So I decided to find out why I was struggling? Stress? Sure, like everyone I am dealing with the numerous litany of life's small tragedies, but you know what? They're all excuses.
I got mad, I refused to think this was the end and started to search for a solution to find my love of writing again AND write faster and better. One book a year isn't going to cut it for me. But how? I read Rachel Aaron's book 2 to 10k, an inspiring book. But it wasn't a perfect fit.
Then I found the book Write Better, Faster; How to Triple Your Writing Speed. By Monica Leonelle.
Monica Leonelle's book was a bit more practical for me (and personally both these books build on each other and I highly recommend both). She mapped out how she did it--and encouraged experimentation on oneself.
This I could do--experiment. I determined there were five things I needed to do:
- Re-establish a writing habit. Yes, I'd let it fall to the wayside, because my work situation had changed for day job; and I let it overwhelm me. I kept putting my writing aside.
- Preparation is key: I can't avoid some outlining--writing out bits of dialogue, scene etc. I found myself staring at the screen knowing I had to have the Heroine do something--but not sure how it was going to occur. Sometimes this freaks me out--outlining, but I have to get past it. I NEED more prep work and I know this.
- Monitor the typing/word count: Oh, yeah, I've resisted this. Big time. How can I tell what I'm doing better if I don't know what the baseline is. *at this point it's probably ten words a minute*
- Accountability: I'm going to be honest; I don't like checking in with others, but I'll post here. I'm going to tell you how much I've written, what affected it, and how I felt about it.
- Be Flexible: I'm going to work on things I like, if one project is blocking me, I'm going to work another.
I need to write and get things done.
I'll officially start on Monday.
What do you want to improve?