Sometimes you see posts about people writing 10k a day, and you probably think to yourself, “What?! HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?!” Well, to be honest, for most people it isn’t. I know I probably could write 10k a day, but I don’t.
I write around 2k if I’m writing stories, and that takes me around an hour or possibly two. Even that might seem a lot to some of you, and I know that because I’ve been told that I write exceedingly fast (somehow, considering how often I procrastinate… actually, that’s probably why I manage to write so fast…). So, I have resolved to put some of my tips into this here post to try and help you all out! J Also, if you can write very fast, then why not let me know your tips in the comment section below? Other people might find them helpful too! 😀
This week, I’m focussing on the preparation pre-writing so you can find out what works for you before the week after, when we look at the actual writing bit! (So stay tuned.)
Tip number #1: have at least a small bit of planning.
This doesn’t have to be pages of plans (that’s a lot of planning actually). It could just be a bubble map or even a post-it note with some hasty words scribbled down. Even if you don’t have it on paper, and it’s just a bit in your head! (Make sure you remember it really, really well, though…) Just make sure you have something, because when you’re mid-flow of typing and you suddenly don’t know what to write, it sucks something sucky. So plan!
Tip number #2: get rid of any distractions/gain any distractions you need.
The latter part of that might seem a little weird but, for example, I cannot write quickly (story-wise, I mean I have to get exam essays in there somewhere) with people around me. So I have to remove myself from society (oh, what a shame…) for an hour or five and sit with me characters. I often have to have the door shut. And to the distractions I need, I often write better with music (even right now I’m listening to music!), but I can’t stand to listen to the radio or anything like that. Experiment with what works for you.
Tip number #3: make yourself comfortable.
I have RSI in my wrists, a crick in my neck and a sore back, so often I fidget a fair bit, which can drive me a bit mad sometimes, but I sit on a fairly comfortable chair with my back straight. Because I can touch type, I can rest my head back or stare straight ahead – I don’t have to look at the keyboard, or even the computer screen! (It’s a great skill, I highly recommend trying to acquire it.) But if I couldn’t, I’d probably get a laptop stand so I wasn’t looking down all of the time, and an extra keyboard with proper supports. I also often wear gloves because I get cold hands! (I even named a book after how cold my hands get. Yes, really.)
Well that was part 1. Over the next week, look at what works and what doesn’t work for you. You might already know all this, but it might be worth experimenting anyway (perhaps you’re even writing with the wrong style of music or something as menial as that which might set you back an extra 500 words every hour!). Keep an eye out for next week’s post on the actual writing, and stay cool, folks!