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2k to 10k: Writing Faster (book review)

On Mike Dariano

I've been on a book reading binge lately, as often happens when the weather gets cold in Ohio. Aside from dog walks, my time outside is limited and it allows me to do some reading. Upon the suggestion of Dan Andrews, I bought the $0.99, 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love.

I chose it because both my kids are now in school at the same time, and three hours, three days a week*, I get to work on some projects. The low cover price and high title promise made the purchase an easy one and I was not disappointed. I would read a book like this every week. It was the perfect scope and length for the issue of writing more.

The book is based on three tenets that Rachel Aaron found as the keys for writing more:

Aaron writes, "If you want to write faster, the first step is to know what you're writing before you write it." I slapped my forehead at this, not because of how obvious it is, but because how universally it can be applied - but I wasn't applying it. I'm always living a better life when I'm planning meals out for the week instead of scrambling (eggs), I have better days when I know what to do, and when, and I have better meetings with my students when we have a structure to begin our conversations from. On pragmatic terms, I've recently switched to using WorkFlowy to manage what I do next and it's worked beautifully. I've lost the meandering time I once had when wondering or deciding what to do next and just jump into my list. After realizing this Aaron now spends five minutes on laying out plans for what to write.

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