Quicker Writing: One collection to finish a primary draft in 6 weeks
Do you get nervous when you start a book? Is it taking you forever to write this book, and is it why you eventually give up? As you learn to write faster, you not only increase your writing productivity, but you also learn how to become a better writer completing projects in the process.
Writing the first draft of a book is hard work, but it is also manageable.
In six weeks, you can even learn how to write and finish your book faster!
That's my goal for my upcoming blog series, to teach you what I've learned about writing faster, and not only that, but also to show you why writing faster makes you a better writer too.
How I learned to write first drafts faster
When you sit in front of this endless blank screen, does it look incredibly large, like a white desert waiting to be filled? Want to stop before you even start and put off your book for another day because the idea of putting so many words on paper is just too daunting?
Maybe you say to yourself, "One day I'll start, that day will definitely come." This gives you a little vote of confidence even though you have no idea when that day will actually happen.
My first book took me with me three Years, which is exactly the time it took to write a draft. All in all, it took at least a while to count the time from the beginning of the idea six.
I dreamed of the idea for at least two years, wrote little things, put them aside, kept changing my mind, forgot where the story went between months of inactivity, made notes, lost notes, renamed the characters, redesigned them The plot made the story too short, then too long and everything in between.
I ended up with a 150,000 word giant and was so tired of looking at it that I couldn't bring myself to write another draft.
Most of all, what I learned in this experience is how Not write a book.
A few years later I wrote my second book.
The first draft of this book, 90,000 words long, took a little less than six weeks.
Not only that, it was a far more cohesive, well-plotted book with a tighter story and more developed characters. This book called Headspace, is first in a series and will be published by Story Cartel Press this summer.
Do you want to read my upcoming novel? Headspace will be released in July 2021, but you can read it for free right now if you join my launch team! Send an email to email@example.com to let me know of your participation. I can't wait to hear your thoughts!
His prequel, Master of the arena, was written last year and went through two drafts and two rounds of editing in six months. The first draft was written in eight weeks while working full-time from home. Two children were home schooled and a global pandemic erupted.
What has changed in these years?
How did I move from a multi-year slog to books that are not only fast and efficient, but are of far better quality compared to that first catastrophe?
In a very special series of articles, I'm going to walk you through the lessons, tips, and tricks for efficiency I've learned over the past decade so you can learn to write faster.
These lessons have helped me improve my writing productivity significantly, even in a year like 2020. I hope that by sharing it with you, you can write your best stories – especially your first drafts – quickly and efficiently without having to take a decade to figure it out.
Because surprise of all surprises, Productivity can be learned!
If you want to learn how to write faster, you need to master these three essential basics: proper thinking, a range of writing techniques, and a good system.
How to Write Fast: The 3 Basics of Writing Fast
Learning something takes time and it shouldn't come as a shock to anyone. However, the good news about productivity is that you can learn it while achieving your goals and projects.
In this series of blogs, we'll go into detail on how this process works. However, there are three key points you need to be able to write quickly:
- The right attitude
- A range of writing techniques
- A good system.
If you master these three, you will write faster and finish your stories too.
Develop a (quick) mindset when writing
Believe it or not, productivity starts with a mindset. This applies not only to your writing plans and habits, but also to viewing the first draft of your story.
The first draft is different from all subsequent drafts. It is the starting point of everything. It serves as the backbone of your story that stops the flesh of the story.
In a drawing, it would be the first messy sketch under the final drawing that no one sees.
It's important to remember that the first draft doesn't have to be perfect. In fact, it doesn't have to look like the end product. All it takes is to be written, no matter how ugly and flawed.
Instead of trying to write a perfect first draft, it is far more productive to focus on creating a first draft that does its best to support future drafts.
That lesson was one of the most important I learned on my journey.
Use writing techniques
Writing can be taught.
In addition, writing can be learned.
The more you learn about the craft and technique of writing, the more productive you can write. This is the same principle as anything else – you can build a house, paint a painting, or do some dance choreography better if you are more familiar with the skills and crafts.
But how do you know where to start with endless resources, programs, seminars, and courses?
What will be most useful to you and what could turn out to be a waste of time? It's easy to get overwhelmed or fall into the trap of needing an endless amount of education or even a college degree before you can write a decent book.
Good news – it's a lot easier than it looks.
With a focused approach and a clear goal, it won't take you nearly as long to improve your writing skills as you might fear.
Use a system
What is a system
The word "system" can sometimes put people off. It conjures up images of computers and codes and complicated things.
Many writers may not believe systems have anything to do with their craft and avoid it. But it doesn't have to be that way – systems are your friends.
A system can be defined as “a set of principles or procedures by which something is done; an organized framework or method. “In simpler terms, it means a way of doing things that are there organized and repeatable.
When you have a system of how to approach a book you will never be lost and stranded wondering what to do next.
You always know the steps you need to take, from first to last. In this series, I'll show you the system that worked for me and teach you how to build your own writing system and continuously improve it.
