I am the Juggernaut of writing, it’s not a big deal or anything but I can write about two thousands words an hour, which makes me feel like a bad ass a lot of the time. When other writer’s talk about writers block all I think of is the Juggernaut in X-Men: The Last Stand. You know the bit where Vinnie Jones is smashing though all those walls in the Worthington lab’s facility? That’s me. I’m the Juggernaut bitch! Recently, I explained this to one of my closest friends who couldn’t understand how I managed this speed, the thing is I didn’t really understand it either, so I went and mulled it over for awhile.
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First of all, I have to say that the two thousand words I am capable of writing in an hour are almost never perfect. For every hour spent writing, I normally need to spend about twenty minutes proof reading. If you want to write with speed the first thing you need to do is switch off all your social media, believe it or not this is the hardest thing for most writers to do but it is crucial. If your friends can’t go without you for an hour or two they really are not your friends. Once you have all your social media turned off, make a plan, this doesn’t have to be a detailed thing but you need a brief idea about where your writing is going so you don’t use a thousand words just getting to your point. If you can’t decide what to write at this point use writing exercises to help generate ideas that you can then put into a plan. Now you have a plan you are ready to write, right? Not quite.
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The previous pieces of advice should work for everyone but I haven’t really had the chance to test this bit, I have trained myself to write to a certain playlist. I know a lot of writers who write to music, normally music without lyrics such as classic pieces or late-night Jazz, but this tends to slow them down as their speed of writing reflects the speed of the music. I listen to fast-paced rap, Eminem, Fatboy Slim, Die Antwood, Prodigy, Major Laser, Kanye West and Pitbull are all on my writing playlist. I don’t even like half these bands but their music has the perfect rhythm to write to. It’s fast, generally up-beat, and empowering. When I’m listening to POWER by Kanye West I pretty much feel like I could wrestle a bear and win (although I love bears and would never wrestle one).
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So that’s my method, I would also recommend looking into improving your actual typing speed through typing exercises and maybe improving your cognitive thinking speed with brain teasers and IQ tests. If you follow every piece in this article I can guarantee that you will improve your writing speed but nothing here will directly improve the quality of your writing, for that there is only one fix. Practice. If you get fast then you can practice more and if you practice more you can get better and if you get better then you’ll get faster.
…that’s this week’s Grr(aphic) Monday!!! Check back on Wednesday for another BearSleuth Opinion piece!!!