Writing Advice: Resources to Be More Productive

I thought I would start a series called writing advice which would be a compilation of different writing advice I have found over the course of my life. This part will be about being more productive while you write and resources for this. This will be based on tips from a talk by Cindy Meyers.

Resources:

  • Read and implement the techniques from 2K to 10K by Rachel Aaron
    • Treat it as training for a marathon. Don’t run the marathon the first day. Work yourself up to your upper limit. If you normally write 1,000 words a day, try writing 1,500 a day until it feels comfortable. Keep adding 500 words a day until it gets to a point where you can’t write the word count comfortably. That is your upper limit. It will be different from everyone else’s. Don’t compare it to others’ word count.
  • http://book-in-a-week.com/ For accountability groups for word counts and other such goals
  • https://nanowrimo.org/ and https://campnanowrimo.org/ to figure out what you are capable of
  • https://francescocirillo.com/pages/pomodoro-technique for a timer for productivity. You work for 20 minutes then take a five-minute break.
  • https://writeordie.com/ for a paid program that if you haven’t written anything in a certain amount of time, then something will let you know. The page can turn red, or in Kamikaze mode, it starts erasing the things you’ve already written.
  • https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener/overview for Scrivener software that is good for organizing and has a bunch of different features for writers.
  • Dictation software like Dragon Naturally Speaking or the stuff built into your computer can increase your productivity. It may feel weird at first.
  • Take some writing retreats. It can be done at a friend’s house for a weekend or a paid trip.
  • Have an accountability partner, but don’t compare yourself to them and their productivity. Writing is not a competitive sport.
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