Have you ever been confused about what to write and then when you manage to scribble some things you realise that it’s nowhere near your anticipated word count? Now, let’s settle that today as we look at 5 simple ways to increase your word count even if you are a newbie writer.
This is very challenging especially when you have an entry to submit or a writing gig to meet up with. Instead of shuddering at the thought of not being able to meet your word count target, read this article to the end, for in here lies 5 proven hacks that can help you boost your word count.
These tips can also be applied when writing your book. Let’s dive in:
WRITE ABOUT WHAT YOU KNOW/LOVE.
There’s a quote I learnt as a teenager that everyone is a scholar in his area of interest.
Imagine you were asked to talk/write about what you love or know so much about, I’m sure you will go on without getting stuck or bored, just the same way I can’t get tired of sharing writing tips.
This is an easy way to boost your word count. Start writing about your likes, area of interest and about topics you are conversant with; this will make you struggle less.
You don’t know what do write?
Fine! What are you knowledgeable about? Write on it and watch how the length of your content will turn out to be.
READ A LOT
You can’t reproduce on paper what you don’t have in your mind. If your reservoir is empty, your content won’t be any better.
I can’t agree more with Lisa See when she said, “read a thousand books and watch your words flow like a river.”
Reading voraciously opens your mind to a wide range of ideas you can write about to enlarge your content.
You will struggle to write much when you don’t have enough information about the subject you want to write on.
Dedicate a few hours daily to read at least a book, few articles or blog posts; just keep reading. As your reservoirs fill up and your knowledge base expands, your word count will naturally increase.
Whenever a topic is before you, do some research to see what others have written about it. This will not only help you understand the topic better but also gives you a broader perspective to craft your content.
Researching can help you come up with verifiable facts and figures that can spice up your content and it will also expose you to information that will be very valuable to your audience.
Master the art of researching and see how rich and unique your content will become. The more information you have about a subject, the more you can write on it.
CREATE AN OUTLINE
Simply creating a structure like introduction, definition, types, examples, why this, what is the use of this, how to do this, challenges of this, the importance of this, the secret of this, how to handle XYZ challenges, etc. trust me your word count will triple.
Although you might alter one or two on the outline, your content must be organized. You can sort this out during rewriting. Creating an outline for your content guides you on how your thoughts will flow in each paragraph.
For instance, you want to write about, “the concept of saving” before you finish explaining what saving is about, the challenges, reasons why people don’t save, benefits and various ways people can save, your word count would have increased.
Now imagine you decide to write on 7 effective ways to save or 11 benefits of saving, explaining the different points with practical examples will boost your word count.
These hacks can be used for any topic of your choice.
How can you write 15,000 words when you’ve not mastered how to write 1000 – 5000 words, or write 80,000 words when you’ve not learnt how to write 25,000 words repeatedly.
It all boils down to practising; the more you write, the better you become at it and the easier it is to expand and go beyond your capacity.
Master a certain word count limit, then work towards doubling it, repeat until you can become a prolific writer.
Check here to know what will happen if you go below or above your designated word count: https://answers.roehampton-online.com/faq/170049
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