Good morning all. Kacey here again. Happy weekend!
My post today is something I’d just spoken with my husband about recently. He’s my sounding board for many things when it comes to writing and we had a discussion about how NOT prolific I am, and he talked me off a ledge of frustration. I wanted to write about this topic today as what NOT to think about. LOL However, it is a topic that some authors do observe and it is natural to notice these things but not obsess over.
In this business there are a lot of authors who can write pretty fast. It’s something I’ve noticed and felt lacking with. Some authors can write a book a month which always astonishes me. Kudos to them first of all! And it is an accomplishment that can be done. Many authors are disciplined to bust out 5k words a day. (I have managed this once in my writing career – at 9k in one day). But for some it’s not always easy. And I do open my stories every day and will type up words, only it doesn’t always amount to much. So a book a month is possible but frustrating as well. As an author that can’t usually succeed at it, and I watch authors produce book after book with their publishers, they’re always on the new release list, I won’t say it’s a jealousy at all that I feel when I see this, it is awe a lot, but it’s a maddening sense of failure I feel at times. I mean with each new release there’s promo to do as well, which can hinder starting the next book for some. And not to make excuses but I’m still learning how to balance writing and my kids. It’s become better over the last couple years as they have gotten older, but there’s still a lot going on with them.
In my head, I know that for each author the writing process is vastly different for all of us. But as my husband repeatedly says, “It’s not a race, dear.” And I believe him, and in my head I believe it, but it weighs heavily for me – and I know other authors who lean toward the same frustrations from time to time.
Sometimes in this business it is a balancing act of many things – time, family, marketing, preparation time in outlining the next book to write – and I’m learning that my process is MINE. I have to do what works for me and ignore all else. I confess, I’m a meticulous author who now outlines a story, completely staying away from as much of the last book as possible. I try to ensure that none of my plot, settings or anything gets repeated in each book (unless it’s a series) because I am not a fan of stories written where only the names of the characters or the locale have changed. And for some authors that is how they accomplish writing one or two stories a month. I flesh out my stories and do what needs to be done for fresh and new ideas. I don’t like the repetitive stuff.
All in all, while we all want to be prolific beasts at our computers, for some of us the writing process is very different. Maybe one day we’ll all be writing a book a month but it really isn’t a race. It’s not about how many stories this author or that doles out every month / year. It’s not something I obsess on but it is does get noticed. I’m glad I’m not the only one either. For all authors, hone your craft/ your process as you see fit and don’t worry about the small stuff. It’s really not as important as we may think it is.
Everyone has to remember the phrase “To Thine Own Self Be True”. Write your process. Don’t worry what others are doing. All of us have to be true to who we are, the stories we write and the craft of genius that we all possess. Each of us takes writing differently from others and that is what makes us each unique. Always remember it’s not a race to have the highest number of releases out there, to “beat” others, and not consider it a failure when you don’t reach the perceived success of others. You are you and each book completed is a success.
Writing is not a race. But you have to plant your butt in the chair and get words in every day. That is a must if you want to finish a story! *g* The stories won’t write themselves. Though, I think there should be some sort of device made so that all stories swirling around in an author’s head be instantly typed up and finished! HA!! We can all hope it would be that easy.
Until next week, happy reading!