No looking back. Always forward. You can fix stuff later. While fast-drafting is NOT for everyone, I ask you at least entertain the concept. And, since all roads lead back to Star Trek…. When we write quickly, we get into The Zone and pass The Wall. The Captain Kirk Brain is emotional, visceral and has no problem kissing hot, green alien women or cheating the Kobayashi Maru.
He out-bluffs Klingons, outruns Romulans, starts brawls and throws the rulebook out the window. In short, Kirk is the stuff of great stories. Many writers hold back emotionally when writing. Spock Brain is a perfectionist and wants us to take our time, make sure we follow all the rules and put the commas in the right spot. The trick is to hop on a cerebral crotch-rocket and outrun Spock.
He is seriously uncomfortable with speeding and you can easily lose him in the school zones or the parking lot of Walmart. Thing is, Kirk and Spock make the perfect team, whether on The Enterprise or in our head. They balance each other, but they are also antagonists. Blogging helps us ship and get comfortable with going FAST.
Story Master: From Dream to Done. Has your inner Vulcan taken over and edited all the life out of your story? Does the idea of going faster scare you? On Demand for a limited time. This teaches what I just covered in the blog above. Skip to comment form. We are not rewriting chapter one again! The struggle is real! Love you, man!
Things are always explained best with Star Trek analogies! I have become a big fan of fast drafting in the last couple of years. And interestingly enough, the number of my rewrites has gone down, not up. As you point out, the writing is better quality in the first place when we let Kirk brain outrun Spock brain while drafting. Writing has rules the same as painting, acting and music. Know them…then rearrange to suit yourself and just tell the damn story.
I released four historical fiction western novels last year and have released two, so far this year. I send each chapter to my beta readers as I finish them. What comes out first is usually what stays except for an occasional duplicate word or phrase change…pure instinct. I do a chapter every couple of days…Just tell the damn story. I almost spit out my tea at the part about Kirk ordering the phasers set to kill while Spock argues about Oxford commas.
I participated in a bookclub discussion once for my first novel and one of the readers is a major Trek fan. Or finished. I strive for words a day, and that definitely helped me churn out a first draft. I slowed down and it feels like I am so far from being ready to get out there.
Would you say it is more of a time frame than a pace? It depends on you. My three other books I wrote in 4 weeks. I think weeks is a good time frame. Pick one. Remember the first draft can be bare. You can go back and flesh in detail later. A lot of my initial drafts look almost like screenplays since mostly dialogue. If you prep ahead of time this is much faster. And I am not talking outlining but some fundamental groundwork. Pure pantsing is a formula to never finish anything in under a decade.
What usually eats up all the time is the perfecting every sentence and going back over and over and over. Write that ugly draft first. Always stellar advice. Yes, diamonds always come out of the earth cruddy and a bit weird-looking. The second draft, I started by just doing major story posts.
It helped so much the second time around! Thanks you for your insight. Checked my email late and missed your class! I was raised by Spock my father and Kirk my mother , so my writing life most of the time feels screwed. I got you taken care of. My two brains are at war with each other over world dominion of the story, so I think I can do better two books this year and four planned. Hopefully the more writing I will do will help that shake itself out. But I use cycling as I do the first draft.
So agree with this. Have learnt to forge ahead rather than get stuck into revising and revising and losing momentum and threads of the story. Also Chris Pine-yum. Off all the writing advice floating around the internet, this is without doubt one of the best pieces of advice. Nah, I will not proofread this comment. Certainly explains the walls I keep running into! Kirk starts the race but Spock quickly interrupts…. That leaves me with a question.
Sorry I missed your classes. Went to register and found out it was last week. Will you have it again? Good morning, Kristin. Your e-mail about this exciting class popped up in my in-box this morning. No surprise!
I usually take about 3 years to write each of my historical fictions. So, now how do I sign up for the next one???? Bogged down in a rewrite. Spock brain is a pain. Trying to make things — make sense. You may experience burnout after so many days of fast, fierce writing. Fast-drafting may not work well with your writing process, especially if you're a pantser. Fast-drafting also isn't as effective if you don't have much time to put toward writing on a frequent basis.
