It changed my life!
Long story short, it's about how to be more productive and better in your writing and enjoy it (rather than feeling like you're flogging a dead horse...).
It's the story of how Rachel Aaron went from writing 2k a day (which was me on a very good day) to 10k a day. (Yes, you read that correctly. No I did not mistype that!)
It changed my entire approach. In 2011, I wrote about 40,000 words for The Tainted Crown. Most of those were after September 2011 when Christopher Paolini had inspired me and after I had seen Rachel's blog post. By summer 2012 I'd finished draft one on 101,269 words.
It helped me decide where I was going, fine tune the details, and charge out of the starting gate with all the information and motivation I needed to reach the finish line. The nice side effect was the increased word count that Rachel also saw in her own work.
I was able to make much faster and better progress (because writing is about quality not quantity) by following Rachel's advice;
- planning my writing (the fewer gaps/more you know, the better your flow)
- being enthusiastic about writing (boring scenes must die! Great scenes are a joy to write and arguably write themselves!)
- using my time well (pick your most effective time of day - for me, the evening)
I would highly recommend you read the blog post above, but also look at Rachel Aaron's e-book "2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love" which covers this in much more depth. It's a text I refer back to regularly to keep on track!
Check out Rachel's website and blog if you get a chance - I hope they provide you with the same inspiration they gave me!
Ciao for now,