Some of us just aren’t that creative

I like to say that people don’t judge a book on how long it took to write.
With that in mind, I hear the occasional story about some guy who holed up in a beach hotel and pounded out an award winning novel over the span of a weekend. Or how some housewife sent her handwritten first draft to an editor and got a publishing contract.
Personally, I think these stories are like those overnight success tales of Hollywood, or the rock star who walks into a recording studio and accidentally sings for a producer, and ends up headlining a national tour the following week.
Still, I know there are writers who are much better than I am.
But I love to write. Unfortunately, it takes me at least a year to get a first draft finished and two more to make it presentable.
I guess if I left everything behind and had to write to eat, I might be faster, or better or both. But I’m not going that far out on a limb. I wish I was better so that I could write for a living, but I’m just not.
Still, I am driven to I write.
So I suffer with my inadequacies, hoping someday to get that nod of approval from a professional and get paid for my writing, which took so long to perfect.

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About 3by3 writing method

The author of 12 books, half of them textbooks, two novels and three self help. has struggled with his challenges of completion, distractions, plotting and writers block. Finally after getting stopped I stopped and analyzed what was going on and spent a lot of introspection, research and reading trying to locate the source of these issues. The result of was the 3by3 writing method - a three step program to start and then continue the process of completing a story all the way to publication.
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2 Responses to Some of us just aren’t that creative

  1. sydrak says:

    Nice post, and I get your point. Sure, I could probably have pounded out a book in one weekend if I wanted to eat, but would it have been good? Doubtfully:P Besides, I think people learn to appreciate their achievements more if they have to struggle a little:)

    • some art is inspired and is quickly accomplished others take longer. F. Scott did not write many books, but wrote many short stories. The short stories paid, the novels took longer and were not a sure thing.

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