It can be difficult to balance our desire for quality writing, with our desire to put out as many books as possible for our readers.Since I write a series, I definitely feel the pressure to put out a certain number of books a year, and over the last few years I’ve found that pressure to release my writing faster and faster build.
There are many authors who can publish a multitude of novels every year – five or more – which I find astounding. But no matter how much I write, and how hard I work, I cannot write that quickly, without starting to sacrifice the quality of my stories, and of my writing.
I used to struggle with the feeling that in order to put out books more frequently, I was going to have to start sacrificing the quality of my storytelling, until I noticed something interesting. The more I write, the more novels I finish, and release, the better I get at the process. Not just at the writing part, though my writing has certainly improved over time, but I’ve improved at every aspect of getting a novel ready for publication. I’m better at organizing my release, at getting my novel ready for pre-order, at commissioning cover art, at the entire editing, and rewriting process, and at connecting with people who are interested in my work.
This means that I can put out two good books a year, have time to focus on making those reader connections, and still tell a good story. I’ve come to terms with the fact that this is what I can manage while keeping a good balance between quantity and quality; keeping readers satiated, and me sane but challenged.
Do you ever feel the pull between quantity and quality? Tell me in the comments below!
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