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6 August 2020

Thoughts on Speed Writing

by Rachel Shu

Status: finished
Meaningfulness: forgettable


A friend of mine used to ghostwrite papers. As I recall, they could turn out 2 or 3 essays a day, equivalent to 20 or 30 pages. If I had to write that much per day, how would I do it?

Don’t focus on generating new insights.

Minimize research time.

Outline to a general template.

Practice and practice and practice.

Minimize distractions.

I don’t plan to ever write that much per day. But even if I only write for 2 hours a day, I could probably hit 5 medium-quality pages per hour, by focusing on efficiency. I’ll try to do that - after all, quantity becomes quality.

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