As a writer I’m always interested in ways to write more words. Here are some methods/ways I’ve seen and used.
- Be excited about your story. If you are excited about what you are writing then your enthusiasm will spill over into new words. More words.
- Write what is fun. Not everyone has the same sense of humour, but chances are you’ll tickle someone’s funny bone with your writing. Similar to point one, if you are enjoying what you are writing then you’ll be more likely to write faster, and also write for longer periods.
- Make your writing a priority. Yes, I realize that everyone has different things going on in their lives and we all lead busy schedules–but if it’s important you then you’ll find time to write. It might only be half an hour before you go to work, an hour in the evenings instead of watching TV, in the bleachers as you watch dear daughter practice ballet, or sitting in the car as the dear son plays football, or only on Saturday afternoons. But, if writing is a priority, then there will be time to write.
- When you sit down to write–then do just that. WRITE. No facebook, no Pintrest, no internet surfing, no ‘oh, I’ll just check my email before I write anything’. It’s a TRAP that sucks your time away and leaves you with nothing valuable.
- Take breaks. Write in 15 min chunks or hour chunks of time, then stand up, make a cuppa or grab a handful of snacks (healthy ones, of course) and get back to writing! This gives more oxygen to your brain, helps ground you to the real world, and reminds any pets/family members that you haven’t disappeared forever.
- Have someone to be accountable to. Two methods I use to be accountable are: #1K1HR on facebook and Novel Track on ACFW. #1K1HR is where you decided to sit down and write for an hour. Go on fb to the #1K1HR page, state your intentions to do an hour sprint and at what time. Then close that browser and write, write, write. Log back in at the end of an hour and report how many words you got. Other people chime in and it’s that friendly competition and encouragement that help rack up the words. With Novel Track, you set yourself a goal of how many words in the month you’ll write and report in at least twice a week to their email loop. I wrote 33,500 words last month with Novel Track, so it really does work! Other methods could be to have a writing partner and keep each other accountable with word/page counts.
- Write something every day. Even if it’s just one sentence, one paragraph or one page. But write something.
8. Don’t wait for inspiration to strike–that is rare, and a rather hit-and-miss method of writing. Just plonk yourself in your chair and write, inspiration will come to you as you form sentences and walk your characters through their scenes.
9. Don’t get hung up on minute details of description or even historical accuracy. (gasp!) Fix that in the second draft or in revisions. Stick a note on the sentence to remind yourself to fix that and keep writing. That detail isn’t going anywhere and will be there for you when you’ve told the story.
10. Pray. Ask God to bless your work. Ask for inspiration, and ask for words. God is good with stories, after all, he wrote yours, and he spoke creation into existence. Best of all–nothing is too hard for him.
Putting these methods into practice will help you write more words. Used consistently I’m sure you’ll see those word counts rise up, up, up!
I hope this has helped. Please feel free to chime in with any tips/ways that you’ve found that help you write more words.