Thursday, December 18, 2014

Giveaway Day 7: 2k to 10k by Rachel Aaron

Update: Bianca C. is our winner! Congratulations!


Stephanie here, and I'm continuing the 12 Days of Giveaways here on Go Teen Writers with a craft book I read this fall.



I stumbled upon 2k to 10k: How to write faster, write better, and write more of what you love a few months ago. Because I was already in the middle of edits for my project, I haven't been able to try out her first draft strategies, but I'm eager to with my next manuscript.

Rachel's book isn't some fancy system for writing your novels, but rather it's ideas about how to maximize the writing time you have using three simple tools:

Knowledge: Know what you're writing before you write it.

Time: Use your most effective hours for writing and writing only.

Enthusiasm: You write better and faster when you like the scene you're writing.

After some trial and error, once Rachel had all three of those things clicking, she went from writing 2,000 words everyday to 10,000 words everyday. This book was born out of a blog post she wrote on the matter, so you can check that out too.

She has some really great editing advice in the book too. It was a really worthwhile read, and some of you writers who are at the place where you're taking writing more seriously or pursuing it as a career would find it helpful, I believe.

Warning: There's some language in this book. I don't think it's anything that would have shocked my high school aged ears, but I want to be respectful of sensitivities and let you guys know before you enter to win.

This giveaway is open to writers in all countries and will be up for 24 hours. Please make sure you leave the correct information for us so that we can contact you! We will also update the posts with the winners, so you can check back.

How much time do you have for writing on a regular day or in a regular week? Generally speaking, do you feel like you use your time well?

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53 comments:

  1. My average writing-time-per-day is probably a half hour at the moment. On good days, it's an hour; bad days, fifteen minutes or however quickly I can write a page. As for whether or not I use it wisely . . . depends how into the scene I am and what I'm listening to. (Lindsey Stirling's music is awesome, but her music videos are distracting.)

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    1. Yeah, Lindsey Stirling music is one of my writing go-to music and I try looking for her audio music, but her music videos are amazing.

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    2. Oh yes! Her music distracts me when I write sometimes, but I don't care XD

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    3. Yeah, the same for me to sometimes. :3

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  2. I'm trying to find a writing habit for myself, but for now, I've been writing about 15 minutes to half an hour for my book. I want to get to an hour of writing my book, but I think I'll be writing a lot more when holiday break comes along. But if I listen to writing music, then I'll be able to spark ideas to get my writing going.

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    1. I don't think I use my 15-30 minutes very good, because I'm re-reading my book and editing, when I really just want to move my book along. So, I'm trying to get into the habit to leave the editing process for last and just work on my rough draft for my book.

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  3. Since I'm not working on a book or anything, I just write a very little bit every day. About two pages worth of random snippets of stories. I really enjoy it :)

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  4. Any extra writing resources are always welcome for me... :D

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  5. It really depends on the day! It can be frustrating sometimes not to have a set routine, but I know if I set one, I will start to view it as another obligation, not as an escape from reality, which is ultimately what writing and/or reading is for me. On a good day, I can pump out about 1k in a half hour, on a bad day, I can sit in front of the computer for hours rewriting the same sentence or just staring at a blank screen! So I guess my good use of time depends entirely on my mood swings and the level inspiration, I'm a bit of a pantser. I plot the skeleton, and then let it surprise me, not the best way to take advantage of every minute spent writing, "but its good fun."
    Fans of BBC'S Merlin will, hopefully, get the quote. :)

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  6. I discovered the 2k to 10k blog post about a year ago, and it's really helped me up my daily wordcount! Thanks for giving us the chance to read the book, Stephanie!

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  7. I usually try to get a certain amount of words in a day and for the most part I am very efficient. Some days, I just can't seem to get my inspiration and none of my sentences ever end right.

