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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