I’ve written a third installment of my own ruminations on speed and quality in writing fiction and history, but I’m still polishing it.

But wanted to mention, for those who enjoy “fast” writing, that one of best opinions on the subject came from Jay Lake, years ago, in Jay’s Rules of Writing. In his argument for the value of writing a story a week for a year, he came to the conclusion that not everything you write will be gold. Much of it will be crap. In fact, half of it will be worthless, 25% will need heavy lifting, and 25% will be ready for the slush pile with a little clean up.

These ratios won’t work for everyone, but they are a lot more realistic than those that thing a first draft are a last draft, in part because revisions are seen as valuable.

You can see Lake’s post here:


On to Saturday junk!



About ridlerville

Jason S. Ridler is a historian, writer, and improv actor. He is the author of A TRIUMPH FOR SAKURA, BLOOD AND SAWDUST, the Spar Battersea thrillers and has published over sixty stories in such magazines and anthologies as The Big Click, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Out of the Gutter, and more. He also writes the column FXXK WRITING! for Flash Fiction Online. A former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, Mr. Ridler holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He lives in Richmond, CA. Visit him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jason.ridler.56
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