One of the things I think is important as a writer is to learn to write fast. Early on in your writing career, this is not necessarily vital; however, as time goes on, and especially if you begin to write professionally, you will probably need to write fast.
Now, granted, not everyone wants to learn to write fast, but one of the biggest arguments I hear against it is, “Doesn’t that mean I’ll write with less and less quality?”
I say … not necessarily.
Now, at the beginning, yes, and you have to adjust to that. The faster you write at the beginning, the less quality will probably show up in your work.
That’s because you’re not obsessing over every word, you’re not necessarily paying attention to spelling and punctuation and grammar. You’re just trying to get words out. They’re not necessarily great words, though!
However, here’s the thing: the more you write, the more you will get good at writing fast … and that includes the quality part, too.
In time, your fingers will find the keys to type the correct spellings and add the correct punctuations faster. In time, your thoughts will fly fast enough to allow you to use proper grammar. And, in time, your word choice and sentence structure will also improve.
Writing slow may offer you short term writing success. The words will look a little prettier when you first put them out, and as a beginner writer, that’s a lot more encouraging than glancing back over a bunch of squiggly red lines.
Also, it takes consistent practice both in short spurts and in longer endurance sessions to learn to fit more words into the time you have.
However, once you teach yourself to write fast as far as typing and forming words quick enough to type goes, your quality will begin to improve.
Also, think of it this way: writing is a skill you have to practice to get good at. How do you get better? Practice more. And that means writing more … more words.
The more you write, the better you will get, and if you start working on that habit now, and start learning to do more in a limited amount of time, you will skyrocket ahead all the other dreamers who want to finish a novel “someday” and the writers who only manage to eek out a few words a day (or less!).
That’s part of why I love challenges like NaNoWriMo and Go Teen Writers’s 100 for 100 challenge (though some day I want to offer something like 1,000 for 100—100 words is not a lot per day!). They teach you to write consistently—and in the case of NaNoWriMo, quite a lot. Both of these are vital skills for any writer!
In addition, challenges such of these do not need to be limited to big official websites like these. No, you can set these types of challenges for yourself.
Using spreadsheets, journals, and other methods of tracking their writing, with peers for accountability, I know many writers who keep what I call the “NaNo spirit” going all year round!
I’d encourage you to be one of those writers who challenges themself, when possible, to go the extra mile. To see writing as a marathon you need to consistently train for—not as an occasional exercise you do, are exhausted by, and forget about for several weeks.
However, everyone’s journey is different. Though I do think that, in time, you will have to learn to write fast if you want to make a career of writing … not every writer is planning to make a career out of writing. This leaves a lot more room for personal taste.
Maybe you just like to write slow. Maybe you don’t have time to practice and practice writing fast—you’d rather use what time you have to practice writing well without worrying about achieving top speeds.
However, let’s not going saying that, just because one lacks practice, that writing fast and well is not an achievable goal.
It totally is—and I’ve seen dozens of authors achieve this goal!
Thanks & have a splendiferous day, writers!
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