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  8. Lately I've had a hard time getting even half an hour in of writing. And the time I usually do have for writing, I sadly procrastinate away on the internet. I've been trying to break this habit by doing a lot of Word Wars and Word Sprints with friends, and it's definitely helped a little, but I still am working on breaking the habit. Definitely going to try and finish writing/editing my novel on Christmas break. It'll be a stretch, but I think I can do it!

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  9. This would be so helpful! If I don't win the giveaway I think ill buy it myself!

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    1. I haven't been writing much so I definitely need a little push!

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  10. This looks incredibly amazing and helpful. I'm a very slow writer. I probably write slower than Tolkien. XD I think I'll add this to my goodreads shelf now!

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  11. I've been in a little bit of a writing slump lately--just barely getting in my required words for 100-4-100, not recording what I write on my spreadsheet, etc. Hopefully I'll get back on track today!

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  12. This looks absolutely wonderful!!!! :D

    On a regular day I have at least 4 hours in the morning. (I'm up SUPER early) so I get quite a bit of time. Though sometimes I get distracted...which results in me turning off my wifi haha :P Generally speaking, I would say I use my time fairly well. Could probably focus a little more but yeah... haha :P

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  13. It depends on the day but I usually spend several hours a day on it, depending on what I'm doing. Right now I'm doing a rewrite slowly while rereading the old draft and this is taking me at least two hours a night.

    Stori Tori's Blog

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  14. On a regular day I'll have around 2 hrs. of writing time. Whether it not it goes well depends on if I know what I'm writing beforehand. I've found it extremely helpful to have a rough outline every morning of whatever scenes/chapters I want to get done that particular day.

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  15. I write with a word goal of 100-200 words, and I try to block 20 minutes everyday at the same time. I think I use my time fairly wisely, but there's always room for improvement!

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  16. My schedule changes every day because of college classes and work. I could have anywhere from all day to half an hour to write. Honestly, I write best when I am tired and don't care so much how it sounds so long as the story gets put down and I can fix it later, so I usually stay up at night around midnight and write at least a page.

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  17. My writing time changes quite a bit due to college life.

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  18. My writing time can go anywhere from fifteen minutes to two hours. I spend a lot of that time character building because it's my absolute favorite thing to do to prep for novels.

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  19. I've been taking awhile off of writing after NaNo and then other things got in the way, but I will get back to writing soon and try to stick to a regular writing time!

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  20. Looks like an interesting book, certainly an interesting blog post.

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  21. Depending on the day and how much hmwk I have, I use 1-2 hours to write 1-2k. :-) I need to write faster and better, so I'd love to win this book!

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  22. It's been ages since I've written for enjoyment. Storywise, that is. I've been having a hard time coming up with something that I really like. I do have a but of an idea for a book floating around my head, but I might like to flesh it out in my head a bit more. Or maybe I should just start writing and see what happens? I don't know...

    ~ Natasha.

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  23. I can have up to an hour to write in each day sometimes less sometimes more.

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  24. I have a serious procrastination problem. Not just with writing. But I try to sit down and write a little every day. Even if it's just a 100 words, at least it's something.

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  25. I have TONS of time to write, but I don't get much done due to frequent writers block. Knowing what I'm writing will certainly help with that, though I have a lot of trouble plotting.

    I don't really feel as if I'm doing well, I could do better, I could write more, and I intend on doing so. I have a new idea that is changing my view of writing. I'm going to write my idea, I'm going to watch it flourish. No extra books (except maybe one), and for that I will need all the craft books I can get, and I will need to use these points, Knowledge, Time, and Enthusiasm.

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  26. I'm an extremely slow typer (whether that is due to skill or my editing self, I don't know) so this book looks very interesting!

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    1. Recently I haven't had much time to write, but now that finals are over I can completely commit to my novel over winter break.

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  27. During the weekdays, I usually write for about 1 or 2 hours. However, I often use the internet AND write at the same time. It is both a procrastination and inspiration tool...sometimes I get carried away with surfing the Internet rather than writing, but the internet--such as blogs, news, images, Facebook--gives me inspiration for my writing. Luckily, my holiday break is tomorrow, and I don't back till the 6th, so I should be able to focus more on my writing. This time, I'm going to stick--and really stick--to writing my book (not sure it's going to be a novel, probably a novella)!

