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Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Ebb and Flow of The Writing Pace

Productivity and the writing pace are usually inextricably intertwined. However, productivity is a separate question from how writers pace their writing. Different types of writing require different types of writer’s input and not all writing is created equal in the time it should take to produce a sound, finished product. Some writers are deadline driven and other writers meander with no end-point definitive to their writing product in sight. Pace is decided by frequency of the act of writing, unfinished (rather than finished) writing backlogs, and writing product audience demand (readers, editors, managers, etc.).

Most writers agree that every day should be spent creating some form of writing. On the other hand, in life this is an ideal situation and not necessarily always the reality. The amount of time spent every day by a writer in writing endeavors ebbs and flows with other needs and events prevalent in surrounding environments. Unfinished work is proportionate to the volume of work in-progress, the intentions and endeavors of the writer for publications, and the number of writing projects and the amount of re-work required. Audience demand can exceed writer product output creating a need to step up the pace of writing. A writer not dependent on audience demand becomes the decisive arbiter of his or her own expectations. The pace of writing is a balancing act between the writer’s self-driven endeavors and outside forces that work for or against the writer’s natural writing inclinations.

In a writing industry that strives to set standards for production, there are averages that make sense but these averages should take into account the “other” factors in writing that can affect a standard of output, including: research, formatting needs, editing requirement, and client satisfaction.

Writing is a rhythm. I find, on my own desk, that the rhythm of writing is timed within the music of life. With a rhythm, the tempo can slow or increase, but the timing of the music determines the applicability of the steady beats. The pace of writing is best when it is steady, but the tempo can always change. This is why each individual writer must determine his or her own pace.

There is a push in the writing communities to assess writing and writers by a measure of “how much” writing is produced. This measure is not concerned with quality, content, or intention and I find it rather offensive. A writer that cannot “finish” a writing product is another concern altogether. Writing that must be constantly evaluated, re-written, and re-worked is a limitation on the pace of writing, as the writer has essentially “stopped” writing in favor of attachment to a particular writing endeavor. In essence, the writer has become a continual editor.

The writing pace cannot be constant without fluidity.  In all of the efforts a writer puts forward, perhaps the most understood ground rule is “do not stop writing”. In a world where productivity is imperative, the responsive pace of writing must leave room for the writing endeavors to succeed.

 -Kimberly A. McKenzie





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