#177 How to Write 5000 Words Per Hour with Chris Fox – Self Publishing Podcast

Self Publishing Podcast

Chris Fox is the author of ‘5000 Words Per Hour,’ and it’s more than just a flashy title. Okay, it IS a flashy title, but it can be done. Today, Johnny, Sean, and Dave dig into Chris’s theory, and how he applies it in everyday writing.

  • Something cool: Amazon’s series Hand of God, a surprisingly deep Trainwreck, and Sean almost destroyed his daughter’s innocence.
  • First, Chris Fox’s ‘5000 Words’ title is misleading, designed to get attention, sort of. It actually came from a challenge: you CAN write 5,000 wph, but there’s a trick to it. Find out what it is.
  • You might be worried about very rough draft, and in the beginning, you will. However, a little neuroscience and self-training can improve the quality, and get highly usable material.
  • Want to know how many hours are left to finishing your novel as you’re writing your 5k per hour? Yep. There’s an app for that.
  • Find out how Chris uses his strategy and app – there’s no excuse for not having enough time.
  • Ever wonder what drives you to Starbucks every day? You can train that part of your brain to make writing consistently a habit as well.
  • Learn how to tap into the ‘zone,’ where you do your best work. Often your wph will be much higher than when you sit tinkering with words and paragraphs.
  • So what do you do when you hit a place when you have no idea what to write or what to do next? Writing sprint! But also, if you can’t think of what to write, then you’re not ready to write yet.
  • How you, too, can be good at dictation. Or not.
  • Wondering how much prep goes in before a writing sprint? Chris talks about what he puts into a story before the sprint.


  1. September says:

    This podcast (+ Monica’s book about writing better faster) inspired me to try writing while walking. I’m not ready to invest in Dragon yet, so I just used google voice to dictate an email to myself on my phone, then copied and pasted into Scrivener when I got home. I walked and talked for 10 minutes, then went in the house and set the timer to edit for another 15. I didn’t stop when my timer went off, but finished the section I was working on. It’s still a rough draft for sure, but I got 1075 words out of about 40 minutes of (nonfiction) writing – way faster than anything I’ve done up to this point, and I definitely hit that sense of flow. Thanks for a great episode!

  2. Will never buy one of your shitty products because you mocked people with Tourette’s. Fuck off and get cancer.

    • OK

    • David Wright says:

      I wasn’t mocking anybody. My EXACT QUOTE was “Can you get it (Dragon Dictate) to ignore your Tourette’s?”, and I was referring to my own tics. I’ve had OCD, and very likely Tourette’s since I was around seven. No, I’ve never been officially diagnosed, and don’t talk about it much as the physical manifestations aren’t nearly as bad as they were when I was younger. I used to get made fun of for various tics, noises, etc. I’ve mentioned having OCD on our shows on a few occasions, but don’t like to call attention to the other half of the equation, as it only makes people look at me even more, wondering if what I am doing is a tic, some OCD thing, etc.

      But thanks for the lovely wish, and for mocking cancer.

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