How I Became A FASTER WRITER (10 Tried And True Habits That Will Help You STEP UP Your Writing Game!)


I've always been a slow writer. I've always looked up to other writers who can crank out 20,000 words in a day and been amazed (and a little jealous) of their ability to write so fast. Many times, I've tried to write a crazy amount of words in one day – and many times, I have failed. And then I feel discouraged and inadequateIs it simply impossible to be a faster writer? 


The answer is: NO. It's totally possible to become a faster writer, and it's amazing what a few tiny changes can do for your creative output. There is nothing wrong with being a slow writer. But in the face of trials and tribulations*, it can be helpful to know that you have what it takes to write LOTS OF WORDS in a short amount of time.  

I still wouldn't consider myself a fast writer, but I'm definitely faster than I once was, even a few months ago. I've seen huge positive changes in my writing abilities since I started actively applying these changes to my process... and today I'm going to spill the secrets that will hopefully help you start writing faster, better, and more efficiently. Let's go! 

*NaNoWriMo 
#1: SET A TIMER 

You may have heard of a thing called "writing sprints." You may have even TRIED them. YOU MAY EVEN LIKE THEM. If you had asked me about writing sprints one year ago, I probably would have grunted indignantly in reply. Because I tried writing sprints once and LET'S JUST SAY I DIDN'T LIKE THEM.* But last month, when I was rewriting a novel, I gave writing sprints another goI opened up my interval timer app and set the clock to 25 minutes on and 5 minutes off. IT WAS A SUCCESS. 


When you have no timer counting down beside you, it's easy to drift off. It's easy to stare out the window, glance at Pinterest, find a chocolate chip cookie recipe, wander away from your laptop and into the kitchen and START BAKING COOKIES, FOR GOODNESS SAKEBasically, it's easy to get distracted when you have no ticking clock

That's why writing sprints really help me. start the timer and focus on my manuscript. For the next 25 minutes I just WRITE FULL SPEED AHEAD and I don't look away from the screen. I say encouraging things to myself, like "Twenty-five minutes is nothing! You can do anything for twenty-five minutes!!" And pretty soon the buzzer rings, and my 5-minute break begins. THAT'S NOT A PINTEREST BREAK, EITHER, my friend. That's a get off your butt and move around break. I walk away from my laptop, do some jumping jacks or stretches or practice kicks and punches,** then my timer rings again, indicating another 25-minute writing sprint and I SPRINT BACK TO MY LAPTOP AND KEEP WRITING.  

I'm amazed by how well this method works for me and I highly recommend it. Sprinting isn't about competition or being hard on yourself – it's just about mental focus. When you are truly focused on your work, you'll be astounded by how easily you can breeze through it. BUT HOW DO YOU GET FOCUSED IN THE FIRST PLACE? Let's read on... 

*I'm a super non-competitive person and doing sprints with other writers always feels too stressful to me. But I know that it's not supposed to be a competition and I just have a hard time doing things with anyone other than myself lolololol *everyone leaves* 
**I'M INTO KARATE LOL in case you thought I just have anger issues....you're not exactly wrong?? 

#2: ELIMINATE ALL DISTRACTIONS 

TURN OFF THE WIFI. Seriously. It will help you. I promise. I know it's hard, but...writing isn't just SUNSHINE AND RAINBOWS HONEY BUNNY. It takes grit! It takes determination!! It takes one click to turn off that wifi!!! Sure, you can control yourself. But sometimes you forget to (aka: I forget to.) Opening up your internet browser and getting a NO CONNECTION error message will fish-slap you back into reality: you're getting distracted! You can make chocolate chip cookies later, okay? And when you do, you can send some to me because I probably need them more than you do. 

#3: NO RESEARCH ALLOWED 

I can't begin to tell you how many times I've been in the middle of writing and suddenly- "WAIT A MINUTE THERE'S MISSING INFORMATION HERE! I better Google this to make sure I know what I'm talking about..." 


