So, it’s been a while. Just busy is all. You guys know how it is.
Anyway, the other day I came across a shocking post about not writing fast. Apparently, whoever wrote that stated that it’s impossible to write a marvelous story in anything less than a few years, let alone a few months as we indie publishers do. And not only that, but it sparked a pretty large argument between writers. Now, first of all, I thought that if any group of people would get along with each other, it would be writers. I mean, after all, we’re all doing the same thing; working hard without being paid in the hopes that someone will like our books. But that’s for another discussion.
Of course you can rush good art and it is entirely possible to write a “flawless” book in a matter of months, if not weeks. I won’t bore you guys with the list of great classics that have been written in less than three months, but you’d be surprised.
Now, we all know the expression “You can’t rush good art.” Well, this is the 21st century, and I’m here to tell you that you can. You can rush good art. You can rush great art. You can rush outstanding, marvelous terrific art. You just have to want it. And I have that on good authority, because I married an artist.
You guys will probably continue to hear a lot about how awesome my wife is, but suffice to say, she’s an amazing artist. When I first met her, she was working as a granite etcher. What’s a granite etcher? Well, thousands of people want designs carved into their memorials. My wife etched granite tombstones specifically. It’s a narrow field, but it’s pretty popular. To give you guys an idea, go and google Billy Mays’ tombstone. See his face in the corner? My wife’s former boss etched that over the course of a few hours, I believe.
Anyway, yes, you can rush good art. Because sometimes you have to. My wife had one tombstone in particular going to Alabama somewhere. She calls it the “Stained Glass Angel” since it was an angel on stained glass. Only it was five feet tall and two feet wide. And every square inch of that die had to be etched. My wife did the whole thing in just over a week. Close to 50 hours or so, because the customer needed it NOW. Why? I have no idea. The person had already passed away. She also had to sign a form saying that she’d never etch that pattern again in the same state, so apparently, it was a pretty big deal.
Now, of course this is just one example and that doesn’t prove a thing. But go out and see the story of how Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in just six weeks and tell me that good writing needs to take years.
I find such a notion laughable, to be honest. However, if people want to publish a book every few years and make a pittance off of it, they are free to do it. But I want make money while doing something I would otherwise do for free anyway, so I’ll be writing as much as a can and hopefully, I’ll get to the point where I can write an amazing book every three months or so. Stephen King even says that a typical novel should take a season to write. That’s three months, and I think he knows more about writing than whoever that lady was that wrote that blog post or whatever.
So, anyway. This boils down to two things. One: I want to dispel the myth that you can’t rush good art. Because you can. and Two: don’t tell people, especially writers, what they can and can’t do. Because a lot of us make our money making the impossible seem possible and the unbelievable, believable.
As a side note, why the stigmata about writing books for money? Of course I do this for money. I also do it because, like I said, I’d be doing it anyway. Why not make a living off of doing something you love to do? It’s like getting paid for art decreases its value somehow. Write for money. Write for fun. Write for art. But most importantly, write!