Today I wanted to share about a writing style that I’ve discovered works really well for me. My husband Aaron gave it the name “Limit Break Writing” and I couldn’t have said it better myself.
The term Limit Break, if you’re not familiar with it, comes from the game Final Fantasy VII. While you’re in combat, damage you take builds up your ‘limit’ bar, and when that bar is full you get to do a special move, your “Limit Break”.
These special moves punctuate the regular moves you’re able to do, and usually swing the battle in your favour, as they are quite powerful.
I’ve been writing in a new and fabulous way. I plan first. I plan and think and ask questions and do research. I do all my regular moves. And then one morning my limit bar is full and I go to the cafe and write like the Dickens. I write for four, five, even six hours, straight. And I mean I write, like, fingers flying on the keys, words pouring out at a solid one thousand words an hour.
It’s invigorating. It’s encouraging. It’s gettin’ shit done.
I feel like a writer when I’ve finished one of these sessions.
I’m now just over 34,000 words, of around 80,000. This has all been written in Limit Breaks, in 3000 and 4000 words chunks, sitting in the JJ Bean near my house on Commercial Drive.
I edit a bit before and after the Limit Break hits, but mostly it’s just pounding the keys at break neck speed.
It feels damn good. It makes me plan and get all my ducks in a row, so I actually know where I’m going with things. And when I can hold it in my mind, see the characters and plot and the next unfolding of events, I can channel this amazing force of concentration and productivity, and get a book written.
Thanks for reading.