Thursday, 24 May 2012

Writing Fast or Writing Slow?

The New York Times recently published an article on how writers are having to speed up to feed the ravenous book market. But good work takes time, says Kirsty Logan at IdeasTap, who asks whether we should be slowing down instead . . . (Read more)

I love to take my time with a novel. Novels need time and space to breathe. Ideas come to you that flesh them out and make them carry greater weight. But deadlines are also essential and sometimes we hoard our words, keeping them private, for fear that they're not good enough.

So how do you strike that balance? Well, I guess money is a factor. Do you need to finish it by Friday to get paid next week and pay the bills? Then get a move on, writer! But perhaps you don't have a deadline, don't have an editor, and don't even have an agent. In which case: take your time. It's not a race. Set yourself realistic goals to make sure you write lots during your first couple of drafts (that's absolutely key), but when it comes to the reflection period--slow down. You have plenty of time to make sure your writing really sings, and then, when you do send it out to an agent/editor/publisher, you'll have a much higher chance of succeeding (in most cases).

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