As many members of our group prepare for NaNoWriMo, we are hoping to offer some tips on not just how to complete NaNo, but also tips on how to take your writing practice to the next level.
We heard through the grapevine about this great post by author Rachel Aaron about taking your writing from 2000 words a day to 10,000:
Drastically increasing your words per day is actually pretty easy, all it takes is a shift in perspective and the ability to be honest with yourself (which is the hardest part). Because I’m a giant nerd, I ended up creating a metric, a triangle with three core requirements: Knowledge, Time, and Enthusiasm. Any one of these can noticeably boost your daily output, but all three together can turn you into a word machine. I never start writing these days unless I can hit all three.
Thumbs up for how Aaron acknowledges that this also works for folks who don’t only make their living by writing. Even for those of us with a non-writing “ye olde day jobbe,” the techniques she proposes can be quite useful for increasing words output.