[THREE HOURS LATER] 

[PRINTING OFF COOKIE RECIPE] 

"Wow, I'm really getting distracted." 

This has been me an embarrassing amount of times and I'M SURE I'M NOT ALONE.* The problem with research is that it's almost never quick. One Google search leads to another and pretty soon you've gone down a rabbit trail of no return. Sure, you might be learning cool stuff that you'll be able to use in the future, but IT DOESN'T HAVE TO HAPPEN RIGHT NOW. I fight the urge to look things up all the time. It's been a hard habit to keep, but instead of stopping to research, I write what I NEED to know in place of the missing information. Here's an example, from the novel I rewrote in September:  


Instead of bringing my writing to a screeching halt and Googling "temperatures in Illinois in October" I just wrote a reminder to myself to look it up later. Even the smallest bit of research can throw off your focus and YOU DON'T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN.  

*that is, I HOPE I'm not alone?? Anyone else out there??? *screams "squirrel" into the void* 


#4: DON'T FIND THE RIGHT WORD 

Do you ever struggle to find the right words?? SAME. And it doesn't just slow us down, it makes us STOP. And think. And stare at the ceiling. And groan miserably and rip our hair out and go to Thesaurus.com and BEFORE WE CAN EVEN SEARCH FOR THE WORD– clickbait attack!!!! "1920's Slang We Should Bring Back!" "What's the difference between Presume and Assume?" "12 Untranslatable Words We Should Have in the English Language!"  

And just like that, your word count goal is flushed down the cosmic toilet of DIGRESSION. How can we avoid this terrible fate? By not finding the right word. YOU HEARD ME: stop trying to find the right word! Instead, write whatever it is you're TRYING to say, even if it's written in such a way that only you can understand. After all, you're the one who is going to go back later and edit the manuscript and realize that "sharp thingy that you eat food with but you can also stab people with" is supposed to be "fork." See? When you don't spend any time ripping your hair out and you just KEEP GOING, you write a lot faster. 


#5: MAKE YOUR SCHEDULE KNOWN 

As writers, we all endure interruptions. Usually these interruptions come from family, roommates, or any other life form you happen to live with. They will interrupt you and ask you to do things for them (so annoying) and most of the time THEY HAVE NO IDEA YOU'RE WRITING. Or, even if they do know that you're writing, they have no idea how important writing is to you.  

That's why you have to make your schedule known! For the past three months I've been obnoxiously persistent about reminding my family: "I'm doing NaNoWriMo in November! This is super important to me!" I've set aside time to help my family with whatever they may need from me, but I'm also being very open about how I'm going to be spending my time.  

The point is: if you're constantly being pulled away from your writing by other people, you're not going to get much actual writing done. So kindly ask people to not disturb you. Or rudely ask them. Or threaten them at knife-point!! Whatever works, you know? 

#6: DON'T STOP TO EDIT OR READ ANYTHING 

This one is SO SO SO HARD FOR ME. Because few things in the world give me greater pleasure than READING MY OWN WRITING. When it's not driving me crazy, my writing is actually pretty awesome! And clever! And funny! I enjoy reading it. Which means, as I'm writing, I very easily get distracted by scrolling up a few pages and reading everything I've written so far (OR EVEN WORSE: reading what I wrote yesterday!) To add insult to injury, I EVEN EDIT A LITTLE BIT. As I stop to smell the proverbial flowers of my own mad genius, I start making changes until finally I realize that WHAT DO YA KNOW? I'VE STOPPED WRITING. I've moved onto editing, and I shouldn't even BE editing yet. The first draft need to be finished!!! IT'S LOCO. LET'S STOP GETTING IN OUR OWN WAY OF SUCCESS SHALL WE. 

^ ME @ MY OWN WRITING
It's a hard habit to break, but I am getting better. Now I try to only read the last few sentences I wrote in order to understand where I'm at in the scene. In fact, I sometimes tell myself that AFTER I reach my writing goal for the day, I can go back and read some of my book. Which gives me incentive to write even MORE WORDS so that I have more to read, later. INGENIOUS, RIGHT?? 

