Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Writing at a Snail's Pace

I'm one of the slowest writers I know. I read where a lot of people are able to tear ass through a draft in a month's time. Not me. I'm too worried about the writing to go so fast. I second guess myself every step of the way. I need to stop this. Is there a cure for writing sloth?


Christa M. Miller said...

Outlines help me. I'm a big-picture person, so if I have at least a rough idea of where I'm headed, I can write more speedily and be able to set up the end more readily.

Otherwise, don't discount what may be your natural rhythm. If that's what it takes to put out a good story, don't fight it!

Patrick Shawn Bagley said...


A couple of weeks ago, I set myself a goal of five pages a day. Not five perfect pages, just five draft pages. How many times since then do you think I've written five in a day? Twice. Most days, I'm lucky if three hours produces three pages.

I asked David if he thought it was an unrealistic goal. He said it could be done, but also to expect a lot of days where I didn't manage five. He was right.