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The Quest to Write Faster – Part II

Last week, I posted how I was on a quest to write faster and I’m still on that quest. This week, I’m going to lay out two more reasons why writing faster is something that I have to do.

I feel I must preface this by saying that writing faster does not mean that you have to write badly. If you write faster, you’re writing more words. When you’re writing more words, you’re seeing the mistakes that you make and every time that you write, those mistakes will begin to dwindle in terms of content, structure, grammar, etc. They say that it takes about one million words for a writer to really get their voice and write well. I don’t adhere to that but if you did believe that then writing faster would simply get you to t hat milestone quicker.

Writing fast does not equate to writing junk and that notion needs to be done away with if you are interested in productivity in your writing. I’ve only been doing this for a little bit now, just scratching the surface really, and I can tell you that this has made a great deal of difference.

The Quest to Write Faster – Part I

People go on quests for many different reasons. When we think of a quest, we’re normally thinking about some grand adventure of swords and heroes and damsels in distress. But once we strip the word down to its basic meaning, it simply means a mission. A goal.

Every novelist is on the same quest which is to finish that book that has been inside them forever. Some writers go about that in the George Orwell length kind of way. Like Animal Farm. Others go the Robert Jordan or James A. Michener kind of way. They take a REALLY long route to finish their quest.

Well, I personally do not have the desire nor the inclination to take a Robert Jordan type of path to get my novel out. I want to get it out as fast as I possibly can which means that I have to write fast. Not only must I write fast but I want to write fast. There are more than a couple reasons for this but today, I’m going to just give you two.