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Now then. Starting the clock.
I love Rachel Aaron’s little book about writing entitled “2k to 10k” because it offers concise guidance on both craft and productivity. Most importantly for me, though, the book describes how intertwined writing speed is with excitement.
I don’t outline my books like Aaron suggests in 2k to 10k. No, I can’t get a book off the ground with that much baggage on board.
She recommends planning, but only as a personal tactic.
I double down on enthusiasm (Which she is one of the other two key points of her metric) in place of planning. I think through what’s going to happen, turning things over and over when I’m not writing. Once upon a time, I did this compulsively.
As a teenage writer I escaped through language and character. I’d probably have been mad if someone pointed that out to me at the time. That’s hindsight.
But 10,000 words?
That’s around 35 pages, depending on you count them.
That takes 4-5 hours for me to type. Not a boast. Others can go far faster, but that’s not the important part.
10,000 words is a goal I’ve often shot for, given the few times I’ve hit it in the past.
Well, today I’m trying that again. I’m up early (WAY too early, actually), and so I’m taking a moment to write this blog post.
Seven moments, I guess.
Time for this post is running low.
I finished one rough draft yesterday. It took 7 years since I started. Most of that time, the book sat on the back burner.
Since I came back to it, late last month, I added only about 12,000 words to complete the draft.
That’s not much more than 10,000 in the grand scope.
What can you do with a 10,000 words? It might surprise you. I can’t put my finger on a way to express any exact, but quite a bit.
I’m looking forward to my next set.
Thanks for reading.