Want to write fast? My guest Lynn Rush is here to tell you how. A former speed skater, a current mountain biker and runner, she’s used to moving fast and she’s willing to share her tips to help you get your fingers flying across the keyboard.
When Brenda asked me to write about how I wrote 20 plus novels in just over three years, I nearly panicked. I'd never really even thought about it. I did it. Just did. But as I sat down to write this post, a few things came to mind.
1. I wrote daily:No matter what! I think that’s the biggest thing for me to getting novels written quickly. Write through the slow parts, write through the blocks, just keep going. If you don’t know the name of something or not sure if something will work, leave it in, put it in bold, you can come back to it.
2. I wrote on lunch breaks: When I had a full time job, this was really important. Every free minute counts. On my breaks I’d type in an email scenes of my story and email it to myself.
3. I slept less: Okay, not the healthiest one, I know, but it’s true. I stayed up later and got up earlier as I plowed through my stories. Now, you can’t keep that up for long, but in short bursts, it helped me. To be honest, if I hadn’t stayed up a bit later to write, I would have tossed and turned in bed anyway, thinking about the scene I needed to write.
4. I consumed tons of caffeine: Much like the less sleep tip, this isn’t the healthiest thing to do, but I’m already a Dt. Pepsi junky. I just tend to burn through a little bit more during my writing sprees.
5. I exercised often: I always make time for this. Even the weekend four-hour bike rides. You might be thinking, “But I could write during that time.” You’re right, actually, but exercise helps me wade through the ideas/scenes/plot issues rioting through my mind while I’m mid-book. I’ve been known to be on the Elliptical typing on my iPhone notes when something needs to get down right away.
6. I cooked extra meals: If I could get a few extra meals cooked ahead of time, it freed up extra hours during the week. Plus, I was messing around in the kitchen, near my hubby, while preparing them, so we got to chat and hang out (He likes cooking, too, so that helps.)
7. I set timers: Sometimes I get a little behind on my chores around the house when I’m in the middle of writing a book. So, I had to set timers. I’d do a couple of hours of writing, then thirty minutes of chores, then back to writing. I’m more relaxed and happy when my house is clean and my husband has wrinkle-free clothes to wear to work. LOL
8. I got away for write-fests: I scheduled times away from my house, my work space, my hubby and just write. I’m lucky enough to have family up north, and they often leave for extended trips. So, I’ll camp out up in Sedona, AZ and write for three days straight, pounding out nearly 40,000 words.
9. I shut off Twitter, Facebook, and email for periods of time: I’m weird about email. If there’s a little red light on my email icon on the bottom of my MacBook screen, I HAVE TO CHECK IT! Yeah, no control there. So, I have to shut my email program down. I get so much more done when I’m not checking email every time the little light goes on.
10. I sprinted with other writers: I got online with FF&P or Savvy.com and did writing sprints. Another thing that helped was meeting up with my crit partner, Kendall Grey, on a private chat line for sprints. We’d go for sixty-minutes then chime in for about two or three minutes to report how far we got, but then it was right back to writing.
11. I carried something to write with at all times: You just never know when you’re going to have fifteen minutes free time. Use it! Every second counts. So, I always carried something with me. Now, it’s mostly my iPhone and I type on the notes section or send myself an email. But before that, it was little notebooks.
12. I cleaned: I seem to write more efficiently when I have a clean work space. Weird, I know, but it’s true. So, if started struggling with my focus, characters weren’t cooperating, or the words trickled out, I’d get up and whip out the Endust and start cleaning. Ten minutes later I had a nice, lemon-smelling work area and I settled in for the duration.
13. I shut doors: I’d warn my hubby that it was going to be an all-nighter, kiss him goodnight and shut the door to my work area. It kept me focused, especially when paired up with suggestion # 9 and I’ve shut off all social medias.
Thanks for having me here, Brenda, and challenging me with the 13 things…this was fun. I have a signed copy of Wasteland to give away!!
Just leave a comment today and you’re entered! It can be about anything. Ask me a question, mention what works for you to stay focused on a task at hand, or whatever.
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The people surrounding us blurred into oblivion, and the music faded into a storm of muffled pitches and tones.
I concentrated on her shining lips and took in the warmth of her body so close to mine. I wanted only the sense of touch to be awake while I reveled in the silky texture of her skin. For so long I'd touched nothing. If I was going to break my rules, I would enjoy it.
Her hands glided from my wrists down my forearms and up my biceps, sending a ripple of desire through my soul. I could resist no longer. I brushed my lips against hers and tasted melon. She heaved a sharp breath and clamped her fingers around my shoulders, holding me in place.
Scents of lilac permeated me. My heart hammered, and my demon pounded, wanting out.
I turned my head, severing our connection. Too intense. Must stay in control. She let out a whimper. I pressed my mouth to her cheek and tilted her head.
I almost wished I hadn't.
She bore the mark of a Guardian, immortal protectors of the humans.
I drank Beka in for three long breaths, knowing it may be my last chance to hold her close. Because if Beka truly was guarding Jessica Hanks I would more than likely have to kill her to get my Mark.
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