Boosting your Word Count
I'm probably slow coming across this book, but I recently purchased this title by Rachel Aaron called 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love
If you are looking to up your word count, then this book has some great tips.
One of the problems I face when it comes to writing is that I need to balance my time (like most authors do), but the tips in this book help to make the most out of any amount of time available, whether it's a spare hour in the morning or a full day of writing. It also helps you to find clarity in your writing, ensuring that you know what you intend to write and are enthusiastic about it beforehand, so that when you actually sit down to write, the words just flow out!
At first when I read Rachel Aaron's book, I didn't know what to expect. I twas half expecting it to be a load of crazy suggestions like visualization tips or maybe training your pet dog to write the novel ... who knows!?, but the tips in the book are actually really simple, so much so that they should have been obvious!
But these tips are things that it's easy to forget about when you're writing. When you're worrying about how few words you've written so far and why the scene you're writing seems to be so difficult, it's easy to forget the reasons why you decided to write in the first place, and it's easy to overlook glaring mistakes that you are making - mistakes that would be easy to see if only you took a step back and thought about it for a second.
I don't know Rachel Aaron, so I'm not doing this post on her request, but more as a thank you, because her book has helped me to remember the reasons I started writing - because I love it.
The Struggles of Writing...
I'm only in the process of writing my second full-length novel at the moment, so maybe I don't know the pains that authors who have written a lot more than me have suffered through, but I know that for me it has been difficult finding the motivation at times. Not because I don't want to write, but because I take criticism hard. I always have. If ten people told me they loved my work, and one said they hated it, the words of the one who hated it would haunt me for the rest of the day. Even if rationally I know I shouldn't get hung up on it, I do.
I'm only at the beginning of something that I would love to make a career out of, and already it's been an emotional roller coaster! So writers like Rachel Aaron reaching out to help other authors really inspires me.
To find Rachel's work, take a look at her profile here on Goodreads: Rachel Aaron
Also, the book I've been referring to is here on Goodreads: 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love
It's also available on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/2k-10k-Writing-...
Her author website is: http://www.rachelaaron.net/
And her blog is: http://thisblogisaploy.blogspot.co.uk/
Happy writing and happy reading, everyone! =]