#7: DON'T THINK ABOUT WRITING FASTER 

I know this sounds kind of counterintuitive. You would think that the more your internal coach screams, "WRITE FASTER!" the more your mind obeys. But it doesn't. In fact, it activates the fight-or-flight response in your brain and causes Stress™, which leads to you seeking the nearest short-term comfort (i.e.: Netflix.) This is the reason why big, bold, and aggressive goals often burn us out and we give up on ourselves – because instead of taking things one step at a time, we psych ourselves too hard and crash fast. (This is why the Kaizen method works.) 

So instead of telling yourself: "Write faster!" Try telling yourself: "Write the next sentence. And the next one. And the next one. Don't quit." It's easy to look at your word count and panic because you're nowhere NEAR the top of the mountain. But screaming: "I have to get to the top of the mountain!!" is only going to increase your chances of slipping and falling and splattering on the rocks below. Instead, look at the next step in front of you. Focus. Don't quit.  

#8: ESTABLISH A ROUTINE, NOT A REWARDS SYSTEM 

I'VE GOT A PROBLEM WITH REWARDS SYSTEMS. Why? Because they don't work for me. They make me feel like writing is not something to be enjoyed, but merely a job to muddle through so that I can enjoy the reward that comes AFTER I reach my daily word count goal. Rewards systems might work for you, and if so – AWESOME. I am by no means telling you how to live your life!* But I find that I enjoy writing much more (and end up writing better words) when I make writing part of my reward. 

Even if you're a professional full-time writer** you don't have to treat writing like work. Instead of saying "I have to write," say "I want to write," OR EVEN BETTER: "I can't wait to write." I discovered HUGE IMPROVEMENT in my own writing when I started making writing part of my reward for accomplishing other goalsBy establishing a routine (such as going for a quick walk, making a cup of tea, sitting down in a quiet place, and starting your timer) writing becomes more of an enjoyable event, rather than another task to complete. AND IF FOOD IS INVOLVED IT IS A MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE EVENT.


So instead of treating the writing process like work, try to treat it like FREAKING NETFLIX. If you enjoy the process of writing and you're not just waiting for it to end, you're more likely to write better words in less time.  

*even though that's LITERALLY ALL I DO AROUND HERE lol no shame 
**CAN I BE YOU???? PLEASE???!!! 


#9: DON'T PUSH YOURSELF 

Sounds counterintuitive again, doesn't it? But here's the thing: when you push yourself to your limits and drain your creativity, you need to rest. Just like working your muscles, creative work is HARD WORK. Everyone has different limits – you have to listen to your gut. As an overachiever, this struggle is familiar: do more, do more, do more! It's like the Murphey's Law of pack mules like me – anything that CAN be added to my to-do list, WILL be added to my to-do listBut that's actually harmful to your creativity. Just like with physical exercise, if you push too hard YOU'LL HURT YOURSELF.  


Here's a piece of advice I stole from my sagacious sister Katestop writing before you get tired of writing. She uses this method all the time when writing and says that it works really well – because if you write until you're at a place of frustration and confusion, THEN you quit for the day...you might return tomorrow and still find yourself stuck in the same place. If you stop writing BEFORE you get frustrated and drained, you'll return to your book EXCITED to write the next scene. Why? Because you didn't let yourself write it yesterday. See all this creepy psychology happening here?? IT'S LIKE WE'RE FAKING OUT OUR OWN BRAINS MUAHAHAHA.  

#10: ACCEPT WHO YOU ARE 

Every single writer is a different story.* Every writer has different limits. Don't look at another writer's word count and think, "I'm such a slow writer compared to them..." You're not a slow writer. You're a different writer. They have strengths and weaknesses – and so do you. The solution is self-acceptance. (WHICH I'M STILL WORKING ON, BTW. NOBODY IS PERFECT.) 

