the need for speed – #WhatImWriting

How long does it take you to write a blog post? Half an hour? An hour? Longer? It quite often takes me a whole evening – a good three hours if I forget to go to bed early enough – and that just feels like too long to me. Even when I write a quick post I end up faffing around trying to find a picture, or editing it fifty billion times because I’m such a hopeless proofreader and can look right through glaring errors, or I decide I no longer like what I wrote and that the whole post needs re-writing. Sometimes I write the same post on and off for days – cooking tea with one hand and tinkering with the wordpress dashboard with the other. I’m so S-L-O-W.

tortoise

That’s why I could never be a pro-blogger (it’s nothing to do with lack of suitable content or being hopeless on social media or rubbish at pushing myself forward, nope, not at all)  I just can’t work fast enough. I can’t produce enough words in the right order at an appropriate time. When people talk about scheduling posts I’m baffled – you mean you write posts in advance and schedule them weeks before hand?! The furthest ahead I ever think is a few days and even then I don’t get the post written until I’m about to hit the publish button.

It’s the same with my creative writing. I suspect that even Ginger and Sluggish (my sons’ snails) could – if they were ever to get their hands (suckers?) on a pen and paper – leave me trailing in their wake. At the moment I’m spending months editing three picture books that, in total, contain fewer than 2000 words. In fact I’ve been writing them for the past nine months! How can it be taking me this long?

Admittedly, it’s not like that’s all I do with my time (kids, work, blog, housework, attempt at a social life, love of a good tv series, book obsession… and an occasional wave at my husband from behind a laptop) but still. Working faster would be useful. Editing faster would be great. In fact, where blogging is concerned perhaps I need to just fling the words out there a bit more and not edit at all? That would speed things up.

Or maybe I just need to accept my lack of speed and hope that, like the tortoise in the fable, slow and steady will win the race. One day I’ll trundle over the finishing line and see my words in print.

Are you a fast writer or editor? Do you edit blog posts much or just type ‘n’ go? Any tips?

Muddled Manuscript

 

15 thoughts on “the need for speed – #WhatImWriting

  1. Mummy Tries

    I watched a documentary about the SEALs once and their mantra was ‘slow is smooth and smooth is fast’. Sounds to me like you have it down pat hon, best to be accurate then fast and sloppy (which is my problem too often).

    I’m fortunate in that I can type really fast (70-odd words per minute), and I can also read really fast too. I can bang out a thousand words in 10-15 mins if the inspiration is flying out of me. Editing is a whole different beast though…

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to write my #whatimwriting post xxx

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  2. Iona@redpeffer

    I would work with the strengths you have and accept that speed isn’t one of them maybe. You have so many talents. I do write quickly, but then I’m plagued with self doubt and lack of confidence so maybe you ought to ignore my thoughts totally!!

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Of course I won’t ignore your thoughts! And I think recognising and working with strengths is really important. Thanks Iona. xx

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  3. Rebecca Ann Smith

    I suppose it just takes the time it takes – don’t waste time or energy wanting your rhythm to be other than it is. I’m not surprised picture books take a long time – the fewer the words the longer it takes, right?

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Picture books are deceptive – you’d think they would be quick but every word counts so yes I guess there’s truth in that Becky. xx

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  4. Carol Cameleon

    Like the other comments Maddy, if slower works best for you, stick with that. And definitely don’t lose the limericks! I’m a bit of both but like Renee, I trip over my words when inspiration strikes good and proper, and my fingers trip over the keyboard often too (being a touch typist – I find it so relaxing!) A lot of my notes get written in 5 minute slots when I’m waiting for the school run! (not driving I hasten to add!)

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    1. Maddy Post author

      I’m now imagining you driving along while writing! And don’t worry, I wont stop writing the limericks. Thanks Carol. xx

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  5. Sara | mumturnedmom

    The best I ever manage is about an hour, for a words and headline image only post… I edit, I tinker, I faff! I wish I could do it faster, but I don’t think I’d be happy with the results :) I agree with Becky, it takes as long as it takes x

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    1. Maddy Post author

      It does take time doesn’t it Sara? – I’m amazed at how long faffing with a picture takes… especially if I nip off the check FB or twitter while I’m doing it… xx

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  6. Rachael

    I’m in between! If I’m inspired, I write loads and write it fast. I can write five blogs in a few hours… BUT editing, adding images etc. can take me ages…. So I tend to draft lots when I’m inspired and edit a little at a time… Unless there is something I really want to publish right away, in which case it can take me a few hours too :)

    As everyone says, just keep doing whatever works for you (and whatever you’re doing, it works for me too – that’s why I keep coming back!) x

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    1. Maddy Post author

      That’s an interesting method Rachael. It does seem like editing adds a lot of time to all our blogging experiences though. Thanks for your lovely compliment xx

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  7. Sophie Lovett

    Yeah, I have never been ahead of the game enough for scheduling either! It always sounds so impressive… The speed I write at varies enormously depending on my head space and subject matter. Some blog posts just spill onto the page in a matter of minutes, others fester for hours! And it’s the same with fiction too. Ho hum… I guess we just have to go with the flow… Xx

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  8. Nicola Young

    I don’t think speed is important, but quality is. There is no point rushing to put something together that you are not then happy with. I find i can bash out some posts quite quickly, but others may take a bit more research or time, if it’s fiction, for example.

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