Among the most interesting reads I came across this week was this piece by Anne R Allen. It’s on something every indie author is obsessed with, at least in periphery: speed. We compete on leaderboards where writers crank out two to three novels a month – so is the slow writer doomed?
I first blogged about the plight of slow writers back in 2014, Anne writes. All the indie superstar gurus were telling writers to grind out ebooks as fast as they could type to take advantage of the “Kindle Gold Rush”.
Three years later, the Kindle Gold Rush is history, but there’s even more pressure to write fast–not only for authors who self-publish, but for traditionally published authors as well.
The New York Times reported recently: “The practice of spacing an author’s books at least one year apart is gradually being discarded as publishers appeal to the same “must-know-now” impulse that drives binge viewing.”
I’m afraid I’m in the tortoise camp myself. My plots morph and change during the writing process and never bear much resemblance to my original outline. That means I spend a lot of time rewriting and reworking. So am I doomed to fail?
In this thoughtful piece, Anne goes over both sides of the argument, examining every major aspect from writing to publishing. Absolutely worth the read.
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