This post has covered all the stumbling blocks that are probably keeping you from reaching your full potential in writing – but once you reach your potential, you have to accept whatever it is. I am a faster writer than I used to be, because I've put these habits into action; but I'm still not the fastest writer I know. AND I NEVER WILL BE. Because that's just who I am. Not a very encouraging note to end on, but it has to be said: shoot for your best, but accept what your best ends up being. Someone else's best is not your best. Why? BECAUSE YOU'RE DIFFERENT. Always look at your strengths, not your weaknesses.  

*HAHA SEE WHAT I DID THERE SEE WHAT I DID THERE 



TALK, BRO 

Add to this list! What are some habits that help you to focus and write faster? Are you a slow-ish writer like me? Do you wish you could write faster? OR ARE YOU THE ENVY OF US ALL – the Fast Writer™? How is NaNoWriMo going for you?? Let's talk about writing!! 

rock on,
abbiee


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  1. Amen! All of these tips are SO helpful. I'm not good at sprinting with myself, but sprinting with others really does the trick! I also started listening to music, which has helped me just WRITE and not go back and edit. Thanks for this!

    Btw, do you mind me asking what font you use for your featured images? Just that straight font. I use Raleway but it's a little too thin for my taste. Thanks! :)

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    1. EEEP THANK YOU CHARIS RAE <3 so happy you like this post! SAME HERE music really helps me to just keep writing and not get distracted with reading anything....I never noticed that until you said it! haha :D oh and the font I use is called Montserrat. ;)

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    2. Right! I totally agree. :D And thank you so much! I totally understand keeping fonts a secret, LOL, so I appreciate you sharing it. :)

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  2. I love this! I'm a slow writer and I'm trying to get faster, so this is super helpful, thank you!

    Like Charis, I also listen to music while writing because it keeps me from getting distracted by the outside world.

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    1. MUSIC IS SUPER HELPFUL <3 aw, I'm so glad you were inspired by this post! thank you for reading, Gray! :)

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  3. I AM A SUPER SLOW WRITER. Like REALLY REALLY slow. I didn't do Nano this year, but I made a goal to write 10K this month and so far I've only got 4K. I look at all my blogger friends and most of y'all are already finished your 50K and I'm just like
    *blink blink*
    But I'm going to start using these tips that you shared and hopefully I'll become a faster writer. THANK YOU SO MUCH, ABBIEE!!!! *hugs*

    - Maddy | littlebitofsunshineweb.blogspot.com

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    1. WELL EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN PACE <3333 I'm definitely not a "fast" writer by any means... *nervous laughter* but these habits have definitely helped me to write more words in less time!! I'M SO HAPPY YOU LIKE THIS POST, THANK YOU MADDY *hugs*

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  4. I think I've got a steady pace for writing. And why I think that is that whenever I'm super excited about a scene and I've got it mapped out in my head, I'll write like a maniac and you won't be able to tell one click of a key to another click of a key. xDDD This was super cool though, and some of these points I REALLYYYY related with. (Like getting distracted lol.)
    Just a quick side note...do you think you could do a post about getting into the novel that has been aching at you for forever???? Like, I've scrapped five pots after writing them for sixteen chapters and then realizing 'This is basically like THIS book', or 'This isn't my passion!' and then I have to find a whole new plot to write because I'm so blasted desperate to write!!! I have kept all of the same characters, and have allowed them to evolve with me because I just love them so much and they are like family. (A weird writing quirk that we author's have xP) So any advice?? It's like I know exactly what type of book I want, I just CAN'T. START IT. FOR. THE LIFE. OF ME.

