Lots of successful writers do it this way, including the great Vladimir Nabokov. Interesting factoid about Nabokov- he spent the first three hours of every day writing while standing a lectern, the next three seated at a desk, and the final three lying on the couch. He also did all his drafting on index cards.
If you are a neurotic writer (like me), it can silence your inner critic(s). No cursor blinking at you judgmentally during the first draft . . .
Deep thoughts from the talented and amazing Jen Ryan . . .
“It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” – Confuscius. Probably. The Internet says it’s him – though there is some contention over whether he said ‘slow’ or ‘slowly’ – and I’m just going to go with that, because I like the quote and I don’t really care who said it first. It goes well with my ‘keep moving forward’ mantra.
So, what’s so great about this quote? It gives you permission to be gentle with yourself, while still encouraging you to get ‘er done. Being gentle with yourself is paramount; beating yourself up and jeopardizing your well-being will NOT get you where you want to go. Ever.
That said, you still want to get where you’re going, which brings us to the matter of not stopping. Eyes on the prize, people! You just don’t have to rush. It truly isn’t a race…
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Composing in longhand is easier for many, including this guy
Handwriting makes you smarter. Apparently writing long hand helps cognition in ways typing does not . . .
You know that phenomena we experience sometimes? Where we sit down to write or draw or play music, then look up and realize it’s five hours later? It’s called flow. Read more . . .
According to Landis . . .
“You can’t beat Heinlein’s rules, which in compressed form are:
Write it, finish it, submit it, repeat it; that’s it.
This Ted Talk by Elizabeth Gilbert is brilliant.
Ever concerned you don’t have enough conflict in your writing? USe this worksheet to find out.