“When I’m inspired, I get excited because I can’t wait to see what I’ll come up with next.”—Dolly Parton
“kichenbich” is this morning’s winner on our third day of Christmas. Congratulations!
Alison Kent has posted a very thoughtful blog entry on what writing fast means to authors in this business. And she’s right that it’s a mixed bag of blessings.
Personally, I like writing at full speed. I wouldn’t be comfortable with a slower schedule for the simple reason that it would feel as though I wasn’t working hard enough. Pressure is good for me. It keeps me on my toes. And while I would like more time to revise and mull, that’s just the way it is. Life ain’t perfect, you can’t always get what you want, and to succeed you just have to step up to the plate, give it your best swing, and haul off with everything you’ve got.
I think it’s fun. Occasionally not fun, too, but hey, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Everyone has their own definition of “real stress.” You know, the kind of stress that makes you want to vomit and scream at the same time? Been there, done that. I know what makes me tick. And this, what I’m doing now, no matter how much hard work it takes, is not the kind of stress that is anything close to what really works me up. Like I said, this is fun.
And maybe one day I’ll slow down. But one-book-a-year, slow? I don’t know if I’ll ever go that far. That’s just crazy talk.