(Updated) Accepting My Slow Writing

Journal, Writer's Articles

Dear Friend,

If I had a weakness as a writer, it would be my slow writing. For a new novel’s first draft, no matter how fast I type, it would take me several months to complete. That is, without pausing to go back and edit. Additionally, considering I write several hours a day, this is awfully slow.

The irony is that I have a typing speed of 90-100 NWPM. Well, copying a paragraph for an online speed test differs from actual writing. The latter involves thinking and transforming ideas into words. And for me, I think slowly. My fingers follow suit. It’s a sluggish process. At least, slower than writers in general.

As a fiction writer, I write slow for first drafts because I plan and brainstorm ten steps ahead while I write. Although I usually have ideas and general outlines before drafting, my stories naturally change along the way. But for drafts after the first, I tend to write them faster than the first. Whereas, as a non-fiction writer, I write somewhat faster than fiction, specifically for snippets of my life (Book F). Because I knew what had happened in my life.

How about doing short pieces like a blog article?

Most posts take me hours to draft, and another day to edit it with a fresh mind. The reason is that I tend to think of each phrase. I did write a few articles within thirty minutes (e.g. My Home Is Not Here). However, rare posts like those occur in the spur of a moment.

My process takes significant energy from me. Hence, I would be mentally exhausted after one blog post. From a business perspective, this meant my input is greater than my output. Which may or may not be good. Of course, quality is better than speed. But I’ve written poorly with slowness too. From my view (and probably most writers), the ideal writing process would be low energy input with high-quality output.

At times, I’m disheartened by my slowness. Especially when I give much of myself into a piece, and coming out wondering if it’s worth it.

However, God made something good out of it. He taught me to endure, persevere, and be patient. I searched their definitions from Merriam-Webster (2020):


Endurance
“the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity.”


Perseverance
“continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.” 


Patient
“bearing pains … calmly or without complaint”,
“not hasty or impetuous”


Their meanings are rather similar, aren’t they? These are attitudes I’m continuously trying to have. To be more like Christ. On top of that, slowness helped me to be humble, and to trust His timing.

I have a question for you before I finish:


Does it matter to Him if we write slow or fast?

You probably know the answer. It doesn’t. We tend to compare ourselves with other writers who write fast and complete quality projects. But their journey is between them and God. As how your journey is between you and Him. He desires you to give your all, your best to Him (Col. 3:23-24).


“For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”

2 Corinthians 10:12 KJV



Very Sincerely Yours,
Clarissa Choo-Choo Train

P.S. I recently encountered another slow writer while I drafted this post (you know who you are). I’m not sure if this is relatable as yours may be a different cause. Nonetheless, thanks for reading.


References:
Endurance. 2020. In Merriam-Webster.com.
Retrieved August 8, 2020, from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endurance
Patient. 2020. In Merriam-Webster.com.
Retrieved August 8, 2020, from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/patient#h1
Perseverance. 2020. In Merriam-Webster.com.
Retrieved August 8, 2020, from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perseverance



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Clarissa is a vessel used for Christ’s glory. Although she’d lived in four countries, Heaven is her only Home. She desires to sow His seeds, and to serve third culture kids, teens, and writers. Check out her Christian TCK Email Ministry here.

7 thoughts on “(Updated) Accepting My Slow Writing

  1. Thanks, Clarissa. You may not remember me, but I met you on CWW. I am also a very slow writer, and I do often get stuck in that comparison trap, so I need this reminder, especially as I have been struggling with writing one of my own blog posts.
    P.S. You are an amazing writer! If the rest of your writing is as good as this, it is certainly worth all of the time you put into it.

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  2. Hello!

    I enjoyed this article very much. This reminds me of my sister constantly reminding me, “You also have to be patient with yourself.” LOL

    2 Corinthians 10:12 says, “For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” It’s so easy to fall into this trap of wanting to be like others or to be better than others (I mean, hello, honestly, deep down in our flesh, we want to be the Best among others). In the ministry, this still happens when we’re not Spirit-filled. If we’re not careful, we even get envious of the spirituality of a sister or a brother in Christ.

    But when we accept ourselves (not as the world tells us to believe in ourselves) the way God sees us as written in His Word, we see that we can be content in Christ. It’s a personal “race” and there is accountability. There’s also discipline, self-control (Oh, Lord, You know how I need this so badly), and resilience as an athlete in running this Christian race if we want to obtain a crown. Nothing “just happened.”

    “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts,” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

    On Mon, Aug 10, 2020 at 4:06 PM The Conductor, the Train, & the Passenger wrote:

    > Clarissa Choo-Choo Train posted: ” Dear Friend, If I had a weakness as a > writer, it would be my slow writing. For a new novel’s first draft, no > matter how fast I type, it would take me several months to complete. That > is, without pausing to go back and edit. Additionally, considering I” >

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    1. Wow! Thank you for that verse, sis! I myself also fall into that trap thousands, if not millions of times. I will add that verse into the post. And indeed, that we must accept who we are in God’s eyes and subsequently be content in Christ. Thank you so much for sharing His Word, and for all of your truth-filled comments.

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