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.