I’m definitely in the write-slow camp. I credit it to all the years I spent as an editor. I can’t keep my hands from changing a sentence, a word, a punctuation mark. If I reread it, I’ll fix change it. This slows me down.
Write fast theory: just get the words on paper, don’t think too much, definitely don’t edit, let the creativity flow.
Write slow theory: plan it out, outline, polish as you go, be more organized, spend less time cleaning it up at the end.
How would you classify a goal of writing 2,000 words a day? Is that fast or slow writing? Based on how I write, I’d call it fast writing. But if you were Nicolas Sparks, you might think differently….
One of my favorite writing blogs is The Writing Life (click here) by agent Terry Whalin. He knows a lot about the business of writing and always has a good tidbit or two. This week he discussed an interesting article on Nicolas Sparks from Entertainment Weekly, . Considering our topic this week, the following quote caught my eye:
Really, is that all it takes? Six minutes? Piece of cake. Except the trouble is those 54 minutes aren’t really just staring at the computer—they are researching, dreaming, analyzing, watering the plants, planning the character arc, following the Hero’s Journey, etc.
I’m not a full-time writer, but I should be able to log at least an hour (or is that six minutes) of actual writing time a day. At 60 words a minute x 6 minutes I should aim for 360 words a day, or, about a page and a half. That actually sounds doable for me, the slow writer. Especially if only six of those minutes are spent typing.
What do you all think? Is Sparks onto something here? Using Spark’s formula, how much can you get done in a day?