SAMUEL JOHNSON AND NaNoRiMo. I posted here on NaNoRiMo (National Novel Writing Month) in which writers complete 50,000 word novels in a month, beginning just after midnight each November. (Annalisa has completed it four times). Speed is obviously important. Samuel Johnson would endorse NaNoRiMo. He said he “would advise every young man beginning to compose, to do it as fast as he can, to get a habit of having his mind to start promptly. It is so much more difficult to improve in speed than in accuracy.” Johnson thought that slow writing can create writer’s block (a problem for Johnson) “as we do not like to do that which is not done easily.”

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