Typewriter

Every year I read the same things about the speed of my writing.


"You're making a lot of mistakes, eh?"
"You will have to cut a lot of those words."
"You are writing garbage, because you're too fast."
"You will ruin your hands in no time."
"You're ruining the spirit of NaNoWriMo."


My first official NaNoWriMo was in 2013; before that I did one Camp NaNoWriMo. In 2013, I completed the 50k in 5 days and wrote a total of 120k words that month. A couple of days before the 1st of November I read about the #50k5Days challenge and considered participating in it. I wasn't prepared for it, but I really wanted to try it out. So I did.

When I finished the last thousand words I was really proud of myself.

But then somebody came up and asked me, how much of what I wrote was I going to toss out (because of its supposedly bad quality). I was astonished, because I thought that the draft was quite decent, so I reread it, to see who of us was right. Turned out it was me. There was no drop in quality …