Just posted a new column about writing:
For some reason (possibly having to do with the end of NaNoWriMo), I’ve been seeing a lot on writing blogs about the subject of writing fast. The Atlantic published a fantastic slideshow of Writing Advice from History’s Fastest, Most Prolific Authors, that Seastarr08 linked on twitter. Rachel Aaron posted a really interesting piece on practical ways she went from 2,000 to 10,000 words a day. Lots of writers are posting about their successes and failures in their own NaNo challenge.
But I want to talk about speed.
I’m probably considered a pretty fast writer since I wrote the majority of my first book over the course of a few months, and it racks up over 100K in word count. By my best estimates, in the past year, I’ve written 675,000 words. About half of that was fan fiction, and the other half was original.
I’m going to call myself a pretty fast writer. (Not really fast. Trust me, there are people who write way faster than me.) Is that all finished, publishing-quality work in that time? No, absolutely not, so keep that in mind. We’re talking about sheer numbers, but it’s a worthwhile discussion to have.
Is writing faster better?