I really need to work on writing fluency. That’s what I discovered last month. It was a decent writing month, and I hit the goals that I set for myself (mostly), but every time I wrote, I kept struggling with how long I could actually sit down and concentrate on writing. So that’s what I’ve decided I’m going to focus on for April, and in fact, the rest of the year. I’m going to experiment and try different strategies other writers recommend to help build writing fluency.
I started March with 36,828 words and ended with 38,480. That’s a grand total of 1,652 words for March, which is still less than an average NaNoWriMo day, but way better than what I did last month. And since this year is a continuation of 2020, and I contracted Covid in March, I’m still content with my overall word count. I’m frustrated that I’m not making the progress I want, but I’m also not sitting still when I have every excuse to do so.
But I really, really want to build a higher word count average. This is also where I keep getting frustrated with my writing every time I sit down to write. It’s a motivation-killer.
You see, I made great writing progress. I accomplished my goals. I finished the inciting incident (mostly), just like I wanted, I published 2 blog posts, just like I wanted, I posted on Instagram several times, just like I wanted. I even did some extra things like updated my chapter synopses to match my outline on Scrivener, and I color coded based on plot structure rather than POV, which has been so helpful!
So I’m making progress, and I celebrate that, yet it’s not where I want to be. I want to publish a lot of books, and I want a quicker writing speed. Brandon Sanderson is my author career goals, and I know that writing at his pace is an unrealistic goal, yet it’s still something I aspire for. I have so many book ideas, and I want to actually write them, and if I don’t have the fluency, then I’m going to keep having a mountain of ideas stuck in my head that I can’t get out, and it’s only going to continue to be frustrating.
And I don’t think it’s a focus issue because I can crank out freewrites and outlines rather quickly, and in college, I could crank out a full essay from an outline the hour before it was due. Yet when I sit down to write a scene, I get 81 words in and want to pick up my phone and get on TikTok.
My brain is getting tired more quickly when I write stories than it does when I freewrite or outline, which means that’s a muscle I need to train.
So beginning April–that’s my writing skills focus. How to increase writing fluency & speed. If you have any tips that work for you, please share! I will try them all. For science. And my sanity.
- Research writing fluency and try out every suggestion I can find. Record the process and results here on this blog (and Instagram).
- Publish a blog post on writing fluency.
- Break 40k words.
- April starting word count: 36,480