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In our last post about word count we discussed the importance of setting a goal early on in the process. For this blog, let's focus on how you're going to reach that goal. Theories abound on the best approach to amassing the words necessary to complete a book-length manuscript, and over the years, I've probably tried them all. Each philosophy has its merits, and there is no right way to reach a word count goal. Here are the three things to keep in mind as you move towards your goal:

 

  1. You don't have to take a daily word count approach. Let's face it: writing isn't just the act of typing. A lot of times it's the act of ruminating over an idea, scene, piece of dialogue, etc. You shouldn't beat yourself up if you let a day or two or three slip by without adding actual words to your story. They're building up in that gray matter of yours. If you're the type that likes to wait until a scene or chapter is fully realized in your mind, that's a legitimate approach. Don't let anyone tell you differently.
  2. The Stephen King approach is admirable but not for the faint of heart. The master of horror has stated that he commits to a daily word count of 2,000 words. That's a hearty pace, and it's not for everybody. During NaNoWriMo, I approached that kind of output, and I have to say I found it invigorating. In a way, it felt like I was in training for a marathon
  3. Commit to a single word a day. I'm not kidding. I love this approach, especially for beginning writers. It removes the pressure of being productive and takes away the anxiety of sitting down to write. The secret here is that once you convince yourself you only have to write a single word a day, you relax and far exceed your. The writer's mind is full of fun ideas, but it';s also easy to trick it into doing some actual work.

 

When mapping out how to reach a word count goal and deciding which strategy works best for you, there are two things you want to keep in mind: your personality type and your timeline. If you work best under pressure and you've set an ambitious release date for your book, obviously high volume output is for you. If the pressure to create makes you less productive and creative, and you're not in a hurry to get your book to market, take your time with a low volume approach.

 

-Richard

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Setting Goals for Your Brand

Got Writer's Block? Step Away from the Keyboard

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Books/Publishing

 

Toni Morrison: Write, Erase, Do It over - The Book Deal

An interview about writing with the legendary author.           

                           

New Trends in Book Marketing: Mobile, Millennials and More - Publishing Perspectives

Is 2015 all about the phablet when it comes to marketing your book?         

 

Film

                                                        

The Complete Mark Duplass Filmmaking Bible on Becoming a Successful Director - No Film School

When it comes to independent film, Mark Duplass is in a league of his own.     

                                          

Five Screenwriting Lessons from Quentin Tarantino - Film Slate Magazine

Tarantino, the master of Macabre Noir, shares his writing secrets. 

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

Sample-Based Synthesis - Bit by Bit - Audio Fanzine

Converting analog signals to digital.  

  

Twenty-Five Tips from Music Marketing Experts for an Indie Release - Solveig Whittle

Indie artist Solveig Whittle shares the tips she's uncovered from industry experts.   

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- April 17, 2015

Weekly News Roundup- April 10, 2015

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How to Build Your Email List with a Free e-course - The Future of Ink

Build your brand by sharing your knowledge.           

                           

So You Think You Finished a Novel - Kameron Hurley

The joys and pains of rewriting.         

 

Film

                                                        

The Five Laws for Hollywood Success - Filmmaking Stuff

Five common sense rules that anyone can follow.     

                                          

Making a Horror Film? These Six Steps Could Make You a Legend - Movie Pilot

An extreme horror fan reveals the secrets of the scary film arts. 

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

How to Refine Your Singing Style - Easy Ear Training

Your voice is unique, but it still most likely fits into one of five styles.  

 

Listening to Tight Voices? Danger: It Can Tighten Your Own - Judy Rodman

Your voice automatically attempts to mimic what you hear.  

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- April 10, 2015

Weekly News Roundup- April 3, 2015

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Get in Good with Goodreads - Writer's Digest

Veteran author Michael J. Sullivan shares his secrets to Goodreads success.           

                           

Reader Question: Grammar, Second Languages, and Book Soundtracks - All Indie Writers

Poor grammar and typos in your marketing material can cost you readers.         

 

Film

                                                        

Top Five Things I've Discovered about Promoting a Low Budget Children's Film - Projector Films

Be relentless, and be prepared for the long haul.     

                                          

The 11 Principles of Leadership for Filmmakers - Studio Binder

Know thyself, and know thy craft. 

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

Nine Reasons a Guitar Pickup Sounds the Way It Does - Bobby Owsinski's Big Picture Music Production Blog

What seems simple can actually mean everything when it comes to tone.  

  

How to Use Craigslist to Book Music Gigs - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com

Can a free site help find paying gigs?  

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- April 3, 2015

Weekly News Roundup- March 27, 2015

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Books/Publishing

 

Lessons from a Great Book Jacket Designer - The Book Deal

Tips on how to make the cover of your book stand out.         

                           

Quit Being a Commodity: 10 Ways to Get Visibility and Stand Out - The Future of Ink

Is exclusivity the key to marketing success in publishing?        

 

Film

                                                        

Drones Are about to Change How Directors Make Movies - Wired

Do you have a better way to get that cool aerial shot?     

