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Write Like You Mean It

How to Maximize Your Minutes

Barbara O’Neal

I am a prolific writer. Over my twenty-plus-year career, I’ve written nearly sixty novels, many novellas, and hundreds of blog posts, articles, and short pieces. I continue to write at least one novel per year, sometimes more. The longest it takes me to draft a novel is six months, and I’ve done it in six weeks.

Some of you might be thinking, Ah, you churn ’em out, don’t you?

Do you wonder where that thinking comes from? Before I share my tips on how to write faster, let’s get a couple of things out of the way.

BEAT BACK THE BELIEF IN THE “WRITER AS TORTURED ARTIST”

Regarding fast writing, two mythologies are in play here.

The first is that good writing must take years and years ...

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