Flirty Author Bitches

The Need for Speed

I am slow writer. Very slow. The last thing I submitted for publication was a 12,000 word erotic quickie. It took me five weeks to write. And that was really fast for me. I was proud of how quickly I got it out.

But I know that most people could write that in a day, maybe two, tops. I see on Twitter, Facebook, etc., people talking about pumping out 20k in week, doing one hour 1,000 word sprints, writing a complete novel in month. In the grand scene of writing, 12k is nothing.

I have to admit, I’m rather jealous. I really want to be able to sit down at my computer on any given day and crank out words. But I just can’t seem to do that. Not only am I pantser, which often means I have no real idea where my story is going, but I also tend to edit as I go. I can’t seem to bring myself to move forward when I have so many bad words already on the page. Not bad words exactly, but not the right words—run-on sentences, poorly constructed images, clichéd metaphors. I know all of these things are part of a first draft, but the knowledge they are sitting there in my Word document, stinking up my prose, just drives me insane. I can’t write more until I have fixed what I have already written.

And that makes me slow. Slow, slow, slow.

I want to be faster. I really do. I have so many ideas, so many things I want to write and work on, but there are never enough hours in the day of slow-ass writing life to get them done. How do I get over my anal-retentive ways and just write? Any advice?

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