A preview of My How to Write Faster Series
I am so excited to take this trip with all of you! Below is a list of all the topics covered in this series.
What you should (and shouldn't) achieve in a first draft
In this first post, we'll get a better overview of what you should accomplish as you write your first draft, including identifying key elements and goals, and what isn't entirely important in the process.
Plan slowly and write quickly
This post will help you understand the importance of planning and the role it plays in writing a book quickly.
Your productivity toolkit
You should keep this post close by. It will serve as a helpful reference for what you need to achieve productive writing, and we will be using a variety of tools on your author's toolkit to do so.
Building Your Basic Skills
Overwhelmed and not sure where to start building your skills? This is the post for you. Here we are going to talk about how to identify your strengths and improve your weaknesses by learning some basic skills that will increase your productivity and keep you motivated and focused.
Developing a hands-on mindset will dramatically improve your ability to write better, faster, and more productively.
The importance of practice
Exercise is important. But blind, non-purposeful practice can slow your progress. We're going to talk about the importance of the practicing mindset and how to make the most of it in this post.
Planning / building a bridge in the first phase
The first steps in planning your book can determine whether you will finish your story and find the excitement to begin your next draft. In this post, I'll refer to James Scott Bell's "Build a Bridge" method, as well as some tips of my own.
Decide what kind of ending you want and why it is important
Did you know that sometimes it's best to work backwards? Here we're going to explore how looking forward to the end of the book to look forward to to help structure the rest of the book.
How to make a scene list (and not adhere to it)
Some people don't like the idea of planning scenes, but you wouldn't believe how useful this exercise can be in building your story. Better yet, you don't have to adhere to it. In this future post, I'll teach you more.
Variations in planning for plotters vs. pantsers
This series focuses heavily on planning. We are not all plotters, however. Some of us are pants, but that doesn't mean some of these tips won't help you. Here we will examine how Pantser can use this series and how planning in different ways can lead writers to success.
The revision list: your companion
My revision list is my best friend when writing the first draft. It not only serves as a central collection point for my notes, but also prevents me from having to make changes while writing. I'll share my revision list template with you and show you how it works for you.
How and why you need to end your story
The ultimate goal of this series is that you not only start but finish a book as well. But the story ending is actually more than just a check box, and in this post, I'm going to tell you why.
Find your system
In this post, we'll focus on what to do when it's time to actually write. After all of the planning, ideas, thoughts and goals, we've put it all here into one system that you can use your first book and every book after that.
Assessment of your cast: why less is more
Part of effective writing is knowing what is essential and what is not. This applies not only to the plot, but also to the characters.
What to do when your deadline approaches
They are due to the wires. The deadline is running out, but you're not sure you can finish on time. This post provides some tips and tricks to get your first draft done quickly. Remember, the goal is to end your story.
Writing a first draft quickly is important as it forms the basis for the second draft. The second draft is going to take work, and that's a lot easier to work with if you finish your first draft sooner rather than later.
Preparing Your Second Draft: What Is A Plot Treatment And How To Use It?
Here is the real purpose of the first draft: it serves as the basis for the second. In this post, I'm going to show you what to do with your finished first draft and how to treat it for all of its problems and flaws.
Write Faster: Your First Design Checklist
The final post highlights one of the highlights – a handy checklist of all the things you'll need to get your first draft down in six weeks. Hope you will be excited and ready to get started as this series of blogs will help you get that first draft down quickly.
Write faster, write better and above all write!
I was asked more than once when I started writing.
The truth is, I don't remember a time in my life when I didn't write. I dictated stories to my parents before I could write to myself. I stapled paper together and made my own books. I wrote for fun, wrote to relieve stress, wrote when I was happy, and wrote when I was sad.
I addressed the unpredictability of the past year by writing two books, several short stories, and a series of articles. I've walked away from it every now and then, but at the end of the day I keep writing.
Writing cancels something in me that cannot do anything else. It is joy, passion and creation rolled into one.
If this is the case for you too, I invite you to join me on this series. We'll dive deep into how to get the most out of your limited writing time and get the book in you down on paper faster and easier than ever before.
You will see that there is no trick for writers who produce book after book, just basic skills, a simple system, and a solid mindset that anyone can acquire.
Until next time, I hope you warm up your engines for writing. We are about to go on a (fast) journey.
Which writing techniques do you use to write faster? Let know in the comments!
As this writes faster series, I would like to invite you to write a story as you use these writing tips, techniques, and strategies.
Take a few minutes today to come up with a story idea that you think is worth writing from start to finish and set a target word count for that story.
Then I want you to spend fifteen minutes writing about what you fear is slowing your writing down or what is normally slowing you down when you write. Putting your fears and worries aside could be the first step in overcoming them.
I want you to read up on these fears and worries and tell if you can overcome them every time we look at a new post in this series. Will writing fast help you actually finish your book instead of using potential obstacles as an excuse to quit?
When you're done, share your story idea in the comments and let us know what usually holds your writing up. Don't forget to give feedback to other authors, and look forward to my next article in this series!