I’m working on my debut sci fi romance, Heart of the Jaguar, and I’ve been doing a lot of reading about how to write romance. It’s not as easy as you’d think, which is why so many beginning authors just give up.
One of the things I’ve struggled with is finding enough time to get my thoughts on paper (well, on computer…). I tend to go back and reread and edit what I’ve already written (and have already edited 5 times before!) , which just wastes so much time and really lowers my word count for the day.
So, I set off on a search for how to write romance faster and came across a post from author, Rachel Aaron. It describes how she increased her word count from 2,000 words or so per day, to 10,000! I had to read her post, because that just sounded way-out-there-unbelievably-unachievable to me.
In a really tiny nutshell, her method is to:
- Know what you are writing before you begin. In other words, take a few minutes (5 – 10) to make notes/make a list/describe what the scene should get across to the reader before attempting to actually write it.
- Keep a log of the time of day and the places you write, plus your total word count for each day. This log can help you identify patterns that may increase your output. For example: maybe you’ll have a higher word count if you write at home. Or maybe in the local Starbucks. You might write more if you work on your book in the wee hours of the morning or late at night.
- It helps to be excited about what you are crafting. If a scene isn’t working for you, it’s going to be harder for you to write it. Before you begin, “play the scene” in your mind like you’re watching a movie. If something doesn’t flow right, you can change it before you waste time writing, only to have to trash it during the editing stage.
- This last one is my tip: avoid the internet while you are writing! It sucks you in, even if you are “just” researching something for your book. Make a note somewhere or highlight the area that you need to look up and go back to it after your writing day is over.
I can’t wait to try this out!
If you’d like to check out Rachel’s advice, you can read her full post here.
Thanks for reading!