As a blogger myself, I try to keep up with other writing blogs as much as I can, as it’s always inspiring/uplifting/interesting to hear different people’s points of views and how their own writing journeys are progressing. This week I happened upon a blog which dismissed the idea of writing rapidly, which I found quite ironic as my friend (a successfully published author) had also written during the week about the advantages of writing quickly, one such example being NaNoWriMo.
It got me to thinking and despite all the theoretical pros and cons, I came to this conclusion – do what suits you best. It’s simple but effective advice!
As someone who likes to be busy and to do things quickly (but well), I write as often as I can and as quickly as I can. Sometimes, this means I write an entire short story or poem in a night, do some editing and it’s pretty much done. Great. Other times, it takes weeks or months to perfect a story (and then, is it really ever ‘perfect’…?) and that’s okay too. And that’s just short fiction.
With a novel, I’m of the opinion that if you can write quickly, get it on paper and go at your own pace, then if it takes an intensive month, great; if it takes two years, great; if it takes 10 years (as the Pulitzer prize-winning novel, All the Light We Cannot See did), then why not?
Writing can be done quickly, depending on the writer and the ideas that they have. Pre-planning will assist with the speed, although if you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself going off on tangents all over the show. It’s the editing, the re-drafting, the editing again, the rewriting etc. etc. which happens over and over again that will finally result in the completed novel. And that takes time. A lot of it. And that’s ok.
Writing rapidly? I say, if you can do it, go for it! Things like NaNoWriMo give people a deadline, which tends to keep you focused and motivated, and as a journalist, well, I’m all for that. 🙂