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Write the book fast and have the time of your life

April 22, 2013

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It can be a lot of fun writing a book, even a rush. That is, if you write fast and just let the words fly onto the page.

A free-flow of thoughts can be the best approach to writing that first draft of a book you’ve long dreamed of getting out there to the world.

Of course, you may be hesitant to write in such a way. Many writers are. They fear the words they really want to convey won’t come out on paper as they planned.

But really, you can’t plan a book down to the last sentence anyway. That story you want to tell has a way of veering away from you, whether it’s fiction or nonfiction.

Oh you may plan and outline and do character sketches out the gazoo. But a book takes on a life of its own. And that’s okay. A writer should allow his instincts to be his master. The first draft of any work is not a final plan anyway. There’s always time for revision.

Many authors are surprised what they write in that first draft when it’s done in a fast and furious state. They find out the writing comes out naturally, and when they read back a bit of what they’ve written, they find the writing is smooth and natural as well.

And here’s another cool thing. They have the time of their life doing it.

Has the slow, stop and start method of writing worked for you up to this point? Have you spent many months, even years trying to write with your left brain, that logical approach to giving birth to a book?

If so, try writing fast. And not just fairly fast, but as quickly as you can put the words down on paper. Why take the long, grueling route to writing a book?

If you’ve pondered a book for a long time, or you’re still stuck on Chapter Three after four years, why not try something else? Sit down and just let the words spill out.

What have you got to lose?

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