I’ve been told recently that I write too slowly. I will admit, my process is meticulous. I follow in the footsteps of Tom Robbins (swoon)* in which I try to make the most perfect sentence possible before moving on to the next one. There’s all kinds of research that happens and word-associations and trials and retrials. I realize that this flies in the face of most writing process advice, which is to just get as much down on paper and then edit afterwards, but I have to admit, that’s just not the way it comes out for me.
Lately, I’ve been trying to exercise my “sprinting” muscles a little bit more and one way of doing this is with oneword. It’s lovely for speed-thinking and writing and a nice little way to start a story.
So, here’s my challenge. Go on oneword, write for the sixty seconds that they give you and use something you write in those sixty seconds as the start or end of a story.
*It has recently come to my attention that for years I’ve been fostering a schoolgirl crush on a 77-year-old man. I am not sure how I feel about it, but Switters would be proud.