In 2012, fiction author Monica Leonelle made a life-changing decision to learn to write faster. Through months of trial and error, hundreds of hours of experimentation, and dozens of manuscripts, she tweaked and honed until she could easily write 10,000 words in a day, at speeds over 3,500 words per hour!
She shares all her insights, secrets, hacks, and data in this tome dedicated to improving your writing speeds, skyrocketing your monthly word count, and publishing more books. You'll learn:
Recommended for serious authors, both beginner and advanced, who want to improve their output this year!
Write Better, Faster: How to Triple Your Writing Speed and Write More Every Day will help you kick your excuses and get more writing done. As part of the Growth Hacking for Storytellers series, it explores how to hack your writing routine to be more efficient and more productive and have a ton of fun in the process!
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I read the print version of W.B.F. at the very beginning of my novel adventure. At the time I was hungry for a process, any process and was blissfully inspired that Monica provided such clear, thorough and above all, seemingly PRACTICAL advise. I loved her "this is what worked for me..." approach; and that she went a step further to "no, seriously THIS IS WHAT I DID" followed by data and details and breakdowns and real world samples. It was an inspiration. The audio version is, dare I say, almost a better experience because, in this era of the podcast (so happy Monica is finally launching her own!) I don't know...somehow HEARING this stuff sinks in in a way that feels more authentic, if you catch my drift? I don't know if I'm saying this right but it almost feels like I'm taking a class and listening to the tips hits my brain in a different way. It's 9 hours of audio and it definitely passes the "long run with headphones" test. The hard copy is a great resource and it's something that I'll return to as a reference, the audio version was a fantastic experience.
Ironically what I like best is the stuff I initially thought, "I don't know if I'm going to like this"....the unit where Monica shows how she goes from outline to beats to writing using her own book as an example. I thought...no way, this will be way too repetitive and I'll zone out. But once I started listening....it just works. you get the bare bones, then the expanded version and then the final version and after about three full examples, it really crystallizes as...YES this is how the creative brain works. it was very illuminating. painting a picture in your head as to how to really break things out...AND really drives home the point of starting with the skeleton and working through the process until you have cracked the code.
This is one of the better non-fiction audiobooks that I have listened to. Her voice is crisp, pleasant and soothing but not in a put you to sleep kinda way. excellent diction, great breath control (never noticed...probably a testament to the editing as well) and above all, able to get the performance of Monica's humor and delivery in a way that I imagined Monica probably sounds talking about it.
All of the tips an suggestions in this book are golden.
I highly recommend!!!
Monica Leonelle is my self publishing mentor. No, I’ve never met her, or even spoken with her, but her books are the backbone of my knowledge base on operating a business as an indy author. Unlike a lot of the books on self publishing out there, Monica’s books are packed full of actionable information. There’s no padding or fluff here. Not a single word of it. This book is all vital, take-it-to-the-bank advice on writing and advancing your business. The production quality here is top-notch and professional, and I hope her other books come out in audio soon. If you’re serious about a career as an author, Monica Leonelle’s Write Better Faster should be the first book you buy. You won’t need much more. I simply cannot recommend it highly enough. An enjoyable read that left me feeling empowered as a writer and entrepreneur.
I was very pleased with this audio book. There was the right balance of the author's experience combined with actionable advice.
Monica is really open and honest in her trials and obstacles in working to improve her writing speed. We hear about what worked and what didn't.
The narrator brought the story to life. As so much of the book is from the author's own experiences, including a diary section that could be a bit much to read is quite enjoyable to experience in audio.
I will certainly be recommending this book to my author friends.
Monica Leonelle does a great job in this book by setting up manageable steps to optimize your writing time. As a writer, the second half of her book is invaluable in showing us her own process and progress toward writing faster. Highly recommend if you're looking to increase your overall speed in writing.
I'm something of a legend around here.
This is by far one of the best audiobooks I've heard on writing, and I've listened to a number.
Monica Leonelle breaks authors' misconceptions about a career in writing one at a time, in the process showing readers how to write more words per hour and more hours per day.
Monica includes her writing diary in the book. It was an inspiring view of how she herself navigated through the troubled waters of an early writing career.
