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Write Fast: 21 Powerful Ways to Cut Your Writing Time in Half by [Hufford, Bryan]
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 38 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Frickin' Invaluable! 17 Oct. 2016
By JustMyOpinion - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm sixty-seven and was first published at fourteen. Things have changed, and this book is packed with (mostly free) online apps and other goodies to make things easier. (The book is worth reading for the links alone.)

Bryan knows his stuff. Has done his homework. Knows how to make it easier to work faster without losing quality.

I've been struggling with medical issues and my writing has slowed down. I have five major deadlines before March 1, 2017 (four months off). I do carry a dayplanner and probably always will because I can flip through it quickly and know exactly how to use it. I take shorthand about as fast as Dragon can type it in for me. My typing speed is fast -- about 120 wpm. And sometimes, as with my last project, I can work straight through three days with minimal breaks.

But Bryan put me onto one great app that now has me doing "marathon" writing with actual breaks in between (a luxury I never allowed myself before -- Big Mistake). When you use it, you'll find, too, that you'll produce better material in less time. Staying up all night won't do it. Bryan's app recommendation will.

Just get this book! It's priceless and packed with great information. If you're just starting out or are an old broad like me, you'll learn what Bryan knows. And it's terrific!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful Advice for Writers 25 Mar. 2014
By S. Magliocco - Published on Amazon.com
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This short book contains some excellent tips to make you a more productive writer, such as writing for short bursts of time, "chunking" your writing, separating writing from editing, and using voice-activated software as an aid. While it's aimed at people writing for a popular market, the advice can be useful to anyone who writes, including academic writers and students working on papers and theses. It's written in a breathless style I found annoying, though, and it gets more points off for poor editing: it's hard for me to respect a writer who confuses "they're" with "their" and "there," for example. Some of the advice the author proffers is just common sense: you don't need to read this book to realize you need to eat well, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly in order to be more productive in every area of your life. I also doubt that following all these tips can cut your writing time in half. However, I did adopt some techniques from it, so overall, I found it useful.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent information! 17 Aug. 2013
By Erica Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has a lot of excellent suggestions to help cut down on writing time. Some of the tools he mentions, such as Evernote and Rescuetime, I've used before - in particular, I use Evernote to jot down ideas and/or outlines for blog posts and articles, as well as to clip articles that could be good sources of information. He does offer some other suggestions that I'm looking forward to trying out, however, such as repurposing some of the articles I've already written.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Five Whole Years of Experience Led Him to The Glaringly Obvious 22 July 2014
By M. Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
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Okay. When I pick up a book by a guy who is sharing his "wealth of experience" that was created because of his own agonies, soul-searchings, and lean and hungry times, I'm expecting to find a little more than -- gasp -- five WHOLE YEARS of experience. But that aside, I was game to give the book a chance anyway, and just smile here and there when he talked about all he "went through" to be able to come to such a great place.

The major problem I have with the book is that half of it's stuff any writer, with five years or thirty years, of experience already knows--and I do mean, already knows, as in "it's glaringly obvious." And the second major problem is the professionalism, or lack thereof. You don't start off writing like a college professor and then start throwing in vulgar slang terms. If you're going to write ghetto--or whatever the term is--do it from the start.

I'm not sorry I read it, but I won't read it again. And I'm glad it was on sale, because had I paid full price, I'd have felt even more disgruntled.
2.0 out of 5 stars Talk faster. 6 Aug. 2014
By Robert Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
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Bryan Hufford, Write Fast: 21 Powerful Ways to Cut Your Writing Time in Half (No publisher listed, 2013)

points off: no publisher listed either on the Amazon page or in the book itself.

Now I will certainly be the first person to admit that where my perception of this book falls, YMMV. Take this which as much salt as necessary, given that. Much of Hufford's advice here revolves around the idea that instead of writing your stuff out, you should dictate it into your phone (or whatever) and then transcribe it later. For people who find it equally easy to communicate in speech and writing, this is most likely a fabulous idea that will work well for them. (Hey, middle management in the fifties had secretaries for reasons other than looking great packed into an argyle sweater.) That's not everyone, however, and if it's not you, you probably won't get as much utility out of this as you would if it were. I find it far easier to communicate in writing than in speech, and generally type faster than I am capable of talking (at least, when I want to speak coherently); it's one of the main reasons I write. I'm trying to look for a silver lining and thinking that maybe trying Hufford's ideas here will help my ability to speak (or lack of same) catch up with my ability to write (or lack etc.). From that perspective, maybe for people who struggle to get their words down on paper, there may also be value here; dictate, transcribe, and pick it up (after all, practice does make perfect). Those would, however, be presumably unintended positive side effects; looked at from what I assume is the book's intention given its title, it's a vertical-market work in a vertical-market niche, which makes its utility somewhat limited, but if you fall into the crowd who can use it, go for it. **
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