Confessions of a Slow Writer

Confessions of a Slow Writer, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com, writing, am writing, writers, writers life, writing life
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I am a slow writer. I’m talking snail slow. Molasses on a cold day slow. George R.R. Martin slow.

I don’t like writing at this pace. I have ideas, stories, entire series impatiently waiting to be written– but they all just have to keep waiting. It’s not only the ideas that are on hold, either; interested readers have been waiting for the follow-up to Love Lies Bleeding since… *checks calendar*….2017. Yikes. I’m really sorry, guys. I promise I’m working as fast as I can.

It’s especially frustrating for me when I see other authors putting out books like clockwork. Some can get one completed every year, some every few months. Some even manage to deliver new books every few weeks. Meanwhile I’m over here trying not to think about all my lost potential.

I have reasons, of course. Too many to list, some probably more valid than others. The last several years I’ve been dealing with a lot: grief, major disruptions in my living situation, an ongoing attempt to buy a home and finally settle down, and– oh yes– an apparently never-ending pandemic. Isaac Newton may have been able to discover the theory of gravity while isolating from the Plague, but I find the stress of trying to not catch a deadly disease isn’t particularly conducive to the creative process.

Even if all these issues disappeared tomorrow, I’m pretty sure I’d still be a slower-than-average writer. That’s because the main reason I take as long as I do is one that will never go away. Simply put: I don’t want to force it. When the Muse is with me, I can get pages and pages done. Those are great days. But the Muse isn’t always so generous. The thing is, you can still write when you’re not inspired. You can sit in front of your keyboard and tell yourself you need to produce X number of words, and then you can do it. We’ve all been there, with a word count and a deadline and grim determination.

But just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should do it.

Reality is, no one produces their best work when they’re forcing themselves. They’re lucky if they produce anything halfway decent under those circumstances. I could churn out books like some writers do, but those would never be books I’d be happy with. I’ve read my fair share of rushed books, and I think it’s safe to say that the authors who write that way probably aren’t really happy with their work, either.

When I take my time with my writing, I can make sure I’m producing something worth the effort. I can put together a story I would want to read and, hopefully, one that readers will find worth reading.

Maybe once life settles down a bit, I’ll be able to pick up the pace. But I hope my readers will understand if I can’t get a new book to them as often as we’d all like.

How about you– is there something you prefer to take your time doing? Share in the comments…

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Cheers,

Aspasía S. Bissas

15 Replies to “Confessions of a Slow Writer”

  1. I feel this so much. I’d like to finish my novel-length wip, but I can’t produce anything worthwhile when I try to force myself to write.

    It doesn’t help that I managed to misplace my outline and notes. *headdesk*

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    1. If it makes you feel any better, the first manuscript I ever completed was entirely lost due to a computer crash. That’s how I learned to constantly back things up. I’m sure when your story is ready, you’ll be able to sit down and it will flow.

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      1. Ouch.
        I’ve done a lot of proofreading for friends over the years. Way back, maybe 2008, someone asked me to do an emergency run-through of a short story that needed to be submitted for a contest by midnight that night. The story needed extensive work, tenses didn’t agree, that sort of thing. I finished the job – and Microsoft Word ate it. Neither I nor the author had a back-up. Fortunately, though, the friendship survived. The author and I both learned the hard way to always keep two back-up copies: one in e-mail, one the word processing program. I also print out the current draft and save those pages until I’m absolutely done, at which point I save a printout of the final version.Live and learn.

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      2. Ah, well. It was merely a link to a meme:
        1st person: I worked on my story today.
        2nd person: You opened the document.
        1st person: I worked on my story today!

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