Writers write. But how they write doesn’t have to be the same in every writer. There are different ways of getting your word count in. Some dictate it. Some write it on paper first. And other writers use a program like Scrivener.
The only way to write a book is to write.
But if time management is your problem, you may have to change it up a bit because there are different ways to manage that time, just like there are various ways to do everything.
Do the math first. What is the goal word count of your novel or book? When do you want this book completed? Now be realistic and give yourself time to write it. Then take the word count and divided by that many days.
Now that you have that number let’s take a look at different ways to accomplish your words count goal.
Dictation And Word Count
You may have already heard of the dictation app Dragon. I’m sure there are several different ones out there, but this is the only one I have tried. It will get your words on paper faster, but you have to work with the app first.
I found that it held me back a bit because I didn’t speak clearly.
There is a monthly fee for it that won’t break the bank. But you have to have time to train your Dragon as the books say. If you hate typing and find that you’d rather speak your novel to paper, you might want to try it.
I think it will cause a lot more editing in the future. But if you can type your book out and then read it to the Dragon, I could see how that could help speed up the editor process.
Write Every Day For A Set Amount Of Time
I think this is what most writers do. They have a set amount of time that they can write, so they plan to get their word count on paper or in a document as fast as possible. This will exercise your writing muscles and probably help you write more quickly each time you do it.
The main problem I see with this is the time you sit wondering what to write. Your story should be well thought out before you sit down to write. Your time will be more efficient this way.
There is nothing worse than staring at your computer, wondering what to write, and feel the time ticking away. One way to help you is to edit the last two or three pages where you left off to get you back into the story.
Another way is to leave your story at midsentence to pick up your train of thought again.
What you don’t want to do is edit what you wrote the day before and spinning your wheels on where to go with the story.
Set Amount Of Words Every Day
Another great way to get words to paper is to use the word count strategy. Decide how many words you are going to write, either every day or five days a week. This way, you have made a deal with yourself that you will get that many words out every time.
A good word count would be 5000 or 7000 words a day. That is about a scene.
However, I still think it’s good to leave yourself hanging to pick up where you left off the day before.
And don’t edit the previous words you wrote the day before so that you are circling the drain and not getting anywhere.
Weekend Writer’s Produce Their Word Count
A weekend writer is a writer that only writes on the weekend. You have a draining job, and there is no way you can accomplish anything but mush on weekdays. It may cause it to take longer to get your book ready for the editor. But the flip side is you can decide where you left off and imagine the scene in detail all week.
Use the weekdays to take notes and hone in on your story. By the time you sit down to write, you have the scene so envisioned in your brain that writing comes fast and easy.
I think this is the only way to go if you only write once a week to keep yourself in the story.
However, you decide to get those words on paper, make sure that you dedicated time and follow through. Use the B minus train of thought. You don’t have to have it perfect. The first time around, it is better to get the story out.
Having a well thought out story or book will also help make it easier to get the words out. I know some writers don’t want to plan it all out. They write better that way. But I also know that they have a general idea of where their story is going to go.
Start with a full-on outline or a loose outline. Get your characters formed on paper or in your mind. Know what drives them. They drive the story. And stay true to your characters. Then however you sit down to write this story; it’ll come to a lot easier to you.
Having a plan of action makes writing a lot easier. It may feel like it’s stifling you, but being an author is a career. You must treat it as one by being responsible for getting the story out on paper. It can’t be published if it sits in your head.
What kind of writer are you? Do you have a planned set of words to write? Or is a time frame that you sit and write?
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