Speed writing 101

The real trick with speed writing is to gush and not worry about it. Imagine yourself suddenly Stephen Fried, and the words will tumble out of you in a style that is all your own. It might not be any good, but you’ll have tons to edit . Staring into space wondering how to fill a blank screen or piece of paper is a bit wet really. Agonising gets you nowhere, so leap in and gush.

For instance, my morning cycle ride was completely unadventurous apart from the warm tapestry of colours on the Divis mountains as I exited our wee street. Vigilant for black ice, I crested the railway bridge, narrowly avoiding a coronary and joined the caravan of vehicles headed for the daily grind. Just another day in Baile Feirste.

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