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    1. YAAAAS I LOVE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS, AMELIA. IT'S LIKE...THE WORDS CAN'T COME OUT OF YOUR FINGERS FAST ENOUGH. <333 that is awesome that you have such a steady writing pace!! PROPS TO YOU. *and waffles* DUDE I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT. There's actually one plot bunny I've had for a long time...haha...and I keep turning it over in my mind and I HAVE A WHOLE SETTING FOR IT and characters and everything but I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE PLOT IS???? I've scrapped a whole bunch of ideas but I can't seem to find The One™ *nervous laughter* Like...I can sense that a plot is going to come to me soon, but...I don't know what it is yet. xD oh man, I don't really know what advice I would give for this!! It's something I struggle with too...BUT MAYBE I'LL FIND A SOLUTION AND WRITE A POST ABOUT IT. ;) hahaa.... thank you so much for reading, girl!!

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  5. These are great tips!! I’m also a slow writer, and I’ll find myself wondering how on earth some people knock out 20k so quickly! It’s seems crazy to me! I am finding that NaNoWriMo has helped me sit down everyday and get my word count, but rarely am I over my word count! I think what I really need to work on is getting rid of distractions, not finding the right word, and YESSS NOT READING OR EDITING MY WRITING! Awesome post!

    -Riley (rileyalinewrites.wordpress.com)

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    1. YES I AGREE. It really comes down to eliminating distractions I think...when I manage to not get distracted, I can really write to the best of my ability. ;) and yes I'm the same way! NaNoWriMo is super helpful to get into the habit of writing every day. *high fives* EEEP SO HAPPY YOU LIKED THIS POST THANK YOU RILEY. <3

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  6. I've started using your playlists while I write and it's helped me a lot!! I don't usually listen to music when I write but I tried it out yesterday and I wrote a ton! Also I like going to coffee shops to write and then not ask for the wifi password... free background noise, no distractions, and coffee...
    Thanks for this post!!

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    1. AAAAH ABBY THAT MAKES ME SO HAPPY YOU HAVE NO IDEA <333 gah so jealous because I want to write in coffee shops!! but I usually don't make it out of the house lolololol :") it sounds like lovely setting for writing though!! SO GLAD YOU LIKED THIS POST :D

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  7. So this NaNo my manuscript is even more of a mess than usual because I have been employing the "Don't Stop To Read What You Just Wrote" method. That results in a lot of sentences that change mid-way and don't really make sense but it's alright because they are words I wrote. XD

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    1. IT'S A GOOD METHOD FOR PUTTING DOWN WORDS BUT YES HAHA YOUR FIRST DRAFT WILL DEFINITELY BE MESSY :'''') there's no way to win as a writer, is there?? *nervous laughter*

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  8. Love this post! I struggle with reading my writing so much! No matter what, my eyes drift upward toward those words. I've found that changing the text color to white works well and also gives me a break from the screen (since there is nothing to see). I'm still a slow writer, but I know I can push myself to write faster when I really want to, so that's encouraging. Thank you for the awesome post! <3

    ~ Ella Marie

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    1. Ella, this idea is GOLD. Thank you.

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    2. I AGREE WITH KEIRA THAT IS AN AWESOME IDEA WOW *all the heart-eye emojis* how come I never thought of that before??? eeeeep so happy you liked this post, thank you, Ella Marie!! <3

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    3. Haha, I'm not sure where I got the idea. I think I read it somewhere else, so don't give me the credit. But it is so insanely helpful.

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  9. I really enjoyed this post! I will definitely be giving that interval timer a try :) Normally I use a programme called writers block to get me through drafting (you cant close the page until you hit the word count/time you set) but now that I'm onto editing my book... I just cant seem to stay focused. Hopeful the timer thing will work for me :) best of luck with your own writing!

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    1. oooh yes I've heard of that program!! SOUNDS INTENSE. O_O I find that the interval timer works surprisingly well!! best of luck with your writing, too! ;) thanks so much for reading <3

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  10. Awesome tips! I totally need to work on not editing and rereading mid-draft. I have found the 25/5 technique works really well for me when studying, so I may have to try applying it here as well. AND YES, HIGHLIGHTING THINGS YOU'RE UNSURE OF AND MOVING ON IS SO EASY. Sometimes I just leave _____ if I can't find the correct word, too.

