As a writer and perfectionist, I like to look for new ways to become better at what I do. I search through Google, browse Reddit and Twitter for any tips or answers to questions I have. During one of these recent searches, I came across ‘The 2kH Formula: How To Instantly Write At Least 2,000 Words PER HOUR’ and acquired it for reading.
Two thousand words an hour sounds… well it’s not impossible, but is it realistic? So I read it because I was curious as to what secret the author had to share. I will say immediately that it was a disappointing read, but maybe it’s unfair to call the book disappointing (just because it didn’t meet my expectations). It is rated as 3.48 on Goodreads so people must have liked it. Although, I would personally value it around 1.0.
The book’s description was interesting to me: “Using the 2kH Formula, he was able to write over 2,000 words per hour, write the entire book in just 4 hours, and produce an Amazon Best Selling Book in the process”. Writing a book in 4 hours is a writer’s dream… especially if it will become a best-seller. It is an intriguing concept, but one has to stop and think about the quality and length of such a book to realise that this ‘secret’ is nothing else than just straightforward advice.
This formula is nothing new to those who have been around the block for a while, it certainly is useless to those that have been writing professionally. However, I have to make this point to be fair to the author: it seems that the book was directed to those with no writing knowledge and experience; to those that want a quick solution to their writing problems; to those that have no time to search the internet for answers. The book is short, follows a straightforward nonfiction pattern and is written in a simple language. Not that it is bad, it is the type and style book that it is, but I feel like the book was pointless and I don’t understand the good reviews and popularity the book has received.
Maybe it was my fault, that I made myself believe that there is some magic pill or formula that’s going to make me to be able to write 2,000 words each hour I spent in front of my laptop; that I will be able to finish that goddamn first draft in a week or so, but I should have known better. Still, the book is not worth paying for, in my opinion – there is much better advice for free online.
I don’t have much to say about this book. I didn’t like it; the narration was simple (that was the author’s intention, he made that clear); the formula is nothing new or revealing – it is just a basic advice (which I won’t reveal here, but you can guess) on how to structure, plan and execute 2000 words an hour. In addition, the formula is geared more to non-fiction writing – further reducing the book’s value to me as a fiction writer.
The formula, presented in the book, works and I can see how someone can write 2000 words an hour using it, sure. But the quality of that writing will be sub-par; any plots or characters developed will be superficial, wafer-thin (the same end result could be reached using automatic writing). It can work for non-fiction and if your audience wants a straightforward, simple and basic answers to questions, but the contents of the book aren’t worth paying for. Go to Reddit or Google and you will receive much better advice for free.
I guess the main criticism I have for this book is that the reader is charged for one of the most basic writing advices ever. The title is catchy and promised you the paradise land, but the content of the book – the formula – is nothing else but a beginner’s advice. If the book was free, I wouldn’t be so critical of it, but it’s not free…
However, genuine congratulations to Tim Castleman, he did write a best-seller in a few hours – that must be respected, despite what I would think of the writing myself.