Writing wise, which one are you?
Do you plug away at a manuscript or do you sprint through it in record time? Are you prolific or do you just release one, two books a year? And does it matter?
Well, I can't answer the last question for you. I guess your sales will tell their own story on that one. Personally I'd worry readers will have forgotten all about me, if they have to wait six months for my next book. E-publishing is a fast moving business and I know, personally, I love it when I discover a new author, check out their backlist, and find a whole plethora of goodies waiting to be read.
It's like Christmas, and yes I will buy a new author's entire backlist and happily lose myself for hours. And you bet I'll be looking out for that author's new release and it will jump straight to the top of my reading pile. Would I be that enthusiastic, had I just read the one book?
If I really liked the book, then yes, I reckon I would be, but chances are as time goes on I'll have forgotten about that author, and unless I stumble across them again, I may never read them again, which would be a shame. Mind you, I tend to seek out authors I really like and follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, and such like, so I should in theory see the new announcement. Of course if that author is not that prolific on social media, either...well, you get the idea.
Putting the issue of sales to one side, can you change the way you write? Should you even? And does it somehow make you a better writer if you write slowly, rather than fast? I've come across a few instances lately, where being prolific has been linked to somehow inferior. Like those of us that 'churn' books out do not take as much time and care with them as others with a slower output.
Hmm, as one of those prolific writers I take umbrage at that suggestion. I can only speak for myself, but those manuscripts I sprinted through in record time are no less laboured over than the ones I took much longer to write. For me, it simply depends on how loud the voices are, as to how quickly I get to write them. And the small matter of real life, husband and nine children, including one very attached baby. I am fortunate that I'm a SAHM so I can and do write during the day, but by far the bulk of my writing is done in the evenings when the kids are in bed. I rarely go to bed before 1.00 am in the morning (at times it has been closer to 4.00 am) and I have to be up at 6.30 am to start my day...
I'm a slave to my muse, what can I say. It also helps that writing is "me" time. I know I get twitchy and bad tempered when I haven't managed to write for a few days, especially when I have characters screaming at me to tell their story. As much as they can be a pain in the behind when they take over, I love it when they do, cause words pour onto that word doc and the story practically writes itself.
Goldie and her Bears, Riding her Tiger and my soon to be released The Last of his Kind are prime examples of that. I had no choice but to turn into a hare. Sleep, or rest was simply not an option until they were done, dusted and subbed. Does that make them somehow inferior to my other works who took longer? Well, I don't think so. I guess you, the readers are the judge in the end, and thankfully so far you seem to like my writing. Be that written by the hare or the tortoise ;-)
Personally, I would never dream of suggesting that how quickly an author manages to write and get those releases out there, is any indication of how good an author they are. Do I marvel at those who manage word counts of several K a day? You bet I do. Do I wish I was like them?
No, actually. I write what my characters tell me and at the speed I can manage at any given time. Do I begrudge other author's productivity? Again, no, why would I? I am far too busy trying to do my own stories justice with everything else I have to juggle. So I really do not understand the tendency to point fingers, make excuses, call it what you will. And don't get me started on drive by one star ratings, which smack of other authors trying to put down someone else's success. Thankfully I don't seem to have fallen victim to that, yet, but friends have, and the sheer vitriol behind some of them is astonishing to me.
There will always be room for a good story, so let's all just concentrate on writing the best stories we can, however quickly that may be.