Become a Prolific Fiction Writer

This very simple but powerful tool will help you to:
  • Develop a daily writing habit
  • Massively increase your writing output
  • Master the art of writing in a fun and engaging way

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Writing Streak is a tool that will help you to write more. It looks like this:

Develop your daily writing habit

The best way to become a prolific writer is to develop a daily writing habit, and the best way to accomplish that is to begin and maintain a writing streak:

  • Set a specific daily word count goal.
  • Keep track of how many days in a row you successfully reach that goal.
  • Make this number grow as high as possible by never breaking your streak.
  • Keep it up until writing becomes a natural part of your daily life.

At the top-left corner of the app, you see your Writing Streak:

Above the editor, you see your writing timeline:

Each day shows you how many words you wrote, how close you are to accomplishing your daily goal, and how many minutes you have spent in an uninterrupted writing flow.

I recommend taking on a 30-Day Writing Challenge:

  • Commit to writing 5 days per week (Monday through Friday).
  • At least 250 words every day.
  • For the next 30 days.

Strive to write at the same time every day, ideally in the morning - get used to beginning each day with writing!

Focused writing with Writing Sprints

You will become much more productive if you learn to get into the writing "flow" (a state where 100% of your attention is focused on writing), and stay in that state for uninterrupted stretches of time, with short breaks in-between.

In the top-right corner, you see a timer. Set it for 20 minutes, write without interruptions, then take a 10 minute break and repeat.

Writers who try to enter the flow face two biggest obstacles: overthinking and distractions. To overcome both, use the Writing Sprints feature:

Sprints turn writing into a game:

  • When you start the timer, your health bar begins to decrease, and the only way to refill it is to keep typing.
  • If you get distracted or stop to think or edit for too long - your health will run out, and you will lose the sprint.
  • If you manage to keep writing for the whole duration of the sprint without running out of health - you win, and the time gets added to your "focused time" stat for the day.

Strive to gradually increase your focused writing time. Start with a 20-minute writing session every morning, once you get used to it - add one more.

Writing much faster with Typewriter mode

The biggest reason why people write slowly and get stuck is that they're trying to edit as they write. A surprisingly simple yet powerful way to significantly increase your output (and reduce the stress) is to clearly divide writing and editing into two separate steps. When you write, your job is just to produce words, imperfect and flawed, the raw material you will turn into quality writing when you edit.

That is why Writing Streak has a Typewriter mode - it disables your backspace and delete keys, and removes your ability to edit during your writing sprint. In addition to that, it has a Blurred mode - which blurs your text, making you unable to read it until you have finished writing.

Use these features to disable the critic/editor side of your brain, leaving you no other choice but to write.

Achieve your Writing Goals

Set long-term writing goals with specific deadlines, so that your daily writing adds up to a larger purpose.

  • The dotted line represents the ideal word count you should be reaching to achieve your goal on time.
  • The solid line represents how many words you actually wrote on any given day.
  • To stay on track, you need to make sure that the solid line stays above the dotted line.

Your first goal is to write 5000 words during the next month:
250 words per day * 20 workdays = 5000 words.

If you're up for a more ambitious challenge - go to the settings and adjust the numbers accordingly.

But remember, writing a little bit every day, consistently, is more important than aiming for the high daily word counts - succeed at a simple and attainable goal first, take on more difficult challenges later.

Accountability

Once you have committed to writing regularly, have set an attainable goal, and have learned to write in the flow, the only way to fail is to lose motivation and quit. To prevent that - find someone who will keep you accountable.

On your profile page, you see a calendar that displays your writing stats for the whole year:

You can keep your posts private if you want, but the calendar is visible to everybody. I highly recommend sharing the link to your profile with your friends and asking them to keep you accountable. If they notice that you started missing your writing days - have them give you a call or send you a message.

You can even make a bet with your friend, say that you'll give them $50 if they notice that you've missed some days. That will motivate you to keep going.

Looking for someone to keep you accountable? In our Discord server, we have #writing-buddies channel - find another writer, and commit to keeping each other accountable and giving each other feedback.

Community

Once you have successfully developed your writing habit, the next step is to increase your writing quality (notice that you should strive to increase quality only after you have learned to write regularly and gained some raw skill of just putting words on the page).

The best things you can do to increase your writing quality are:

  • Publishing your work, receiving feedback, and improving your writing based on it.
  • Giving feedback to others to get better at editing, and to learn from the successes and mistakes of others.

Publish your posts in our friendly and supportive community. Leave thoughtful, constructive, and helpful feedback for others. Remember the principle of reciprocity - the more you help other writers improve their work, the more likely they will help you with yours. And when someone left you some good feedback - give back, go to their profile, and comment on one of their posts.

Build your audience

Like on Reddit, the posts in our community can get upvoted, and the most popular ones rise to the top. The best posts receive the most attention, discussion, and feedback. Keep publishing to build your reputation and grow your audience!

If you already have a website - you can still write and publish here, your posts here will link to the posts on your website, sending you some traffic and an SEO boost. There's no better way to get your blog posts noticed than sharing them with the community of passionate writers. The best articles are also sent out to the mailing list of our readers, and shared on our social media accounts.

Share your work on social media as well. Our editor also has a feature that allows you to export your posts as images. Export your post, and publish it on Twitter:

This will help you to grow your audience on social media, and start gathering a group of dedicated fans who love to read what you have to say.

Start writing now!

Now it's time to start writing - create an account, and begin your writing streak today!


Pricing and Discounts

You can use Writing Streak for free for the first month - that will be enough to write for 30 days and establish your writing habit.

If you u enjoy this app and want to continue using it - you can subscribe to the premium version for $20 per month (the price will rise as this project grows and becomes more successful, but people who sign up early will keep the lower price they signed up for).

To the first 100 subscribers, I can offer a 50% discount.

To get a discount:

  • Write an honest review of Writing Streak and share it on your social media.
  • Email me a link to your post. In your email, also send me some feedback - list the top 3 things I could do to make this app more useful for you.
  • I will send you a discount code. You can enter it in the checkout form to sign up for a $10/mo subscription.

Contact, questions, and feedback

If you have any questions or feedback - send me an email:

lumenwrites@gmail.com.

You can also join our Discord and talk to me there (I'm lumen#7925).

This project is still in active development. If you notice any issues - let me know about them, it will really help me fix them quickly. If you can think of a feature that would make this tool more useful for you and others - it's likely that I'll be able to add it to the app. Don't hesitate to contact me!