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  28. I've been keeping up with the 100 for 100 challenge, and 100 words is, unfortunately, the only thing I can get done each day. :( I'm also a baaad procrastinator and I think this book might help to sort out my writing priorities, etc.

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  29. I don't have a set amount of time on any day. On certain days, I steal hours here and there from other stuff. On other days, I don't write at all.

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  30. I rarely have the time, but when I do writer's block usually stops me from going too far.

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  31. I have barely enough time to write my 100 words on normal days, but there have been days I could have done better. It's just hard when theres so many other things to live.

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  32. I barely ever have time to write except for during the holidays. however, when I do get the free time, I'm uninspired and therefore can't write. It's a frustrating process, especially when I have a bunch of work to do and tests to study but also have this great idea in my head.

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  33. Since I really want to make writing a daily routine, I have devoted an hour for writing to spare during weekdays, but my writing time varies (if I'm not doing anything in particular) on weekends. I do feel like I'm spending my time well and I owe a great deal to the Go Teen Writers' 100 for 100 Challenge for helping me acheive that! :D

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  34. I only have a couple hours of time to write, usually in the evenings. Sometimes I use it well...other times...pinterest... ^_^

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  35. Sounds like an awesome book!
    In a regular weekday, I try to dedicate 3-4 hours to writing. I used to be really good about it, but recently, I've found it a bit difficult to stay focused. I'm trying, though :)


    Alexa S. Winters
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  36. I have a lot of time that I don't use well, I'm afraid... But I've been too busy as of late to devote much for writing, plus I'm trying to take off to recover from NaNo and all I'm doing right now is squeezing out those minimum 100 words per day. (5 more days! I can make it! Oof.) I plan to take a few weeks off and then tackle writing again and try to make better use of my time. :D

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  37. Hmm, I'm guessing I do between an hour to an hour and a half a day--though I often write in sprints. I'll write an incredible amount of words one day and then slack off for a few days...which isn't ideal, but school. Usually shoot for 1k-2k.

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  38. I usually write 3 hours daily but I'm not quite sure how many words. Sometimes more, sometimes less. But I try to enjoy every minute

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  39. *hangs head* As of recent, I barely write my 100 words at ten PM. I need to start getting back on schedule and writing a lot more a day. So this coming year, I want to organize my time better and start writing a lot more, especially since i'll be editing. :)

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  40. If I manage my time well, I have about an hour a day on weekdays. Unfortunately, I don't typically use my time the greatest, but lately I've been disconnecting my computer from the wi-fi when I'm ready to write, and that helps me be much more productive.

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  41. Currently I'm fairly busy, but when things are calmer, I write maybe 500 words a day, sometimes less. That can be in, like, thirty minutes, or I could write it over several hours. I go some days without writing at all.

    -Ryebrynn

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  42. Because of a slow-healing rib injury & the needed physical therapy treatments, I can't write as much or as long I'd like. Two hours max, on a good day. But on bad days, 30 min. to an hour. I could probably be using that time more effectively. I tend to over think and try to make things perfect the first go round, which makes my first drafts come together VERY slooowly.

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  43. My average writing time per day is basically as much as I want it to be, which is often none because I procrastinate so much. On a normal day I think I could get in an hour, or maybe a little less. I'm not so sure I use it well, given that I normally think about the story instead of writing it.

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  44. Lately, I've been able to devote a couple of hours daily or sometimes more because school is winding down. Although I'm plugging along with my word count, I'm a very slow writer, so this giveaway sounds like just the book I need!

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  45. Oooh, I would love to win this one! How much time I spend writing a day or week just depends . . . when I'm busy I usually write less (though sometimes I just get excited and can't help but write) and then other times I write like crazy. I need a set schedule though.

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