This is a concern I’ve started to have both in terms of the writing produced – I’m not sure if I’m skipping stuff I shouldn’t, as it feels rushed in places – and in terms of the writing process – I’m worried my tendency to write fast during the first draft is fixing things too firmly that aren’t easy to redo in revisions. Obviously this haste can leave the rushed feeling of the text, but without being sure that’s a problem I’m not sure whether it needs addressing.
I tend to have a sparse style anyway, with some of my fantasy stories feeling more like thrillers in places. Not necessarily a bad thing – although it could be a problem were I trying to go the traditional publishing route – and probably not something I can avoid without changing my writing style (and sanitising my style is not something I’m interested in).
Even given that, some parts feel a bit sparse. Some are fine, taking their time, but others seem to be purely the muscle and skeleton of character and plot, without any fat for flavour. I worry that I cut too much in trying to be concise, and in areas where it feels like there could be extra beats without damaging the story I’m not sure whether I only include the beats that are needed.
My descriptions tend between spare and non-existent anyway, although I try to remedy this where necessary (I tend to skim these when reading, so that inclination is just a part of my mindset that I’m unlikely to influence without severe retraining) Recently redoing one of my earliest novels has shown improvement in the viewpoint material (getting into the characters mind), so that’s something, and the sparseness doesn’t seem much different then to now so possibly it isn’t something that’s crept into my work. It could still be something I’ve only noticed as my writing’s improved, which is both good and bad.
While outlining and revisions can be more sedate – although revisions are sometimes done at speed, but not as consistently – I always feel compelled to write the first draft a quickly as possible, so the shape of it in my head becomes concrete. Until the first draft is done I don’t have a story, just an idea.
Maybe I’ll try forcing myself to stick to lower daily writing targets on the next project (2-3000 words a day maybe), and see whether it affects the output. If that makes no difference to the end result then it’s not a problem caused by writing fast, if it even is a problem.
Of course with the next novel scheduled to be written during NaNoWriMo I’ll have a deadline that’ll weigh on me. And since the past few years have seen me finish the 50,000 words in ten days, nine days, and then eight days, the impulse to try finishing in seven days this year may be difficult to overcome.