Years ago, I decided that New Year’s resolutions dealing with productivity and, thus, increased future revenues, were far more fun than those of the weight loss variety. So, I switched to resolutions that would, quite simply, end up increasing my bottom line. The more books I write and release, the more money I make. It’s that simple. The problem? Finding the time to be that productive! (And, yes, I still try to eat healthy and get exercise but I don’t need to a New Year’s Resolution to remember to do that.)
During my early morning writing routine, I used to try to pack a certain number of pages in before the mayhem of the day took all my attention. But, using that method, my productivity was inconsistent. A different page size in MSWord, a different type of book (i.e. non-fiction with more paragraph breaks than a novel), or even a fiction passage with more dialogue than other parts of the book could skew my results.
A few weeks ago, I switched gears. I started aiming toward a solid word count goal for each morning and it’s working great!. This is how I do it:
Once I sit down at my laptop, before I do anything else (including checking email, the weather, Facebook, etc.), I close my “home office” door, tell everyone that I am not to be interrupted except for emergencies, open my current book file in MSWord, and:
1. Re-read and re-edit what I wrote yesterday.
2. Type at least 750+ new words (using MSWord’s word count function). I can type more than 750 but I can’t ever type less.
3. I am allowed NO editing during typing. No back spaces for quick corrections. No pesky changes that can wait until later. I just allow my brain to run on overdrive and my fingers follow suit.
4. After I have my 750 words in, only then can I go back and edit.
NOTE: I never stop writing at the end of a chapter. I always go ahead and begin the next chapter. It’s easier (for me, at least) to pick up in the middle of action, or the middle of a topic, than it is to start something fresh first thing in the morning.
The following day, I do it all over again. Writing seven days a week, by the end of the month, I will have typed and edited 22,500 words. Sure, I’d like to type more but I’m running a business AND homeschooling two children. If your schedule isn’t as hectic as mine, you can probably do more!
I was inspired to try a daily-word-count method by the book 5,000 Words Per Hour by Chris Fox. While I’d love to try to create at that level, it’s unrealistic for my current lifestyle.
If you try this method, too, let me know how it works out for you!
About The Author
Angela Hoy is the publisher of WritersWeekly.com, and the co-owner of BookLocker.com (one of the original POD publishers that still gets books to market in less than a month), PubPreppers.com (print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish), and Abuzz Press (the publishing co-op that charges no setup fees).
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