Compound Writing 2

Published on Jun 29, 2019

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.