Monica talks about writing endurance, and of all the books on writing I've read, none even touch this incredibly important topic. She breaks down how to write more hours per day and what techniques she uses to keep the act of writing enjoyable and sustainable.
The narrator is great.
An excellent book that is full of tools, concrete steps and practical advice. It has already helped me improve my own workflow and see immediate results.The author's honest self-assessment and discussion of things such as focus, discipline, habit formation and growth hacking was a refreshing.
The ‘Life of a Writer’ diary included in as an appendix was an interesting and useful glimpse into the interactive process of self-knowledge and discovery and helps to highlight how growth hacking is such a personal journey (not a cookie-cutter template).
The narration by Cindy Piller is Excellent.
love this book because of its information it's about beats I did not know you could do that and the personal reading the book is great to
She will go into her own story then pull out the beats
More than a book on writing faster, a look behind the scenes of a rising star.
The first half of Write Better, Faster is packed with step-by-step training, awesome examples, and the tools needed to improve your writing on so many levels, not just your word count.
In the second half, Appendix: Life of a Writer Diary, which was my favorite, we not only get a peek inside Monica's life, but a front row seat as she takes on a two month quest to create a daily writing habit. Her struggles, successes, ups and downs...it's all there.
Monica's honesty and commitment to the craft shine through making this one of the best books on writing I've ever read.
The narrator did a fine job bringing the pages to life, well done.
After listening to Write Better, Faster, I realized that if I want serious results with my writing, I have to take my writing seriously.
First thing I'm going to do is start tracking my progress, then it's on to the next book in the Growth Hacking for Storytellers series, Nail Your Story!
I find I have the time to listen to audiobooks better than read and comprehend written books. There are some elements of the audiobook that didn't translate well into the audio book. I'd really recommend getting both so you can more easily follow the examples. It's easy to get lost when examples are being given between beat and outline as a spoken presentation for example.
Her story about how she got to a point where she could systematically work her writing projects like any work project. It was an epiphany for me.
If you're familiar with Monica already and are already familiar with her spoken style it can be a bit jarring to have a different lady vocalizing her words but you get used to it.
A realistic guide of learning how to speed up one's writing.
I read this story--and then I listened to it. Reading it---I enjoyed the first part; about how she worked on obtaining her goal to write. She gives examples, uses one of her stories to show how; and shows via spread sheets how she tracked and monitored her progress.
BUT--it was the audio of her diary while she walked through and worked this process which touched me the most. Because it made the author *real* who struggled with the same things I did--guilt, real life side-lining the writing, day job (in her case it was free lance work) interfering), and fear. I'd tried reading it, but listening to it was *so* much better. I walked away with a realistic expectations and understanding that pursuing anything requires hard work and learning to make a system for one's self that works expressly for you. Don't skip this--you miss such a rich description of real-life struggle of trying to increase writing fiction.
There were no particular characters--but I love this narrators voice. It kept me interested, the voice is crisp, clear, with great nuances.
There are few things I am taking away from this book:
1. It's never too late to start, but YOU have to start writing.
2. You have to work on finding a writing system, make it work for you. Such as when you write, where you write, and how you write. This is fluid.
3. Be open to new ideas and opportunities.
4. Challenge yourself. What do you have to lose?
There was only one thing that I have to say that I struggled with---and it was probably out of envy on my part. Monica towards the middle and end of her personal writing challenge did the majority of her greatest word count by voice recording. I love this idea, but it may not work for me (and yeah, I'm just being a bit negative, I'm working on this). The author did this to save the pain in her fingers and hands from typing so much, so fast. (For further information on this read/listen to Dictate your Book by Monica Leonelle). It inspired me, but realistically, I have to ponder what I have to say--and I like to see words on the page. Plus the cost of the equipment. (I know, whine, whine, whine--I am, I admit it). So--what I'm taking from this is:
1. Challenge myself. LEARN how to do this.
2. Work on shaping my story (outlining) --I am actually excited to get Monica's book on that.
3. Quit being negative... nothing gets accomplished without trying new things and making it work for you in your way.
I HIGHLY suggest this book, if you are a writer trying to get more words out--this will inspire you, give you ideas (Than I suggest the 8 minute writing habit). For me this works. I hope it works for you.
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