So, a particular Twitter conversation recently got me thinking.
The Twitter convo was actually a poll, something to this effect; would you rather write 1000 decent words a day and be published every year, or write 100 outstanding words a day and be published once every 5 years.
No brainer, I thought. Who’d be happy to publish ‘decent’ writing just for the vanity (or greed) of being constantly published, when they could sacrifice time and have a truly wonderful book at the end?
Turns out, according to the poll results, more than half of people who answered the poll indicated they’d prefer to write ‘decent’ writing and get it published more frequently, rather than spend a longer time to hone and polish a marvelous piece.
At first, I was outraged. Then came dismay. But as I mulled on this surprising development, I began to wonder if perhaps I’m too – wait for it – precious with my writing? Is the real reason Guns of Perdition has languished in writing (and now editing hell) for THREE years because I’m a perfectionist? Because I can’t stand the thought of *releasing something ‘decent’ but not outstanding? If so… is that right? Should I be so hard on myself when – clearly – some other writers aren’t, and their stuff is not only published but selling?
Where do you fall on this issue? Are you happy to take the time to sculpt and hone to make something truly exceptional, knowing it might take years to be released? Or are you happy publishing something quickly that’s decent, but not standout.
Or do you have another take on this issue entirely? Share your thoughts below!
*releasing in this instance refers to self-publishing