                                          

How to Achieve Your Filmmaking Goals Fast - Filmmaking Stuff

Start with giving yourself a deadline.

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

Mind-Expanding Music Marketing - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com

How to push yourself and step up your marketing game.  

  

Learning to Sing Does Not Need to Take Hours a Day - How to Sing Better

Practicing a few key techniques just 15 minutes a day can make you a better singer.  

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- March 20, 2015

Weekly News Roundup- March 13, 2015

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Books/Publishing

 

Commonly Confused Words: How to Avoid These Grammar Gaffes - Huffington Post

Direct objects, nouns, verbs, time sequences and comparisons: These are things to guide you down the grammar path.        

                           

How to Get Influencers to Notice You - The Future of Ink

Looking for an endorsement for your next book?          

 

Film

                                                        

Nine Things Artists Do to Hold Back Themselves and Their Work - Film Courage

Avoid the chaos and move forward.      

                                          

Using a Motivated Key Light - Filmmaker IQ

What do you get when you mix practicals with additional lights?   

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

Simple Rhythm Hacks for Musicians - Artiden

When you're a pianist, drills alone won't help you find your rhythm.  

  

Five Steps: How to Record Better Vocals - Made 2 Create

Quit relying on technology to fix vocal mistakes.    

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- February 13, 2015

Weekly News Roundup- February 6, 2015

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Books/Publishing

 

Writing Deadline Dos and Don'ts - Huffington Post

If you've set a deadline for your next release, here's how to reach it.     

                           

Twenty-one Fast Hacks to Fuel Your Story with Suspense - Writer's Digest

Author Elizabeth Sims tells you how to dial up the suspense.       

 

Film

                                                        

Five Filmmaking Lessons for Directors, DPs, & Those Working with Multi-Cam Setups - No Film School

Lessons on finding your camera's dynamic range.     

                                          

Why a Director Shouldn't Edit Their Own Film - Filmmaking.net

Collaboration is a valuable asset in filmmaking.  

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

Musicians: Discover a Simple Way to Connect with Fans - Musicgoat.com

The smallest things can have the biggest impact. 

 

Marketing Lessons from Taylor Swift - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com

Bob Baker explains how indie musicians can learn a lot from Taylor Swift.   

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- January 16, 2015

Weekly News Roundup- January 9, 2014

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Why Do You Write?

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger Jan 21, 2015

As an author you often get the question, "How did you come up with that idea?" And for me it's impossible to answer. I have no clue where the ideas for my books come from. There are a few times I can pinpoint an origin to a story, but those times are few and far between. For me, it is much easier to answer another question I've gotten on a number of occasions: "Why do you write?"

 

Let me start by giving the reasons that don't come into play when I evaluate my desire to write. I was not born with an innate ability to write. I wrote just terribly in the beginning. It was embarrassingly bad. Over time I got better, but no reasonable person would have looked at my early stuff and recognized a genius hiding in my clunky prose.

 

I have no illusion that my writing will change the world. There are too many moving parts to this planet for me to believe that I can create a movement and open people's eyes to a new way of thinking. That is a power I don't want nor believe I can develop. That's not to say I don't think other writers can change the world. I absolutely think they can. I just don't think I'm one of those writers.

 

I write for one simple reason: I want to know what happens next. That's it. I'm internally bombarded with "what if" questions daily. You know those moments when you witness an everyday occurrence with a predictable outcome, and wonder what if something different happened? Those moments for me turn into a relentless curiosity, and I'm driven to explore where that "what if" scenario takes me.

 

That is why I write. I'm curious to know why you write. What motivates you to wake up every day and add words to the story in your head?   

 

-Richard

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Is Writing a Talent or a Skill?

Gaining Perspective When Writing

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Books/Publishing

 

Write Better: 3 Ways to Introduce Your Main Character - Writer's Digest 

How to create characters that the reader will not only like, but feel like they know, as well.           

 

How to Create an Effective, Engaging Video - Marketing Tips for Authors

Your author video must have a purpose to engage the viewer.     

                           

 

Film

                                                        

Three Reasons Why Great Directing Hinges on Prep Work and Pre-production - Norm Kroll

Going into production without being prepared can ruin a great film.     

                                          

How to Build Your Audience through Email - Filmmaking Stuff

Email is a good tool to use to build your audience.

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

Six Resolutions All Musicians Should Make for 2015 - Hypebot.com

It all starts with knowing what you're getting into. 

 

What's Wrong with Your Vocal Warm-up? - Judy Rodman

Before you commit to doing vocal warm-ups before performances, make sure you're doing them right.   

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- January 9, 2015

Weekly News Roundup- January 2, 2015

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Books/Publishing

 

Do Writers Have to "Write What They Know?" - Backspace

Is it "write what you know" or "write what you're passionate about"?

                           

How to Build a Fictional World - TED Ed

Author Kate Messner reveals a few tricks of the trade to bring fictional worlds to life.      

