Writing in Overdrive: Write Faster, Write Freely, Write Brilliantly

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Jim Denney is a veteran of both traditional and indie publishing. He has more than 100 published books to his credit, including the Timebenders science-fantasy series for young readers. In WRITING IN OVERDRIVE, he shows you how to:

• Write so fast you'll have no time for self-doubt.
• Organize your time and workspace to be more productive.
• Set ambitious yet attainable productivity goals.
• Overcome self-defeating habits and inner resistance to writing daily.
• Tap into the power of writing "in the zone" whenever you choose.
• Use powerful "writing rituals" to prepare yourself to write.
• Be aware and focused yet relaxed as you write.
• Become undistractible—even when surrounded by distractions.
• Leverage the motivational energy of NaNoWriMo.
• Eliminate writer's block.
• and much MORE.

You'll acquire skills you can road-test immediately on your current work-in-progress. Each principle is powerfully illustrated by stories from the author's own experience and from the lives of such prolific, successful writers as Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, John Steinbeck, Agatha Christie, Michael Moorcock, Ed McBain, Jack Kerouac, Raymond Chandler, and many more. You'll see how to apply these life-changing principles in real-life writing situations, and learn to write with phenomenal speed, confidence, and mastery, whether in traditional publishing or the indie publishing world.

Praise for Jim Denney's previous books:

QUIT YOUR DAY JOB! Sleep Late, Do What You Enjoy, and Make a Ton of Money as a Writer (A Writer's Digest Book Club Selection) — "Follow Jim Denney’s suggestions and you will be well on your way to making the dream a reality." —Novelist JAMES SCOTT BELL (author, The Art of War for Writers). "Jim Denney has written a book that every writer and every aspiring writer should own." —Novelist DEBORAH RANEY (author, The Face of the Earth). "Read Jim Denney’s book and save yourself much anguish." —Novelist JIM FREY (author, How to Write a Damn Good Novel). "If you think the writer’s life is for you, you must read this book." —Novelist ANGELA HUNT, (author, The Offering).

ANSWERS TO SATISFY THE SOUL by Jim Denney was hailed by Nebula-winning science fiction writer ROBERT J. SAWYER as a "brisk and enjoyable" book that "challenges, informs, enlightens, and yes, satisfies;" by leadership guru JOHN C. MAXWELL ("if you are on a quest for success, happiness, love, meaning, or God, this book is for you"); by psychologist and author Muriel James ("wisdom clothed in a lively, contemporary, conversational writing style … thought-provoking concepts").

THE MAGIC OF TEAMWORK by Pat Williams with Jim Denney garnered praise from novelist JAMES A. MICHENER ("a wise and needed book"), L.A. Lakers head coach PHIL JACKSON ("an outline for success in any business"), and television host LARRY KING ("a classic, one-of-a-kind … four stars!").

Product Details

  • File Size: 573 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Publication Date: June 22, 2013
  • Sold by:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DK02ORY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Thanks for the permission

14 helpful votes
 on August 27, 2013
By Nancy Hastings
This book was extremely helpful and freeing for me. As a beginning writer, I have had a tendency to obsess over my sentence structure and grammar to the point where the story itself suffers. It is as if the story itself was waiting for me to catch up with it. I knew the story was there to be written, but couldn’t get past the itch to “Tweak”. I had to learn what was important in writing, that the story needed telling first. The polishing could wait.

Not just waffle

11 helpful votes
 on August 21, 2013
By Meryl A. Ferguson
I’m a “write fast” proponent, so I was curious to see what Denney had to say. This book was a fascinating collection of reasons why you should write fast. I didn’t agree with all of them, but I found the arguments in his book compelling and incredibly well researched.

A Practical Approach to Achieving Your Writing Goals

5 helpful votes
 on February 9, 2014
By Filmorama
This was a fun read, and I found it very inspiring.

Smooth read, great research, flowing narrative

4 helpful votes
 on July 28, 2013
By Scott Moon
Writing in Overdrive: Write Faster, Write Freely, Write Brilliantly by Jim Denney is a well researched and motivational account of the creative process. Denney relates accounts of several renowned authors such as Ray Bradbury, Michael Moorcock, and Stephen King to name a few.

Best Way I’ve Found to Kick Start Your Writing

6 helpful votes
 on August 16, 2013
By Wallace Cass
Every writer finds themselves, at one time or another, stalled or blocked on a story. This is a fact of life for all of us and we all deal with it in different ways. Jim’s book offers techniques and background material that is VERY helpful in not only unstalling and unblocking the creative mind, but also to help get in touch with those inner resources that many don’t know how to access.

A Book To Guide You In Allowing Your Words To Flow

1 helpful vote
 on November 14, 2013
By Marian in Montana
I’m just about finished reading Jim Denney’s Writing In Overdrive: Write Faster, Write Freely, Write Brilliantly and I plan on re reading it immediately. I haven’t read a book that inspired me more or excited me more in a while. It’s a beautifully written book that reminds me of those all-too-few times when I allowed my Internal Editor to take a cruise and give me the freedom to soar as I wrote. He’s absolutely correct that there is something magical about allowing the critical mind to take a step back to allow the words to flow.

Great book about how to enter a state of "flow".

 on September 2, 2015
By T. Blackstone
This is a great book on how to write fast.

A very good writing book indeed.

1 helpful vote
 on January 7, 2014
By M. Gavin
When it comes to writing I think everybody just needs to do whats best for themselves, what works best for themselves, and if that means a slow steady go and that works for you, then good for you. I have tried it that way and what I have learned is that, to me, it just makes writing such a long drawn out laborious process. And not a lot of fun.

This Book Has Kicked Me Into Gear

 on March 20, 2014
By McKenzie Devlin
I’ve been one of those slow writers (my first book took 4 years), re-reading as I go, correcting as I go, and then self doubt creeps up. I think too, what he gets at is that the whole initial process is about the story, the overall storytelling. And plodding along hurts the storytelling, at least for me but this book helped me realize it. I did become bored with my first project. I was ready to scrap the entire thing and chalk it up to time wasted. Somehow I managed to finish but now after reading Writing in Overdrive – I’m already 20,000 words into my next book. I’m liking the faster moving process much better. And my memory is doing better too. He talked about ‘being in the zone’ which I have definitely felt while using his basic techniques. There are times I sat down at my computer before going to bed to check email and I ended up writing 3,000 words and could hardly stop. I had to force myself to go to bed and get some rest. This book is great. I like his straightforward approach, he tells you what will help, gives you recommendations and then backs it up by a little story or reference that isn’t too long or wordy. I will be referring back to this book time and time again.

Enter the Zone

 on September 25, 2014
By Joseph Adam Davis
The premise of this book is that fast writing is good writing. The writer should try and get his first draft done with as little editing as possible allowing his unconscious mind to write the story. Not overthinking as writing it, not stopping to do research while writing it and not trying to get perfect on the first take. This book is about getting your story out of you as quickly as possible and why that is important.

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