Rushed Deadlines and The Art of Perfection

The other day, I was forced to write something in a relatively short amount of time (for me)–about 2 hours. It was a 800 word article about a medical topic, and I had promised a customer it would be delivered by this evening. This is the first time I have had to work with a deadline as a writer, and I must say, it was not the panicked travesty of terrible sentence structure and atrocious grammar I thought it was going to be when I sat down at my computer. The ideas came just as easily as they usually do when I am focused on a topic, and I double and triple checked my copy at the end, as I always do. It did not end up being bad, but instead was a decent piece of writing containing some clever turns of phrase and emotional appeals, interspersed with the occasional fact.

I hate working rushed, but it is good to know that I can do it, and I can turn out a piece of writing that is both worthwhile and marketable. Maybe pushing myself and changing my routine a little bit, while still maintaining impeccable editing skills, is a good idea from time to time. Maybe.


2 thoughts on “Rushed Deadlines and The Art of Perfection

  1. Hi…how long does it take for you to write a typical 500 word article? I see many jobs on Elance with clients asking for 20 articles a day and I wonder how do they do it. From researching to writing and then editing, it takes me about an hour and a half.

    1. An hour and a half is really efficient for a 500 word article! I do not personally use Elance because most of their jobs seem to be similar to the “20 article a day” model, with impossible production demands and well below minimum wage pay. Those types of jobs seem to overwhelm potential well-paying, interesting projects.

      Research usually takes the longest for any article I write, from a few hours to many. Once my research is compiled, it generally doesn’t take more than an hour or so to write a 500 word article. Editing is pretty quick as well, a matter of minutes rather than hours. Thanks for the great question.


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