The Problem with Writing Novels

Last year I wrote two novels. I am currently working on a third. The fourth is planned.

Writing is the biggest part of the process. You can’t move forward until you have the words on paper. I’m already ahead of the game.

I will finish the year with a huge pile of words in front of me. Some worth keeping. Some will need to be trashed. So I find myself with three or four novels to edit. Do I take a year off from writing and just edit this work? Perhaps I look back and see that there was nothing worth keeping? I hate the idea of losing the forward momentum I have with my writing. At the same time, I need to polish the coal into diamonds. I can’t just keep churning out novel after novel and not do anything with it. That doesn’t move me closer my goals.

Granted, this too is part of the learning process. And who knows, maybe one day I will churn out novels that need minimal editing. That time isn’t now.

On the far side, once that novel is finished that I have spent roughly a year working on, it could be read in a week or less by someone… Well, I guess that becomes job security if people are constantly in need of new books to read.

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Author: Joshua

Joshua is a writer of SFF, leaning more to the fantasy side of the genre. Travel the road with me as I tell the stories.

4 thoughts on “The Problem with Writing Novels”

  1. I guess you need to ask yourself what you are writing for? If it is for the pure enjoyment and you have no designs for anything else, then keep writing. If publication is a goal, I would suggest you devote some time to editing. Perhaps not both the books you have written. Perhaps just the first. Or second if your gut instinct is that one is better. \

    For me, editing, hard though it can be, makes my writing better. And I don’t mean the stuff already down on paper, but also the writing process.

    1. Hey Darren, Thanks for the post!

      Publication is definitely the goal. You’re correct, I definitely need to work through some edits. And while I’m doing that I need to keep reminding myself that I’m making progress, just a different kind of progress.

      1. Two quotes for you:

        Harry Shaw: “There is no such thing as good writing. There is only good rewriting.”
        Michael Crichton: “Books are not written–they’re rewritten.”

        Editing is still writing!

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