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5,000 Words Per Hour: Write Faster, Write Smarter

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Includes a free spreadsheet to help you track and improve Words Per Hour. 5,000 Words Per Hour also has a companion app available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch!

The fastest way to succeed as an author is to write more books. How do you do that with a day job, family, school or all your other time commitments? The secret is efficiency.

5K WPH will help you maximize your
Kindle Edition, 120 pages
Published June 21st 2015 (first published June 18th 2015)
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Manuel Antão
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Feckless Writing: "5000 Words Per Hour - Write Faster, Write Smarter" by Chris Fox

I spend “a lot” of staring-off-into-space time doing stargazing...and find it leads not only to better scenes in my reviews, but to literature work that really hangs together. I used to write 1-3,000 words a week in my reviews...but then I felt I spent my life editing. Now, I become very suspicious of myself once I go over 1,000 words at a sitting, but th
Quick review for a quick read. I read this book in about 45 minutes. It was a solid read covering writing sprints and a basic understanding of how to be more productive in one's writing practice. I though Chris Fox did a good job combining his advice on writing with his experiences, but I didn't get as much out of this book as other writing guides.

Overall score: 3/5 stars.
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great books. Helpful tips. I will definitely employ them. I do many of them, so it was good to get the validation. Great chapter on mind set. And congrats to Chris for changing his life.
Elizabeth Spencer
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
5,000 Words per Hour is a well-written little writing book dedicated entirely to increasing your writing output. It suggests you do word sprints--short periods of time where you write and do nothing else but write--on a strict schedule, and push yourself to write more and more in that period every day.

Here's his system in a nutshell:

* Find a special writing place where you (ideally) write and do nothing else.

* Pick a time when you will write every single day.

* Do writing sprints. Start out at 5
Robin Lee Hatcher
Since I have written and published over 75 books, I can't say that I discovered anything new in this short book. And it isn't going to change me from a mostly-pantser to a full-out plotter. The "rolling plot" way of writing seems to work for me. However, I am a believer in writing daily, writing in blocks of assigned writing time, putting everything in to your time at the computer, etc.

If you want to be a writer and can't seem to get started or if you are a writer who just can't seem to be produ
K.M. Weiland
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you want to write 5,000 words an hour, this is the book to teach you how to do it. Full of practical and practicable ideas, many of which I already use myself, although not quite to same the extreme.
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very thought provoking. The majority of these tips and suggestions for increasing writing speed sound like they could be helpful to a lot of people, depending on your writing style. Some apply to both plotters and pantsers but Fox seems to prefer hardcore plotting himself and some of the speed with which he's encouraging you to write will only possible if you know what you're writing EXTREMELY WELL ahead of time, which just won't work for all of us.

The only tip I personally would outright rejec
Have you tried a writing sprint in which you continuously write w/o stopping typing--and w/o being distracted and w/o going back and fixing anything including typos--for a duration of somewhere between 5 - 30 min?

If not, then read it, practice it. You won't be sorry. I already started on 5-minute sprints.

It's not a quick fix. It's not terribly new either--in fact, he draws on a lot of other areas-- exercise interval training, programming agile development, continuous improvement (originating fro
Melissa McShane
I got the 2019 NaNoWriMo Storybundle and this was in it. I read it because despite being a very fast writer, I'm always looking for tips for improvement. Most of the advice this book offers is good, and it suggests not only ways to improve writing speed, but how to stop futzing around with your book and actually complete it. On the other hand, it turns out I'm already doing what he suggests (for the most part) and improving my speed is going to be a matter of learning to type faster and/or dicta ...more
G.R. Matthews
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
It is motivational and may be doable... I might give it a go.
Some excellent tips. I of course read it right through and have not done any of the exercises at this stage, because I am too busy outlining my next novel. But I will certainly try them and see what they do for me.

Here's one quote which I thought was a gem:

Many writers have a psychological hangup that is perpetrated by the traditional publishing world. If you write fast then you must write crap, right? That is patently false. Your ability to wordsmith is not diminished by writing quickly. Writin
Suz Jay
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-writing
This is the second book I've read in Chris Fox's Write Faster, Write Smarter series. Like the Lifelong Writing Habit, I found 5,000 Words Per Hour a fast and enjoyable read, packed with useful and easily implementable advice. Fox also includes the excercises at the back of the book to allow the reader to access them easily. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on mindset. I look forward to reading the other books in this series and hope that Fox continues to release more series titles. ...more
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nook
Write 5000 words an hour⭐️
Can I write 5000 words an hour? No. Its a process. Maybe I will get there.
But what i really liked about this book was that it was quick and to the point with information you have probably heard but its always nice to have a reminder.

Notes to take away...
Write every day.
Track how many words and how long youve written.
Create a spot for writing and only for writing. It will help you get in the writing mood.
Clear all distractions.

