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.