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January 13, 2012

Slow Writing vs. Fast Writing

The Tortoise and the Hare - Project Gutenberg ...As I described in a recent post, the slow pace of Page a Day - 365 is one that I am definitely learning to love. Having participated in various "fast writing" activities in the past (NaNoWriMo, writing sprints, deadline crunches, etc.) I found that the only upside was the quick creation of a rough draft. While seeing a draft build quickly has some ego-stroking perks for the writer within, I've found that this incredibly slow pace has offered much more benefit in much less time.

How has slow writing helped me so far?
  • I'm not rushed to get through a scene. My characters can do all the things they need to do to hook the reader and build empathy for their situation.
  • I can pay more attention to word choices. Instead of feeling like I'm running as fast as I can from point A to point B, slow writing has given me the feeling of taking a leisurely stroll through my story that allows me to take in all the details and better describe them for the audience.
  • I'm able to think through the characters' actions before they begin to derail my plot and crash the story all together.
  • I haven't felt the apprehension of the blank page because I know I can take my time and carefully consider the art of the writing, not just the raw words and the mechanics.
  • I'm more relaxed knowing that my rough draft is really not so rough. Spewing out paragraphs as fast as I could in the past made me resent the editing process before it even began. 
Do you have a slow writing/fast writing success? I'd love to hear about it!

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