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Jun 29, 2019 06:16:42

Compound Writing 2

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Basile Samel

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When I want to complain about writing 200 words a day I just look up the routine of the most prolific writers.

Stephen King, 2000 words. Jack London, 1500 words. Mark Twain, 1400 words. Michael Crichton, 10000 words. Balzac used to write for 16 hours a day and went on to publish 85 novels in 20 years.

Then I laugh at how ridiculous I sound when I complain about my daily streak that won't even take an hour to complete if I just get it done. I sit down and put in the work. I don't plan on making a profession out of writing, but I must nurture this skill. Consistency and growth are thus the only two things that matter.

I have consistency, what about growth? I might lack talent, but I can make up for it with prolificness. The question becomes: how can I write more at a higher speed without sacrificing quality? The answer might be "Progressive Overload", a famous concept in weight lifting.

If to some extent the brain works like a muscle, then it's probably possible to increase its performance over time.

If I set out to add 10 words to my daily word count every day, the compound result should result in a huge increase in my total word count. Starting from 200 words, it would take two weeks to reach a daily target of 350 words. 500 words after a month. 1000 after two months.

The idea would be to add "weight" until muscular failure, meaning, the incapacity to output more words in the same time window. Then I would be back to 200 words per day and repeat the cycle till I grow more comfortable.

I'm gonna think more about it and try to come up with some sort of methodology.

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    @basilesamel love the analogy of progressive overload. I'd been thinking the same recently too, wanting to challenge and grow myself more after 200.

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jun 29, 2019 23:07:32
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    @basilesamel Would be an interesting experiment to try. The real problem I have with long form writing is that it is really dependent on how much time you have. You can always make time to write 200, even 500 words, in a day. But when you reach 1k, you really need some solid free time on your hands.

    Valentino Urbano avatar Valentino Urbano | Jun 29, 2019 15:04:24
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      @valentino the goal here is to write more with the same amount of time (increase writing speed)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jun 30, 2019 11:07:57
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