Speed is generally a good thing, but it can be a double-edged sword. Some clients might feel that I haven't adequately reflected upon the topic, have done insufficient amounts of research, or failed to spend enough time polishing my prose. They equate time spent on the article with higher quality, and this correlation compels them to frown upon early submissions. Let's just say that I have a different view.
But alas, perception is often reality, and I've found myself submitting completed blog posts or articles with certain clients (those who equate lapsed time with writing quality) days after I've actually written them. The lapsed time, I figure, might give these client the perception that I'm using all my time reflecting on the topic and polishing prose, even though I'm merely sitting on the submission to satisfy client preferences for slow deliveries of work.
Many editors appreciate the fact that I work quickly, and it's become part of my "brand" with those who like my get-it-done approach to work. In the end, I always feel better off writing for editors and clients who appreciate a responsive writer willing to get work out the door and submitted.
I don't like to play "mind games" with editors or clients who think I've done something wrong when I submit an assignment a few days early. It's the writer's job to follow his or her own process and way of working. I respect writers who work slowly, and perhaps more deliberately, but I like to keep things moving along. I know when a piece of writing is done, and when I get the writing to that point, I just submit it and go to the next piece.
Perfectionism isn't something I've ever struggled with. If one of my submissions needs revision, I work with my editors to make that happen quickly. Maybe I do work too fast sometimes, but it's the way I'm most comfortable working. I know editors and clients who move fast too, and these tend to be the ones I like writing for. I like pragmatic collaborators, because that's how I am too.
How about you? Do you consider yourself a fast writer or a slow one? Does your working style/pace sometimes cause your difficulties with editors and clients? Please let me know in the comments . . . .