Book Review: 2K to 10K – Writing Faster, Writing Better and Writing More of What You Love (Rachel Aaron)
Release Date: October 7th 2012
Summary (from Goodreads):
“Have you ever wanted to double your daily word counts? Do you sometimes feel like you’re crawling through your story? Do you want to write more every day without increasing the time you spend writing or sacrificing quality? It’s not impossible, it’s not even that hard. This is the book explaining how, with a few simple changes, I boosted my daily writing from 2000 words to over 10k a day, and how you can too.”
Expanding on her highly successful process for doubling daily word counts, this book, a combination of reworked blog posts and new material, offers practical writing advice for anyone who’s ever longed to increase their daily writing output. In addition to updated information for Rachel’s popular 2k to 10k writing efficiency process, 5 step plotting method, and easy editing tips, this new book includes chapters on creating characters that write their own stories, practical plot structure, and learning to love your daily writing. Full of easy to follow, practical advice from a commercial author who doesn’t eat if she doesn’t produce good books on a regular basis, 2k to 10k focuses not just on writing faster, but writing better, and having more fun while you do it.
I’ve been reading a few books on writing lately and when this one popped up as being read by some of my Goodreads friends, I thought I’d give it a go. Who doesn’t want to go from 2K to 10K?!
Aaron describes her method for making your writing sessions more productive and greatly increasing your word count. It’t not just about churning out words either, but focusses on how to get quality as well as increase the quantity. As well as her method she’s developed, Aaron talks about her own plotting process and how to keep editing as painless as possible too.
Aaron’s method is actually pretty simple and sounds kind of obvious when you read it, but I realised I wasn’t doing these things and it could really be holding my writing back. The bit I thought was the most useful was the Knowledge part: knowing what you’re going to write before you sit down and write it. I’ve always been a bit of a pantser and it gets me into trouble when it comes to editing or just having plot that makes sense… Aside from plotting on a larger scale, Aaron suggests you plan what you’re going to write in a session before you do it, so you’re not doing the hard part as you’re writing and making it up as you go along.
As I’ve been stuck in a bit of editing hell recently, I was really interested in the section on editing. It made me realise that a lot of my problems are plotting based – again, another problem with being a pantser – and that editing would be made easier if I plotted better (good work Captain Hindsight, but at least it’ll help me next time). I also liked the idea of editing being a skill just as writing is, that you should practice every day.
I found this book really helpful and I think it’s one that I’ll be dipping in and out of frequently. The only drawback was there were quite a few typos/spelling and grammatical errors, and that irritated me, especially when she was talking about editing your work/checking for errors etc!
While an individual’s writing processes are subjective and not everything works for everyone, there’s a lot here that really makes sense and I’d definitely recommend giving her suggestions a go. It’s a really cheap Kindle book and I think there’ll be something in there for everyone.