Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Randy Speeg

Book Review: 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love

Rachel Aaron’s book is filled with tons of gems that will assist any new writer in improving both the speed and the quality of their craft.

The first part of this book focuses on the methods Rachel devised to increase her own word counts without increasing the number of hours she wrote.

Rachel’s system is simple and easy for any writer to begin implementing themselves. However this is not a get fast quick method. To get started will require writers to analyze their own writing habits over the course of weeks to months and then make changes to how they go about their writing times and methods. But everything Rachel lays out here makes sense and I do believe the results will come to those who use this system.

The second part of the book focuses on how to go about planning out the plot structure of your novel before you begin the actual writing of it. This leads directly back to one of the tenants of Rachel’s system in knowing what you are writing before you start. Overall, everything she talks about here is solid advice every writer can take to heart and add to their tool bag.

The back third of this book focuses on the editing of your novel after the writing is done, and again it’s all solid information every writer should utilize. However this brings me to the one issue I had with this book. There are numerous typing errors throughout the book that are quite distracting to the reader. Which makes me wonder if she even followed her own advice on the editorial process of this book? Or did she hire an editor who could not or did not edit the book properly?

Either way, grammatical errors like this are not expected to be found in a book about writing, and especially one which devotes several chapters to the very subject.

One additional thing I noticed which could be improved upon is in the first part of the book where Rachel shows an example of her word count logs. I’m sure this data would look great presented in a spreadsheet like table, but the way it’s presented in this eBook makes it hard to look at and immediately understand. Some better formatting would go a long way in this particular situation.

Overall, I did enjoy this book, and there is great advice here that I plan to incorporate into my own writing. The book is only one good proof read and edit away from getting a 5 star review from me. As it stands today, it is still a valuable resource I would recommend to any new writer.