Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The Insecure Writer and Being a Slow Writer
Today is December's contribution to Alex Cavanaugh's Insecure Writers Support Group.
Why am I an Insecure Writer this month?
Because slow writers like me are fighting an uphill battle.
I’ve posted before about being a slow writer, and when that slowness is coupled with a busy schedule, progress on my WIP often drops to a snail’s pace. And this year has been particularly vexing in that regard. (The details will be the topic of a future post.) Nevertheless, I've come to accept being a slow writer. It's who I am. Of course, I still fantasize that one day I’ll be a fast writer, but I’m not holding my breath.
But in these heady days of publishing—especially self-publishing—everything I read suggests an author needs to be prolific to be successful. Book promotions, for instance, are often a waste of time unless the author has several books available for purchase. Several books? Yikes! At the rate I’m going, I’ll be retired before I finish three books.
Hmmm. The time I’m spending on this post is already making me antsy. I think perhaps I should wrap up this post and get back to my story.
What about you guys? Does not having a lot of published books worry you? Do you feel pressured to finish books as quickly as you can?