But take a second or two once in a while to review your precious writing time and consider how much of it is truly spent in the white heat of creation.
I spend far too long writing articles. I excuse this by saying I need thinking time.
With an outline and a few headings, the article or blog post is as good as written.
Or Too Much?
Too much time can be as much of a drawback as too little. Many authors think that having more time to write will mean they write twice as much.
In fact, this is rarely the case. The secret is not time but focus. And my focus is demonstrably sharper when deadlines loom and time is of the essence.
Set a timer, how much can you write in ten minutes? Work with happy music and a driving beat--how fast do you write?
Do you write at your fastest every day?
And if you do, please tell me how you do it.
For an in-depth look at the importance of focus, see this article by Karen Cioffi-Ventrice on productivity strategies.
Anne Duguid is a freelance content editor with MuseItUp Publishing and she passes on helpful writing,editing and publishing tips from time to time at Slow and Steady Writers