Friday, December 4, 2015

How to Increase Your Daily Word Count in 8 Easy Steps

Writers are forever looking for ways to increase their daily word count. This is nothing new. Writers are often paid by their word count. The higher their daily word count, the higher their income.

Step 1 - Prepare the Night Before

The first step to increasing your daily word count is to plan ahead. The evening or night before you plan on writing, prepare your work area and your notes. Make the arrangements necessary to remove any possible distractions you might have while you are writing.

Step 2 - Start Earlier

Begin your writing time as early in the morning as possible. Many writers, including lifelong night owls, have reported a higher word count when they adapted to writing on a morning and early afternoon schedule.

Step 3 - Healthy Snacks

Buy healthier things to snack on and increase your energy levels by doing so.

Step 4 - Relax

When you sit down to write, relax. Do your breathing exercises. Let the words flow out of you. Don’t worry about what you are writing, whether it is good enough or perfect. Just focus on the act of writing.

Step 5 - Prepare an Outline

If you are writing nonfiction, an outline is essential. For fiction writers, at the very least prepare a summary statement on what your book is about to help you stay focused.

Step 6 - Set a Low Daily Word Count

When you start writing, set a low daily word count. For example, start with 500 words. Try and beat that daily word count, even if it is by 1 word. If you find yourself writing a minimum of 700 words a day, up your word count minimum to 700. Always challenge yourself and try to up your word count every day.

Step 7 - Don’t Edit

When you sit down to write, focus only on writing. Save editing for when you are working on your second draft.

Step 8 - Do Typing Exercises

I remember sitting in typing class in high school and absolutely hating it. A few years later, in 1997 to be exact, I was working on my computer and realized how slow my typing was. I bought a typing book and began practicing typing all over again. Learning how to correctly type on a keyboard is essential to improving your overall word count. If you are still playing the hunt and peck game, it’s time to take advantage of the free typing lessons available online.

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