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Posted on February 14, 2014 | in Writing Tips | by

Margaret CoelThe most helpful tip on writing that I ever received came from a Hollywood screenwriter. I spent a weekend in a seminar that he gave, and while he offered many good tips, the one I came away with that has made all the difference was this: Write fast. When you write fast, you enter the zone. You are lost in the story that is unfolding in your head and flowing out of your fingertips onto the computer screen or paper. You banish the editor-in-your-head, that pesky nuisance that carps constantly while you’re trying to create—is that the right word? Find a better word! Do something with that sentence!—and generally interferes with your train of thought. Without the editor, there is nothing but you and the story. By writing fast, you infuse the raw energy that helps to propel the story along. Of course, you will summon the editor later, but when you do, you will have a complete chapter, or, in my case, a complete novel for the editor to tackle. This golden tip makes it possible for me to write a novel each year, along with several short stories, essays, and articles.
—Margaret Coel, Boulder

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