Finding Your Superhero Powers – Daily Quote

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I am struggling with my first draft. I read reports of authors churning out 5,000 or 10,000 words per day, and I wonder if a radioactive spider bit them. Perhaps they mastered time travel, allowing them the luxury of writing, and deleting sentences multiple times. Or maybe they’ve found supercharged coffee beans. I need them in my coffeepot.

Studying successful authors, searching for clues, I discovered a plethora of tricks used to create what some describe as a “vomit” draft. Some locked themselves in hotel rooms, or garden sheds, or composed in their cars. Others, like Victor Hugo, Ernest Hemingway, and even Benjamin Franklin, wrote in the nude, with the idea that without clothes, there was nothing else they could do but write.

Writers have odd habits. We talk to ourselves, and our characters, we frequent baby name websites and please refrain from looking at our search history. I guarantee you don’t want to know. We eavesdrop on conversations in our home away from home, the coffee shop, then stare into space, oblivious of our surroundings. I ask Alexa for synonyms, or how to spell a simple word that refuses to appear on my screen. I am not above doing anything that will facilitate getting more words written faster.

What are your secret writing hacks?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

https://ko-fi.com/johawkthewriter#

2 thoughts on “Finding Your Superhero Powers – Daily Quote

  1. I guess I’m a victim of the ‘vomit’ method, but then, I never write anything more than 500/1000/2000 words at a time. No great changing of sequences or basic plot lines. High school teachers used to insist on a story plan, and then the essay. I just left a blank space, wrote whatever…. and then went back and composed the plan to agree with what I’d produced.
    Since starting as a blogger, and having (a few) real people read my output, I re-read, and re-read, and re-read my stuff constantly. There’s never a time when I don’t change – punctuation, word choice, order, etc. 🙂

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    • LOL Yes that term is rather disgusting but fairly descriptive at the same time. After one of those sessions there can be a lot to clean up.

      I was like you in school. Write first and fill in the outline when I’m done. It was useful, I often discovered I needed to add something to the essay as a result. So not all bad.

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