On my best day, I've never written that much. But I was intrigured by the concept, so I read how she did it. Here's her post.
Basically, she discovered that she needed three things to be able to go from writing 2,000 words a day to 10k. Here they are:
1) Knowledge: know what you're writing before you write it.
2) Time: track productivity and evaluate. Find the time that works best for you.
3) Enthusiasm: get excited about what you're writing
After I read it, I thought maybe I should give it a shot. After all, who doesn't want to write more, quality words? Her theory made sense to me. If you are excited about what you write, know what is going to come next (no staring at the blank page wondering) and have blocked out the time to do it, why wouldn't it work?
So this weekend, I blocked out some time, took a few notes on the next scene I was going to write, and got to work.
Here's what I discovered.
This may be a method that will work for you, and if it does, that is wonderful. Heck, I wish it worked for me. But it doesn't.
Why? Because I like the thrill of discovery while I'm writing. I don't like to block everything out that I write beforehand because it takes that discovery process away from me. I've had some of my best ideas while in the midst of writing that just pop up. They weren't planned. The writing process revealed them.
That probably means I will never get up to 10,000 words a day and that's just fine. I am in awe of those who can. But that is their process and it works for them.
My process is slower. This doesn't mean it is better. It is just the way I write.
Like our writing itself, the writing process is subjective and unique to each individual. Bottom line: we have to do what works for us.
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