From someone who struggled to write just 500 words per day a few months ago I have surpassed my expectations and over the holiday season wrote 20,000 words in 8 days. How did I do that? I explain my ‘not so secret’ below in 5 easy steps.
- Focus– you need to know what you are writing before you start to write. I had spent two weeks previously drafting an outline of my non-fiction book. I did research and collated ideas in my notebook. I would steal a few minutes here and there and think about this book concept and ideas percolated in the background. When it came to writing, I knew what I wanted to write. A little like when you get in the car and know where you want to drive to as opposed to driving around aimlessly and hoping I will somehow arrive at my destination. Set a direction and focus will follow.
- The Power of Deadlines– yes a deadline! I gave myself specifically 8 days in which i tried to write as much as I possibly could’. Knowing I had a very limited time frame pushed me to get the words on paper. So I spent the majority of my holidays writing knowing that i would not likely get a solid 8 days of downtime again to write so I wanted to make the most of it.
- BIC Technique– this was the magic potion aka ‘Butt In Chair’. I simply stayed glued to my chair for 45 minutes at a time and just wrote (with a 15 minute break in between before I started the next writing session). There were some writing sessions where I hit 2000 words, others, just 438 words. Ouch that hurt and sometimes annoyed me but hey, it’s ok. As long as you are writing, creating and producing I learnt not to give myself such a hard time when the words didn’t come.
- Break It Down Writing 20,000 words over 8 days is only 2,500 words on a daily basis which is manageable. However I had a few days where I produced considerably fewer words, and other days where I wrote 5,000 words. So break it down into manageable chunks.
- Managing Energy Flow There were some days where i simply didn’t want to write as quite frankly I was pretty sick of looking at my manuscript and needed a break. So when you need a break TAKE IT and don’t feel guilty. Take a step away from the words, re-energize yourself and I can guarantee you that you will return back to your work more excited and rearing to go (and get that book finished!)
Next steps for me:
- I am aiming to complete 50,000 words in total for this book project. More details to come as I finalize it!
- I have a set a deadline (ah yes that important little thing!) to complete the first draft by end Jan (am posting it here so that you lovely people can keep me accountable)
- Once the first draft is done I will enter the editing phase in Feb
- I am targeting the book to complete by March
- And official launch by April!
Have you started a book project this year or are you completing a current book? Why not set a public deadline so that you can keep yourself accountable? Make 2016 the year you publish that book!