There is no set rule for how quickly you should fast-draft your novel. Some writers complete first drafts in as little as four or five days, whereas my own fast drafts usually take four to eight weeks to complete. To put that in context for you, my first drafts typically fall between 85k - k words, so I write roughly 2, words a day when fast-drafting. Your schedule and writing speed will have a big impact on how quickly you're able to fast-draft your book. But what matters is not so much how quickly you fast-draft, but rather that you're maintaining writing momentum and refusing to edit as you go.
If you want to make the most of your fast-drafting experience, here are a few other tips and tricks to employ:. If you know exactly what you need to write next at any given moment, you're unlikely to run into any snags as you work to fast-draft your novel. That's why I prefer to do a lot of pre-writing before beginning to draft, going so far as to outline my book scene-by-scene. I've heard that some pantsers enjoy fast-drafting, but I've yet to meet any fast-drafting pantsers for myself.
Looking for a little guidance as you pre-write your next novel? You may enjoy The Pre-Write Project , our page digital workbook designed to zap the overwhelm out of the pre-writing process. Click here to check it out today! Fast-drafting can be quite time-consuming in the sense that it's most effective if you can throw an hour or more into writing most days of the week. Knowing this, you'll want to be intentional about carving out blocks of time to write.
Let your friends and family know what you're up to. Take a day or two off work if you're able. Go on a television strike. In whatever ways you can, make your schedule work to your advantage. If you're fast-drafting a novel, your writing is going to suck. Simple as that. The best thing you can do is ditch the idea that a rough draft should be anything other than rough and write. You'll thank yourself later, when you aren't ditching an unnecessary scene you put hours of care into crafting.
If you're the type of writer who can crank out 15k or 20k in a day, I don't think you'll have any problem fast-drafting your novel. But if endless writing energy isn't on your side, setting goals can help you see your fast-drafting through.
I personally find it helpful to set a deadline for my finished draft, but you may wish to choose a daily goal instead, such as working for an hour or writing a minimum of 2, words each day. When I fast-draft, I write a complete — if messy — rough draft. Some writers, however, fast-draft a little differently.
I've chatted with writers who only fast-draft their books' major scenes, preferring to fill in the gaps once those scenes have been finalized in revisions. I've also heard of writers who prefer to fast-draft only dialogue and action, saving narrative, descriptions, and other less plot-driven elements for later drafts. How you choose to fast-draft your novel is up to you.
Remember, there is no right way to write. I would encourage every writer to give fast-drafting a try at least once in their writing lives in the hope that it may prove as helpful to them as it has to me. But if you know for certain that fast-drafting won't work well with your writing process, have no fear. Go forth and rock your process! Back Blog Archive. Why do writers fast-draft their novels?
You can write a chapter quickly if all the pieces you need are in place, thrown into a fat outline. Communication carries overhead. The same goes for outsourcing bits and pieces to other people. Do the math. If you need to write 12 chapters in 12 weeks, determine the tasks and time necessary to write a chapter a week, and stick to it. If you can, write Chapter 1, then Chapter 2, and so on in sequence. Make a note and move on. Make a note and keep going forward. Keep them at bay.
Reviewers are fine, but they can destroy your flow. Random reviewers parachuting in to take shots at you work will. For example, sit down first thing, review research, write for two hours, take break, write for four more hours, review emails and comments on previous drafts, rewrite work from previous drafts, stop. Your process may be different. But you need a routine to free you from the decision of how to spend your writing days, preferably one that minimizes distractions. Your job is to write.
If you can get others to help with non-writing tasks, that can speed things up. For example, you may hire or tap others to track down Web references, follow up with interviewees, or copy edit for grammatical errors. Somebody whose job is to question the table of contents or the theme halfway through is not a helper, nor is a boss who requests status reports at random intervals.
Create micro-deadlines — today I will write the case study for Chapter 3; this week I will complete the draft of all of Chapter 3. This writing technique will create a good book quickly provided you can settle important prerequisites, like the theme and the table of contents, ahead of time. It also depends on your ability to set up the research ahead of time and minimize meddling reviewers. And of course, it depends on your being a fast writer to begin with.
Some books take many months or even years to assemble. But if you have to write a book quickly, these tips will help you keep the quality high and the stress manageable. Email Address. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Which means you can write between and words in nine minutes. Which further means you can write 3, to 6, words a week.
