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How fast or slow do you write?
I know they say that ‘slow and steady wins the race’ but I don’t think any writer wants to be a snail for the rest of her life. I always remind myself that if I approach each word, sentence and paragraph with love and attention, that means less writing but makes for a better draft? Am I correct? Sometimes there’s a short circuit when I need to get ideas down onto paper. Or maybe they aren’t such great ideas after all, and on some level my mind recognizes this fact and so the words refuse to be written?
Writing is a slow process. I always think that I’m falling behind. I should be moving along much faster. But it’s not happening. This instant gratification society we live in doesn’t help. Everything you want and need is at your fingertips, just a click away, via every imaginable App. I always tell myself that I don’t subscribe to the instant gratification lifestyle, anyway. I have all the patience in the world. That should work in my favor, agreed? The fact is that it might take a long time to write a book, and that we often can’t predict how much time the work will take. Authors quit, start again, destroy, create, and sometimes abandon. It requires deliberate practice. Each story is unique and must be given its time and space to develop.
Now if I just remind myself of these facts, I’ll be okay.
Are you slow/quick when it comes to drafting/writing? How long did it take you to complete your first novel/novella? What was the time frame from inception to first draft, and then from first draft to final manuscript?
Happy IWSG Day! I’ll be doing my rounds over the next few days.