Last week, I posted on writing blog content faster. But in some important ways, writing your story faster differs from writing blog content faster. Here are suggestions for writing stories faster.
Before You Write
- Ask, “What am I saying to myself?”
- Is it something like, “I’ve always edited as I go, because I’m good at editing and enjoy molding each chapter, page, or paragraph until I’m satisfied. This is my comfort zone. I put off writing more of the story, because that’s the more elusive part of writing.”
- Answer honestly:
- “When a section is finally the way I want it, have I been away from the story so long that it takes me awhile to get back into the story’s flow?”
- “How many times have I had to delete or rewrite beautifully edited scenes because of changes I made to the story later?”
- Don’t give in to thoughts saying you can’t write without editing.
- Give yourself time to establish a pattern of success.
- You already know editing is easier than writing for you, so get a draft done so you have the whole story to attack with your editing skills.
- Writing fast turns off the internal editor or censor and allows creativity to flow.
- Writing without editing forces you to stay in the story.
- Allow your mind to spill out what it knows without you interrupting it to find a better word or fix a typo.
- Do the prep work. Writing faster is easy when you know what you want to say. You decide how much detail you need to know to get started. What do you need?
- One-sentence tagline
- Reader’s takeaway, plot idea, and a hero and heroine
- Hero’s journey outline
- Plot cards
- Scene cards
- Major turning points
- Goals, motivations, and conflicts
- Set-up chapters
- Put some kind of accountability in place.
4. Find your most productive writing time.
Write the Story Faster
5. Write as fast as you can.
- Lower your standard for the first draft.
- Don’t allow distractions. Stay focused.
- Set a timer for a chunk of time and refuse to edit or stop until the time is up.
- Don’t delete a poor sentence; write another version and go on.
- Turn off or cover the monitor. If you can’t see errors, you’re less likely to stop and fix them.
- Don’t’ lose momentum. If you think of a change for a previous chapter, jot a note and keep going.
After the Messy Draft Is Written
- Edit your post.
- Check the flow (move paragraphs or chapters).
- Fix typos and misspellings.
- Make scenes ground the reader immediately.
- Replace weak nouns and verbs with strong ones.
- Limit adjectives, adverbs, and unnecessary words.
- Make dialogue tight, necessary, and interesting.
- Reverse reactions written before stimuli.
- Make actions linear.
- Add color and senses.
- Change wordy or confusing sentences.
- Fix inconsistencies.
- Let it sit and then read it through again.
Suggestions for writing your story faster. Click to tweet.
What other ways help you write your story faster?