Writing fast and editing later is a good practice. For many people, writing super-fast is an even better practice. Here’s why:
- If you write fast, you don’t have time to criticize your writing. And the more energy you spend criticizing your writing, the less energy you will have for writing. Many amateur writers can work up a writer’s block for themselves with just a few sentences of self-criticism. Don’t get started on that road.
- When you write super-fast, your writing can approach the speed of your thought. I’m serious. Even non-geniuses can think much faster than they can type, once they get going. Let yourself fly. Don’t slow down your brain. Letting the words flow will actually spur new thoughts, and it will at least prevent you from losing thoughts because you couldn’t get them down fast enough.
- Until you finish writing, you shouldn’t edit. Everything that anybody writes is garbage until it’s edited. Editing is awfully inefficient when you try to edit every word as you type it.
For the first draft, try to write like the wind. Wait to edit until you start the second draft, after the sweat has dried.
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