Heck you could write and revise a novel in just those nine minutes a day—or even write two novels. But what if you only manage 25 to 50 words? Do the math again: Even then, you can still write one book in the next 12 months by writing nine minutes a day. The trick to it is twofold:. Try for five. Try for one . Therefore, the more groundwork you can lay in support of your efforts, the better your chances of pulling it off.
Here are some guidelines that will help you get into the habit of making those minutes count:. Plenty of writers dream of having all the time they want to write. This article originally appeared in the January issue of Writer's Digest magazine.
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A sure way to get thrown out of the zone is to stop mid-sentence to find the capital of that country you want to reference, and then get sucked down a Wikipedia rabbit hole. This takes 10 seconds to write, and you can stay in your flow and move on to the next sentence. If you had Googled each of those facts, the sentence would have taken you 60 seconds and taken you out of your flow. The Golden Gate Bridge was opened in and was the longest bridge with a main span of 4, feet.
I was like someone from the early 20th century, using two fingers to pound out my content. My typing speed was barely above 30 words per minute. Yet, writing was important to me, like it is for you, so I worked at it. Even now, for ten minutes a day I play online typing games to test my writing speed and provide feedback on how efficient I am a typist.
Check out 10FastFingers or Key Hero. Standing gives you higher energy levels and better blood flow. It also boosts productivity and makes us more efficient when typing. One of the greatest parts about the advancement in technology is the fact that there are now options to use talk-to-text to even write a book, and not just compose a text message.
This way, those of you who can speak faster than you type and are audible people in general usually you extroverts! A writing sprint is when you set a certain amount of time on the clock 15 minutes for the first, then 25, then 10 minutes and you write as fast as you can for that amount of time.
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Writing is also closely related to thinking. Being a faster and clearer writer will make you a faster and clearer thinker. Follow the above tips on your next great article idea or book chapter and see how many words you can get out in a timed writing session. Disclosure: Some of the links above may contain affiliate partnerships, meaning, at no additional cost to you, Self-Publishing School may earn a comission if you click through to make a purchase.
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We can always improve! Totally agree with you there! Keep it up! There is a much better solution than practicing typing. Get Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice dictation software. It is important that an operator can see the keys as they are used rather than having to look at a small indicator light on the side.
A good way to improve the visibility of the keys on a keyboard is to purchase a backlit keyboard. You may use these HTML tags and attributes:. FREE Training. Book Outline Template. Author Help Center. Skip to content. Pin However, when you sit down to write, something odd happens. These are our strategies for how to write faster: Write every day Use an outline to write faster Avoid editing as you go Research later Practice your typing speed Sit up properly to write faster Use talk-to-text Do writing sprints Get accountability buddies Challenge yourself.
How to Write Faster Action Step: 1 — When you begin writing a piece, throw perfection out of the window and aim for a rough draft. Position your elbows at right angles to the keyboard — avoid bending your arms upwards or downwards. Properly position your fingers on the keyboard. You can even buy a standing desk to help your posture. Children's Book , Writing.
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Here are some guidelines that will help you get into the habit of making those minutes count:. Plenty of writers dream of having all the time they want to write. This article originally appeared in the January issue of Writer's Digest magazine. Subscribe today to get advice like this all year long.
It will shock you how much it never happened. Then, the bulk of these next few weeks will be spent writing your novel scene by scene by scene. Learn more and register. Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the skinny, a form created by Truth Thomas. A book review is more than sharing an opinion—it's a conversation between readers. Sam Risak shares the benefits of writing books reviews, as well as best practices for getting started. Every good story needs a nice or not so nice turn or two to keep it interesting.
This week, have a character give in to something or someone. What gets a reader to keep turning pages? Author Amanda Kabak seeks to answer that question here. Enjoy this installment from Barbara Neal Varma. Debut author Christina Wyman discusses how getting out of her own way led to her authorial success. Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog.
This week, write a missing poem. You have an idea for a nonfiction book. Now what? Author Rick Lauber shares how outlining before writing can help you decide what to put on the page—and what to save for later. Every writer needs a little inspiration once and a while. For today's prompt, your character finds something unusual. Write Better Fiction. Short Story. Writing Techniques. Write Better Nonfiction. Personal Writing. Historical Books. Travel Books. Business Books. Humor in Nonfiction.
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