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2K-10K by Rachel Aaron: Review-authortoolbox

The cornerstone of rapid release is producing quick drafts. Rachel Aaron’s 2k-10K promises writers the elusive golden prize: extreme daily word counts.

Are extreme word counts possible?

As a painfully slow drafter, I was skeptical of this claim, as many writers who I know produce these kinds of word counts have draft that are so disastrous that editing them makes me want to put out my own eyes. Drafting this quickly couldn’t possibly product usable results. Surely, the author would lose any potential gains in the extensive editing process.

Aaron’s addresses these concerns by claiming that her method not only produces quicker results but that it will require less editing.

Faster drafting and less editing

Her basic message has three points

  1. Know exactly what you are going to write, i.e. have an extensive outline before you’re begin.
  2. Don’t write anything that you aren’t excited to write. The reasoning behind this is if you are dreading writing a scene it is because it is dead dull and consequently really doesn’t belong in the book.
  3. Record your output to identify when/where you are most productive

Once you have these steps in place the rest comes from practice.

Because Aaron’s formula for success hinges on a detailed outline before any writing can begin, she devotes the second part of the book to creating an outline. While I don’t see anything new here, her system (character-first) seems to more closely resemble K. M. Weiland’s Outlining You Novel than other popular methodologies. Since this is the foundation of her method, I was disappointed in the thin instructions at this level.

Not enough new information

While there is plenty of good advice in this book, I didn’t find much new information. I enjoyed the chapter titled “How I went from writing 2000 word per day to 10,000 per day,” Aaron’s story is inspiring and her excitement is infectious, but tangible take-away for the reader is lacking.

This book provides a good overview, but there are plenty of better sources that delve deeper into creating an outline and editing a draft. Overall, there was not enough information on the title topic. Aaron’s three points could be covered in a blog post. The rest of the book is tangential.

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M.L. Keller is a freelance writer and editor. Her blog "The Manuscript Shredder" is focused on helping emerging writers hone their craft.

One Comment

  • Susan Gourley

    Thanks for the review. There are so many books out there covering every aspect of the business. I once wrote 12,000 words in one day, but usually I’m happy with 1,000. One of her points I agree with is knowing exactly what you want to write, plotting the scene out ahead of time even if only in my head.
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