Book Review: 2K to 10K

2,000 to 10,000: How to Write Faster, Write Better, and Write More of What You Love

Rachel Aaron

“Have you ever wanted to double your daily word counts? Do you feel like you’re crawling through your story, struggling for each paragraph? Do you want to get more words every day without increasing the time you spend writing or sacrificing quality? It’s not impossible, it’s not even that hard. This is the story of how, with a few simple changes, I boosted my daily writing from 2000 words to over 10k a day, and how you can, too.”

Expanding on her highly successful process for doubling daily word counts, this book–a combination of reworked blog posts and new material–offers practical writing advice for anyone who’s ever longed to increase their daily writing output. In addition to updated information for Rachel’s popular 2k to 10k writing efficiency process, 5 step plotting method, and easy editing tips, this new book includes chapters on creating characters that write their own stories, story structure, and learning to love your daily writing. Full of easy to follow, practical advice from a commercial author who doesn’t eat if she doesn’t produce good books on a regular basis, 2k to 10k focuses not just on writing faster, but writing better, and having more fun while you do it.

This book was recommended to me by a writer friend as a motivating book to increase writing productivity and improve the quality of writing output.  I was a tad skeptical when I started this book, as I’ve read many advice books before and gleaned nothing much from them.  Rachel Aaron, though, writes with energy and enthusiasm and, above all, creates a very clear roadmap for how to increase your writing productivity and how to generate stronger writing.

Admittedly, there’s nothing too terribly new in here, as the formula involves analyzing your own productivity and habits and doing a lot of planning and pre-writing before you start writing for the day.  But the kicker here is that she lays is out clearly and effectively, and her enthusiasm is contagious.  To add to this 2K to 10K enthusiasm, Aaron also spends time talking about the importance of proper plot development and character creation — and then ties it all back to the 2K to 10K model.

It’s a helpful and very motivating little book.  I can see it being very helpful to newer authors, but also something more experienced and successful authors could benefit from.  2K to 10K is easily one of the best writing books I’ve read in a long time.

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