So, I'm at the pointy end of finishing the first draft of What My Mother Never Taught Me – The 7 Things I Wish I Had Known About Finding Happiness. I have three chapters outstanding still and I've left them to be written last because they are the hardest. One of the good things about having a blueprint is that there is no need to write the chapters chronologically, so while I've written the final chapter of the book, I am still not done as there are still three chapters somewhere in the middle that are still unwritten.
After my last update, I scrolled through the blog posts and realised that I did not finish teaching the principles of fast writing! So, to pick up where I left off, after blueprinting comes the writing process.
The key is this, remember the 15 questions I got you to list down? This is how you are going to work it. Look at your trigger words and set your timer for five minutes. Within that five minutes, write down your answer to that question using those trigger words. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT stop and think or edit yourself. Write as quickly as you can, and write the way you talk. There is plenty of opportunity for editing after the manuscript is done.
Technically, within five minutes, you should be able to produce about 3/4 a page (hence the 15 questions = 10 pages per chapter. The math works out). But like I said, this is as much part art as it is part science. For me, it hasn't always worked out to be 3/4 of a page, sometimes it's shorter, sometimes it's longer. Now, this is where I would like to diverge from the purist approach.
From my experience, five minutes for 3/4 of a page is rather demanding. By the end of my 500-page novel, I was verging on having arthritis on my fingers. For about two months afterwards, I found the knuckles on my fingers to be really stiff from all the really fast typing without much rest in between. So if you need to type slower, I say take an extra 5 minutes. Don't kill yourself over it. The idea is to write without editing yourself. I type much slower these days to pace myself so my fingers don't get over tired too quickly.
So that is it for this time. Hopefully by my next update, I would have finished the first draft! If you have not registered to receive sample chapters of What My Mother Never Taught Me – The 7 Things I Wish I Had Known About Finding Happiness, join the mailing list and stay tuned.
Til next time,