Set a daily word count or page count goal. If your goal is to write 1,000 words a day (that’s 7,000 words a week), make it an important part of your daily schedule right up their with showering and brushing your teeth.

3. Challenge Yourself to Exceed Your Goals

One trick many writers use it to continuously increase their daily word count, even if it is by a single word. For example, if your daily word count is 1,000 words and you manage to eek out 1,032 words, you can challenge yourself to go one word further the next day: 1,033 words. People use this method to increase their daily word count to a reasonable level, such as 4,000 words a day if you are writing full-time.

4. Never Edit While Writing

Never edit your book as you are writing it. Your main goal for the first draft is to simply get it all written down. This is not the time to find the best word, perfect sentence structure, or even change a character’s name. Save that for your second draft.

If you are chronically editing your work as you are typing, try this simple trick:

Highlight all of your text and change the font color to white. Now it will look like you have a blank screen and you can focus on thinking and putting your story to “paper” without being distracted by poor grammar, spelling mistakes, and punctuation.

5. Make Your First Draft Lean

My first drafts are always lean because I focus on the bare plot. I want to get it out of my head and onto the screen as quickly as possible. This method has allowed me to write a bare skeleton plot in three days. After the basic plot of my story is finished, I go back and begin adding the descriptions, the details, and I work in a few more subplots.

6. Speak Your Book

For some people, dictating their book is the fast and easy way to go. Try it out sometime. Tell your story and record it. Hire a transcriptionist to typing it in for you and then go back and begin editing your story.

7. Write Shorter Books

Kindle writers are no longer held to the 60k+ word count required by most publishers. In fact, short, concise books sell very on Kindle. If writing a tome about beekeeping is taking up way too much of your time and you feel as though you will never get the book done, break the book down into shorter books and create a series of books on the subject.

8. Hire Ghostwriters

You don’t have to write your entire book yourself. In fact, if you are having trouble writing one or more of your book’s chapters, hire a ghostwriter to do it for you while you work on the chapters you can write yourself.

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