Dennis Blanchard, author of Three Hundred Zeroes, recently mentioned his habit of binge writing at twenty hour stretches. He contrasted that with his wife’s habit of a more orderly (Calvinist) approach to writing. Which is better?
To state the obvious, to each his own. It all depends not just on the personality, but the genre of writing. If it was a travel guide or some other work highly reliant on research, then his wife’s approach would seem to be more appropriate. However, Dennis’ motif is the entertaining outdoor narrative. Such a work by its nature is bound to be full of idiosyncracies, highs, lows, adrenalin rushes, depression, and yes-binges. So perhaps binge writing is the best way to tell such a story.
Hemingway was a binge writer, while Michener and Grisham are Calvinists. Perhaps an aspiring author should experiment with both, to find their appropriate modus operandi.