We’ve all heard that phrase. “Well, duh” pretty much encapsulated my first reaction to it. However, as I continue editing my finished manuscript and work [very] slowly on a few other new projects, I am really coming to understand it.
If you’re like me, you might be into slow writing, obsessive editing as you go, and perfecting the ultimate sentence before moving on. You’re a Quality Writer. And that is totally fine because every writer has their own journey and their own process, and there are no right answers in writing. HOWEVER, I’m here today to encourage to try something different. For one day, try being a Quantity Writer.
You don’t have to do it all the time, but sometimes you just need to get words on the page. Even if they’re ugly, misspelled, semi-nonsensical words. Words on the page EXIST. They are there and you can change and manipulate [and delete] them but they’re real. They’re evidence of your blood, sweat, and sanity.
My recommendations for amping up your inner Quantity Writer are as follows:
1. Write or Die: http://writeordie.com/ This exists as a free web tool and a downloadable pro version that will definitely get your butt in gear and words on the page – unless you’re too slow and it starts deleting your words (that’s an optional consequence).
2. Word Sprints: There are tons of these going on around the web (especially Twitter) all the time. Our own Valerie runs morning sprints on the @novel_adventure Twitter account with unwavering awesomeness.
3. NaNoWriMo, CampNano, JuNoWriMo or whatever other catchy titles they use these days: 50,000 words in 30 days. No big deal. Actually it’s a huge deal and super challenging (and a longer commitment to Quantity over Quality) but totally worth a try.
So, go try to write all the words in none of the time. Write like the wind. Write, write, write. Don’t edit in the moment, just write. You might hate it, but you might love it. Either way, remember: You can always edit later.