#129: Write Faster, Write Better [Podcast]

For the longest time, when asked how quickly I can turnaround a writing project, my answer has been: “I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can write better.”

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I recently discovered the person who originally penned that phrase: American journalist A.J. Liebling, who wrote primarily for The New Yorker. The reason I think this  quote rings true for many writers is actually a secret of the trade. Writing faster makes you a better writer.

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Spiritual Foundations:

Is God judging us? Is his judgment the source of the scary things we hear in the news?

  1. God is love. (1 John 4:8)
  2. There is no fear in love. (1 John 4:18)
  3. How we can “test the spirits”. (1 John 4)

Don't be deceived by ministries of fear.

Feature Presentation: Write Faster, Write Better

Here are 5 reasons why writing faster can make you a better writer.

  1. You'll write more.
  2. Your skill level will improve.
  3. Writing fast turns off the self-editor and inner critic.
  4. The 10,000 hour rule works in your favor.
  5. Imperfect practice is better than perfect intentions.

What level of output are you truly capable of as a writer?

Next Week: Ten Ways To Un-Busy Yourself!

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Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at RayEdwards.com.

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  • Another great podcast Ray! Up until hearing this, I edited every sentence. I am going to try your suggestions and just vomit.

    I appreciate you and your teaching.

    • I’m pleased, I think. A great Ray Edwards tweetable: “Just vomit.” Oh, my legacy…

  • MaggieSlater

    I’ve heard this suggestion of writing faster before but have had a very difficult time employing it. I will try to do so in the future! Thank you for your podcasts and mentioning Jesus Christ! That’s the main message!

    • Thanks for stopping by and being an encourager, Maggie!

  • Mike Cunningham

    You encourage me to write more. Thanks!