Monday, 29 April 2013

Fast Typer...Or Messy Typer

For once we have a non-Kickstarter centric update and a post that isn't me whining and complaining about how absolutely tired I am. I mean, I am, but that's not the point. The point is I seem to be a fast writer and at this point I'm wondering if it's a good thing or a bad thing. There are a lot of people who say that writing takes a lot of time. There are a lot of people for whom writing DOES seem to take a long time. There can be up to a year between books in a series or longer,

Then you have people who don't take so long. You have people like Stephen King, a man who writes so many books that people assume he must have a ghost writer, although he staunchly denies it and just says he knows how to write. How you write is you putt your butt in your seat and don't leave it until you've written something.

I don't think I write as fast as Stephen King does but I seem to write faster than your average writer. While you can argue that yes, I may have written a book in a week but it doesn't count because it was full of errors, I attribute those errors to my lack of ability. I still needed to have experience to know just how much those things sucked, and then would have the power to change them. The edits themselves, that turned them in to pretty good stories, only took a few hours. A post takes me twenty minutes, tops, to write. An update to Immortal Space takes half an hour to an hour if I have trouble. In the space of about two hours on Saturday I wrote a 2000-ish word story. To make it better there were barely any errors. So far I've only had one grammatical one pointed out to me. Another guy I know who writes is working on a story that's about two or three times as long and he's been working on it for a few days now.

To be honest I actually feel like a bad writer because I write so fast. I assume that because they're written so fast, my stories must be bad. This isn't the case either though because a story I wrote at two AM, in the space of an hour or two, has been seen by 637 people, liked by 107, and disliked by FOUR. That's quite a bloody differential. I just looked again and saw that it had been favourited by 78 people. I need to look at these things more.

If only I could actually use this power to my advantage. I personally think sometimes it's to make up for the fact that I have trouble just sitting and writing. I don't write as often as I'd like, but when I do I get it done quickly and cleanly. I'm not sure what the point of all this is by the way. I'm not bragging or anything, I'm just wondering aloud. Is it good, is it bad? Is it even either of those things? So far it only seems like a bad thing because I don't use it to my advantage. If I did Immortal Space would be done by now, and I'd be the new Stephen King.

One last thing: It turns out there is something worse than waking up after four hours sleep. That would be waking up after four hours sleep ill, and with a splinter in one's foot that interferes with plans to walk in to town. I guess the great weekend I had really is over. 

15 comments:

  1. writing fast is not so bad as long as you have a good editor...and take the time to go back and check...when the story is going its best to get it....we were just talking about king and his writing ability on friday...he writes like 25000 a day or something like that...

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  2. My brain and fingers are rarely in unison when I write or type.

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  3. Writing fast isn't a bad thing, and it doesn't mean your stuff is automatically riddled with mistakes. Since 2011, we've put out 6 books. After the movie, we're looking to write a bunch more. We love constantly having ideas. I hate seeing a brilliant writer have a great book, and then when you ask them, "So what's next?" they say, "Uhhh, I have no idea..."

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  4. I don't think it matters how quickly you get it done. The result is the key thing. If it's good and takes a year, it's good. And if it's good and takes a week, it's good. This is a nice piece for one of the writing blog hops Mark.

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  5. That's a good point about Steven King, it's pretty interesting that somebody like that writes so quickly. To me it's all about quality not the time that it takes for it to do or the amount of content that comes out in this time, just look at the lady who wrote To Kill A Mockingbird, she only ever wrote one book and it was a book that changed a nation's mindset, time doesn't matter, what's written does.

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  6. I am with Anne, how quickly you get it done doesn't matter as much as the finished product. Happy Monday :)

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  7. Being a fast writer is much better than being a half fast one. And THAT you are not.

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  8. I write fast too, but that's just due to all the practice I've had pounded into me over the years.

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  9. I'll be back tomorrow, Mark. I have a migraine right now. The white on black hurts me little beady eyes. Just wanted you to know I was here....

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  10. You're supposed to be fast after years of practice. That's normal. How many years have you been at this? Can you honestly say you've always been that fast or made that few mistakes? Or has that come with time and effort?

    Mora than likely, your quickness is a learned quality. I've been writing since I was 5 years old, and I'm pretty fast and my work tends to come out exactly the way I want it to. Nowadays, I nitpick and try to make it even BETTER, because I read that book Talent Is Overrated. According to that author, the only way to learn and get better at things is to go from your comfort zone into the uncomfortable zone, but just shy of the stress zone. So I'm stretching my writing muscles to see if I can't get even better than I am now.

    ANYWAY, it sounds like you've found that you've already become a very good writer. Congratulations!

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  11. You sound like you would excel in NaNoWriMo. I am very picky writer. I need the mood and inspiration because I hate just writing and then rewriting it back. There is nothing wrong about being fast, its just your way.

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  12. I type reasonable fast and I am pretty accurate but I have been doing it for like around 36yrs and yes I am only 50 but got my first typewriter when I was only 14

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  13. The more time you put into something you write, the better it should be. It depends if your aim is quantity or quality. Stephen King may write tons of books, but probably most of them are not masterpieces and could be better. If you are able to quickly and efficiently produce new material that is of high quality and people enjoy reading, by all means do it.

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  14. I am a slow writer. Waaayyy slow. It just ten minutes to write this comment!

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  15. I get told regularly that I am a fast painter. I think that as long as the quality is there, time taken doesn't really matter

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