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2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love by [Aaron, Rachel]
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  • Language: English
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This brief (novella length) e-Book has to be the most useful "how to write" book I have read in a long time. Written by fantasy author Rachel Aaron, it is clear, straightforward and pretty easy to follow as a writing method. Having struggled to wrangle the first draft of my first novel into shape all I can say is I wish I had read it before I started writing... but I'm glad I have now read it before commencing another novel!

The author shows how she went from writing 2k to 10k words a day while producing a five volume fantasy epic. Part 1 focuses on the triangle of knowledge, time and enthusiasm. While the word-count levels Rachel achieves sounded high to me initially the book reveals the amount of preparation, planning and working out that goes in beforehand - knowledge of what one will write. These are word counts while actually writing the novel rather than something achieved every day. That is not to diminish what she achieves but to highlight that her method is to be well-prepared by working out plot outline, character sketches, time-line and setting before starting to write. This approach avoids meandering off and ensures focus while writing. Good time management supports this, as does enthusiasm - if the writer is not enjoying what they are writing why are they doing it? What is the likelihood their readers will enjoy the final product?

Part 2 is longer and gives a chapter by chapter focus on the topics of plot, characters who write their own story, structure, making each scene count and, finally, editing. Each chapter gave me ideas on how better to approach my next writing project. How to edit more effectively also gives me hope for also being able to salvage my first novel!

Rachel Aaron's method is very structured throughout so may not appeal to all writers.
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The book is well written, easy to understand, and has great advice. I would recommend it for anyone. However, there are two types of writers: (A) a writer who likes to plot and plan before writing (like J.K Rowling) and a writer who likes to sit down and just write about the idea they have in their head and not plot (like Stephen King). This book is more aimed toward writers (A). Still, this book is definitely worth reading if you want to up your writing game.
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This is a short, inexpensive, book which describes how the author increased her daily word-count as an author. It's not so much about the nitty-gritty of the detail of writing as about how to organise that effort, and it is a description thar resonates with my own experience. And maybe the biggest lesson is to channel your enthusiasm.

The famous NaNoWriMo challenge, every November, is to write 50,000 words in a month. That's less than 2,000 words in a day If you applied the ideas of this book to NaNoWriMo, you would spend a few days getting nowhere, though I suppose you could count the outline, character details, and such towards the total. But just doubling your writing rate gives you a lot of spare days. Last November, there were days when I beat 6000 words. They were the days when I was writing pretty much as Rachel Aaron describes. I knew what I was writing, and I was enthusiastic about the text.

No two writers are the same. I'm still not wholly sure this will work for me, and I can have no clue whether it will work for you. But it feels a good starting point. And, for me, this is the sort of stuff my schoolteachers never mentioned. (One of my mother's schoolteachers did know this stuff.)

It also cost me less than the cup of coffee I was drinking while i read it. I reckon that's a pretty good deal.
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I started reading this book last night and just finished now. It was really helpful. I do a lot of the things that Rachel talked about with regards to plotting my novels before writing them and I consider myself a fast writer but I didn't know that this was the reason. Funnily, I bought this book because I wanted to write faster but it was actually the section on editing that helped me the most. I am currently stuck on one of my books. It's finished but there is a lot wrong with it but I just haven't been able to motivate myself to fix it. With what I have learned from 2k to 10k I feel a lot more optimistic and will give it another go. 2k to 10k is a gem, a very useful resource for any writer. The tips are really good, and it's a quick, easy read. I'm sure I will refer to it again.
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I'm delighted that I downloaded this book, within hours of reading the opening chapter my own output increased. Beautifully formatted, conversational prose, which is accessible, informative and above all, effective, yet, to use the author's expression, is `an amazing creative landslide'. Containing a shout out for Scrivener, which I bought, installed, but have not used, I shall certainly be doing so on Rachel Aaron's suggestion. If you are in need of a productive push, buy this book. Recommended.
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I'd heard about this book quite a long time before I got round to reading it, mostly hearing people being disparaging that one might be expected to churn out a certain number of words like a machine, and so my expectations weren't high. But then as my first ever attempt at NaNoWriMo approached, I thought I'd have a quick read, and was really pleasantly surprised to find it much better than I expected. She writes intelligently and persuasively about how to increase one's wordcount via effective planning, as well as on many other aspects of writing, Lots of gems to take away and remember here, including plenty of reassurance for writers who are struggling in any way. One of the most memorable aspects of it for me was her focus on the importance of writing what you are passionate about - and her observation that if you're really struggling with a piece, maybe it's just that you don't like it, and would therefore be better to ditch it for the sake of something else that you really do want to write. Great stuff. Really glad that I read it, and I suspect I'll return to it often.
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