Day 161 – Writing speed shouldn’t be a factor

Day one hundred sixty-one of my 365 Day Writing Project.

Words for Days 160 and 161: 1,500

When I first started this project last July, in addition to word count I kept track of the time I spent writing each day. I wanted to do this for two reasons: 1) to get a feel for how much time I could make for writing each day; and 2) to learn about my writing efficiency. After about a month or so I stopped keeping track. Although the information I collected was valuable, once I saw my patterns I didn’t really need to know more. I had no intention of trying to improve those patterns in any formal sense. Specifically, I didn’t want to focus on my writing efficiency because when you commit to writing every day, you don’t make a race of it. Speed shouldn’t be a factor, and for me, it isn’t.

But tonight I wrote 1,000 words in a short amount of time. Much faster than normal. I appreciated that efficiency since I started late. I didn’t force myself to write faster than normal, it just happened that way. As most writers (and artists) know, sometimes the creative flow comes out like a fire hose. Other times, it’s a trickle. Which is why I believe that writing speed shouldn’t be a factor, ever, because you can’t force the flow.

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