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

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    1. *HIGH FIVES* I AGREE, ELLIE. ;) it's definitely hard to not go back and edit, especially when something feels super messy...first drafts are supposed to be messy, right?? *nervous laughter* thank you so much for reading! <3

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  11. These tips are so helpful! Yesterday I had a paper to write for school and was getting super distracted. I was listening to my Spotify playlist (Christmas music of course!!) and told myself that while the next song played I would type 50 words...and I did that again and again till my paper was finished!! It helped me a lot to make it into a little game. I should definitely try the other ideas you listed! Super helpful, Abbiee! Thank you! ♥

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    1. THAT IS A BRILLIANT IDEA, ABI. <3 I LOVE IT. *high fives* I'm totally going to try that with writing my novel! asdfghjkl thank you so much for reading! so happy you liked this post :'''')

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  12. I laughed and nodded wildly throughout this whole thing because I RELATE, I realllyyy realllyyy do. Almost all the things you listed here are stuff I struggle with or have done.
    The chocolate chip recipe, editing and reading, the thesaurus bunny trails, the pinterest, the turning of wifi 😂. Screaming random words out into the void...

    I LOVE THIS POST ABIEE I LOVE IT because it has so many good tips and reminders and also because I'm most definitely not alone in my quirks....

    YOU"RE TOTALLY THE BEST ABBIEE WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT LOVING YOUR OWN WRITING, IT MAKES ME SO HAPPY TO SEE PEOPLE APPRECIATING THEIR OWN GENIUS *million hugs* xxx

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    1. HAHAHA ANNA WE ARE THE SAME PERSON. :''') *hugs* so glad you liked this post and could relate!!! THE PROCRASTINATION STRUGGLE IS REEEEEAL. *slowly bangs head on desk* and omg so glad you appreciate that ahaha <3333 MORE WRITERS SHOULD ENJOY THEIR WORK. even if it's messy, who cares?? the best part about writing is HAVING FUN. ;) thank you for reading, dear!!

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  13. Totally loving these tips! I love writing although I really only do it acasionally for fun but I will make sure to look back on this post!

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    1. EEEP THANK YOU NABILA <3333 so glad you like this post!!

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  14. Turning off WiFi - that's big. I have been doing it since NaNo started and let me tell you, IT HELPS A LOT.

    I love your idea about [inserting research notes] as you're writing. I've been looking for a way to do that without writing my notes in a separate document that I'll probably forget about later. Inserting it right then, will help me to remember where that research goes in the story and why it's there.

    I'm so terrible at looking up words while I'm writing. I have the little dictionary app on my laptop, and I can't help but keep open to look at. I'm terrible at rereading / editing as I go, too. This is how I justify it: I JUST WANT MY STORY TO MAKE SENSE IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK?

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who hates the "writing reward system." To me, it seems like we don't really love to writing, we're just making ourselves do it to get the reward. Writing shouldn't be like that; it should be, as you put it "treated like Netflix." We get to make up stories in our spare time. Why don't we pay attention to how awesome that is?

    k.

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    1. TURNING OFF THE WIFI HELPS SO MUCH HAHAHA *sobs nervously into a pillow* the struggle is real omg... good for you, sticking to your good habits! *fist bump* It's definitely helpful to not find the right word, too... haha. FRUSTRATING BUT HELPFUL. do you work in Scrivener??? BECAUSE IT SO NICE FOR TAKING LOTS OF NOTES AND KEEPING THEM ALL IN ONE PLACE. you should totally try it! 12/10 recommend. ;)

      YAAAAS SO GLAD YOU'RE ANTI REWARDS SYSTEM TOO *high fives* "We get to make up stories in our spare time. Why don't we pay attention to how awesome that is?" << pREACH. writing is AMAZING and the fact that we have time to do it is even more awesome!!!! *insert all the clapping emojis here* <3 THANK YOU FOR READING KEIRA YOU ARE A KINDRED SPIRIT. :")

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    2. I don't use Scrivener, but I've heard a TON of good things about it. Many thanks for the recommendation!!