 

Film

                                                        

Structures - Projector Films

Learn about the '5-act Pixar poker idea' in this podcast.    

                                          

Filmmakers Risk Everything by Doing These 7 Things - Film Industry Network

What risks are you taking?  

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

"Is It Realistic at My Age, to Think I Can Ever Really Become a Respectable Sax Player?" - Sax Station

Is there such a thing as being too old to pursue your musical dreams?

 

Is How You Label Yourself As a Singer Holding You Back? - From the Front of the Choir

If you call yourself a soprano, you may not realize you can sing in the alto range.   

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- November 14, 2014

Weekly News Roundup- November 21, 2014

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How Authors Support Their Writing Dreams - The Book Deal

A barista, a mailman, and a textbook editor, oh my!

                           

How to Set Up Your Goodreads Author Profile (And Why You Should!) - The Future of Ink

With more than one million unique visitors a day, Goodreads is a haven for readers and authors alike.      

 

Film

                                                        

Crowdfunding - Film Courage

A collection of videos where various filmmakers discuss their crowdfunding efforts.    

                                          

Podcast Episode: Writing and Making a Feature - Projector Films

Two writers discuss the trials and triumphs they experienced making a film.  

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

How to Crowdfund Your Next Music Project - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com

The basic elements that will make your crowdfunding efforts more fruitful.

 

9 Effective Networking Tips for Composers - Musicgoat.com

Do your homework before you network.  

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- October 17, 2014

Weekly News Roundup- October 10, 2014

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Five Moral Dilemmas That Make Characters (& Stories) Better - Writer's Digest

Without moral dilemmas, your character won't experience growth. 

                           

Six Tips for Writing Minor Characters - The Passive Voice

Minor characters do have a major impact on your story.       

 

Film

                                                        

How Movies Trick Your Brain into Empathizing with Characters - WIRED

Feeling a little schizophrenic? You might be watching a movie.    

                                          

The Minimalist Guide to Making a Movie - Filmmaking Stuff

You don't need to wait for the perfect moment to make a film. 

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

Four Reasons You Should Sell Your Music by the Single - musicgoat.com

The release of singles may be back in a big way.

 

Niche Music Markets: How to Dominate Genres and Themes - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com

Sometimes the narrower the market, the better.  

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- October 3, 2014

Weekly News Roundup- September 26, 2014

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Books/Publishing

 

Lessons Learned from 3 Years as an Author-Entrepreneur - The Creative Penn

Joanna Penn describes her journey since leaving her career as an IT business consultant and becoming a full-time author. 

                           

What Does Editing Look Like? Behind The (Crime) Scene at The Editor's Screen - The Book Designer

A detailed look at what an editor actually does to your manuscript.       

 

Film

                                                        

How to Get Noticed as a Filmmaker - Filmmaking Stuff

Make your own breaks.    

                                          

Podcast Episode 41: Writing and Making a Feature - Projector Films

Two writers talk about the challenges, disasters, and triumphs they experienced directing their first film. 

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

Alternative Music Venues: Where Else Can You Play? - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com

Bars and weddings aren't the only places to play..

 

Music-making Advice from Musicians That Non-musicians Might Find Useful - Music Thing

A fun tool to help musicians and non-musicians find inspiration.  

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- September 19, 2014

Weekly News Roundup- September 12, 2014

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Books/Publishing

 

5 Ways to Beat Average - with Missy Tippens - The Seekers

The temptation to settle for a good word choice instead of the perfect word choice is always present when you're working on a book-length project. 

                           

6 Steps to Overcoming Social Media Writer's Block - Digital Book World

How to get over those moments when you just don't feel like promoting yourself on social media.       

 

Film

                                                        

Cameras Don't Make Movies, People Do - The Black and Blue

It's all about knowing how to use the camera you have.    

                                          

The Creative Process According to Francis Ford Coppola - Filmmaker IQ

The filmmaking legend says the writing is the most challenging part of filmmaking. 

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

Music Publicity Tips: Three Great Pieces of Advice - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com

Let them know you're a perk, not a pest.

 

If Not Now, When? - Start Singing NOW! - From the Front of the Choir

There is no time like the present to go after your dreams.  

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- September 12, 2014

Weekly News Roundup- September 5, 2014

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Quick Tip: Conduct an Author Website Audit - All Indie Writers

Is your website working for or against you?  

                           

3 Ways to Pare Down Your Prose - Beyond Paper Editing

Some advice for nonfiction authors.      

 

Film

                                                        

6 Filmmaking Tips from John Cassavetes - Film School Rejects

The art of improvisational filmmaking.    

                                          

How to Generate a Sticky Story Your Audience Will Love - Filmmaking Stuff

Do you know the core of your story? 

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

How to Sing - The Definitive Guide - From the Front of the Choir

It all starts with opening your mouth.

 

Studio Headphones: Tips for Best Use - Judy Rodman

Don't forget the value of ambient sound during a recording session.  

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- August 29, 2014

Weekly News Roundup- August 22, 2014

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