General plot. Who is your protagonist?
C.L. Cannon
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm really excited to try some of the methods outlined by Chris. I am a pantser, and I'm also an editor by profession, so resisting the urge to go back and make changes, fact check, or correct typos is exceptionally hard. It's so hard that I just had to backspace and change 'very hard' to 'exceptionally hard' because it didn't feel like a strong enough description! However, I am going to try this method out as soon as I read Chris's other book on plotting. Hopefully, going in with a full arsenal ...more
Iseult Murphy
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It works

Great book advocating discipline and being prepared. Not new things, of course, but very well laid out and described by the author. Best of all, his exercises really work. I’m now writing more in a day than I ever thought possible without spending hours and hours at the computer.
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
I find this book thoroughly American: obsessed with infinite growth, "efficiency", working for 12 hours a day, even writing on Christmas (?), and somehow the author's weight loss is relevant to this whole endeavour. Fox keeps mentioning his six figure salary - which at first I thought was related to his writing - but is actually from his job making iPhone apps, which is completely unrelated to his writing except that this book is basically one big advertisement for his app.

According to Fox,

Jolie Pre
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book for increasing output and speed. In addition, the author shares some personal thoughts about how he achieved a better life. Highly recommended. Be sure to download the app, as well. (Not required, but I'm glad I did.) ...more
Nikki Caine
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Like the pomodoro technique this book is about setting timed periods to work. In this case it's timed writing. Nothing earth shattering here but follow the exercises and it will work for you
Emmeline Lock
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-ebook
Great, fast information. Sensible, doable stuff.
Chele Cooke
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable and helpful

I read through this on the bus to and from work, and so haven't done all of the exercises yet, but I'm setting it all up and did my first three sprints. The fact he mentioned that I might be sitting in a bus and not able to do the exercises right then did creep me out a little (how did he know??)
All in all, a short but useful little book that is all about doing, not just theory and pretty words. Would recommend it to other writers.
Jery Schober
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great advice about what you really need to write faster, nicely written. Loved the last chapter about mindset. A short book, but it says everything it needs to say and does not gloss over the fact that it takes hard work to succeed.
Can't wait to implement the new strategies. Recommended for every writer who wants to raise their wordcount and developd a new mindset.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Books like this explain why self-publishing had become the dump spot for people who try to make a quick buck. With books titled 5000 Words per Hour, Write to Market, and Launch to Market, Chris Fox himself is the grandmaster of the fiction mill. He sells the dream that people can vomit up drafts after drafts of thoughtless wordsmithing while patting them in the back convincing what they just hurled into the page is of any quality. 

To start with, he advocates something he called "Writing Sprint"
Sep 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: writing
This little ebook was written in a lively manner.

However, it turns out that in my case it is only partially useful because my longer writing, outside of blogging and writing reviews on here, is all done in handwritten form first. I can really get into the feel and emotion of writing short fiction or poetry if I write it all out by hand initially. Being as messy as I like is a plus for me. Typing from the start gives me a feeling of being restricted.

This book is directed more at writers who typ
Stephanie Bibb
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Though I considered myself fairly fast at writing, I'd read good reviews of 5,000 Words Per Hour and had a chance to get it free if I signed up for Chris Fox's non-fiction newsletter. Since I was looking for a writing-related book to read, I decided to give it a shot.While it's too soon to see results, I've gone ahead and started trying to track my time and word counts. At the moment I'm still working primarily on editing, so seeing how many written words per hour I can manage is going to take a ...more
Katherine Owen
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great resource for all writers to increase writing output. Quick read.
Amanda Alexandre
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Habit. Discipline. Voice dictation. Start with micro-sprints of 5 minutes. Repeat and track your progress. Increase your Sprint time to 1 hour. Have a victorious mindset.
Heather Gilbert
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
Excellent advice and almost makes me think I can do this. ;)
Allison Tebo
DNF. Not a bad book and I will finish it at some other date, just wasn't the right right time for me. ...more
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WARNING about this review and this book: To those who are firm "pantsers" (those who write by the seat of their pants - aka by feel) this will likely not help you, and may actually hinder your progress. You will require a very different approach. (You, may like Stephen King's On Writing.) For ME, this was very valuable, because I am an odd brew that I'd summarize as a cross between pantser and plotter. This book (and review) is more for people who are either plotters OR a combination.

This is a s
Katherine Evans
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Seems like a good book for beginning writers who struggle with completing projects, however as a not-quite beginner who has so much on their plate that trying to finish a WIP has become impossible (this after having completed seven novels in just shy of four years), I feel like this method has saved my writing career. The concept of creating a sacred writing space and time to do purposeful, unrelenting sprints has opened up an entirely new world of possibilities for me.

Case in point, there was a
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