      Your replies always make me smile.
      k.

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    3. "Your replies always make me smile." <<<< SAME ;)

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  15. Writing sprints, yes yes yes!!! I usually go for the short ones though, like 5-10 minutes at a time with a shorter break between. I find if it's longer than that, I start to lose focus and say to myself, "you can definitely spend one minute daydreaming! You have a whole 20 to fill!" whereas if it's 5 minutes, I'm just going nuts trying to get as much down as I can. Of course, half the time when the timer goes off, I'm in a flow and I don't stop writing for a while ... which is never a bad thing, either. I'll have to try a 20 minute one and see how it goes!
    Do you ever use sprints when you're editing? That's the stage I'm in ... and it's going slow at the moment.

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    1. OOOH THAT'S A VERY GOOD POINT ABOUT WRITING SPRINTS. I find that my focus does wander too sometimes! I should play around with the different times and try doing shorter ones.... :) No, I've never tried sprints while editing but that seems like a good idea!! EDITING CAN BE SO TEDIOUS HAHA. but it's also fun in it's own way! I like making things better, so that is one consolation. GOOD LUCK WITH EDITING, DUDE!! <3 you got this. ;)

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  16. Writing springs & turning off the Wi-Fi = A+ tips, yo. I've actually never done writing sprints before, but I've always heard of them and they sound kinda fun! :-) I would not consider myself a particularly fast (or focused...or sane-of-mind) writer, but turning off the internet and saving research for later are HUGE helps. I loved this post! You have a lot of great ideas here. :) And I definitely feel the editing and read-your-work struggles. I am only just now learning to stop editing and just keep writing, always going forward. <3

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    1. Writing SPRINTS.

      Not SPRINGS.

      WHO AM I

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    2. YES <3 YOU'RE 10000% RIGHT ON. It's so easy to get distracted by reading/editing/TWITTER... xD The struggle is real!! I'm so glad this post inspired you! AND HAHA I FEEL YA ON THE TYPOS. I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT WORDS ARE AT THIS POINT :'''')

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  17. SO HELPFUL THANK YOU!!!!

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  18. Ha. I have a general issue finding the right word. I mean it's right there on the top of my brain, but it doesn't come out. Like when I was trying to think of 'incinerated' the other day, I could only come up with 'poofed' :P

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    1. HAHA I FEEL YA MEAGHAN. That happens to me soooo much. "poofed" is a good word though!! xD

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  20. Thanks so much for this post! I think I already knew a lot of these, but I kind of ignored them. My main issue is the extra research thing. I get so off topic when I do that. Clickbait is a problem! I didn't every think about not pushing myself to the breaking point type thing. I don't think I really started doing that until later in my novel, but that's good to know! I'll have to keep these tips in mind the next time I write a new novel. Thanks again!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed this post!! Thank you so much <3 omg yes I get lost down the rabbit hole of research AND EMBARRASSING NUMBER OF TIMES. xD but turning off the wifi definitely helps a lot. *nod nod* THANK YOU AGAIN FOR READING! :)

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  21. I love this! I think my writing speed depends on my inspiration. If I'm super excited about what I'm writing, I can do it super fast! Great tips! :)

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    1. Yes, same here, Michele!! I love it when I get on a roll and just can't stop writing. <3 IT'S AWESOME. So glad you liked this post!! THANK YOU FOR READING :D

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  22. Such a great post! I started doing timed sprints and word sprints this year, actually, and it helped so much when I couldn't sit still long enough to focus. I got so much use out of Fighter's Block at the start of NaNo. I also NEED to have movie soundtracks (nothing lyrically though) in the background. I'm not a fast writer by any means but I'm definitely trying to create more of a routine for myself. :)
    Astrid
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