… Author ‘deadlines’ versus ‘smelling the roses on the way through the literary garden’…

…looking back over the years, I s’pose this ol’ Jurassic has some ‘previous’ in railing against ‘norms’… it’s not that I’ve set out to be any kinda rebel or maverick, but I do like to do things my own way, and at my own pace… in particular, I seem to recall well-intentioned folks telling me, ‘you’re not supposed/allowed/meant to do things THAT way!’… be that as it may, I haven’t started any WURLD wars, triggered any revolutions, or had Interpol hunt me down for crimes known or unknown (yet)… comes now this late career sortie into the life of an Author… the past eight years has provided so much pleasure in producing my wee Jack Calder crime thriller masterpieces, and all the attendant SOSYAL NETWURKS activity that has accompanied that… along the way, I’ve read many blogs and advice columns and so-called ‘experts’ postulating about the need for setting yerself writing deadlines…

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…scribbling to order… so many WURDS per day… dictated by publisher or readership market demands… and I say BORROX! and DUBBLE-BORROX!! to all of them… I feel certain many fellow quill-scrapers will feel the same way as I do… when I’m in ‘creative writing’ mode, there are times I don’t want it to finish… the delight in producing passages that sparkle in yer own head is priceless… which brings me back to the tenet, ‘an author should write for herself/himself’… I’m often saddened when I see major names in the industry, with deserved praise for their early novels, fall into the trap of having to produce more of the same as quickly as possible for some imaginary production line for their stuff, and inferior-quality books result… currently, my fifth wee masterpiece, DEADLY IMPASSE, is coming along nicely… but it will be done when I’m done, ‘coz the plot and the narrative (as usual) is taking a life of its own… and I LUV that…

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…for me it’s a no-brainer choice— Author ‘deadlines’ versus ‘smelling the roses on the way through the literary garden’… and I like the scent… would be interesting to learn if other Writers feel the same way?… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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10 responses to “… Author ‘deadlines’ versus ‘smelling the roses on the way through the literary garden’…

  1. I like the scent, too! The very worst thing anyone can say to me is, “So, how’s the next book coming, then?” because I immediately stop in my tracks and begin feeling terribly guilty since it’s “not going anywhere, then” ,,, But I am thinking about it, all the time! Just not actually putting words down. Maybe I do need a deadline.

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  2. I look at it this way, Seumas, I’m too old to be hurried. I’ll get there in my own time. For instance, I was once a slow eater and was told I had to eat faster. Now that I eat faster, I read everywhere, and am told, I need to eat slower. You can’t win. 😀

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  3. I totally agree, Seumas.

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  4. If you don’t get up and look around once in awhile, how’s that going to work? They always say to write what you know…better experience things or it risk only knowledge of stress, rush, and “hurry, hurry hurry”…

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  5. Only the story and the characters should hurry us along, if anything. I usually come to a point where I have to go forth and finish, because I want to know what will happen!

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  6. Yes, I agree, Seumas, but must add some reservations. I feel some writers need and even appreciate a kick in the ass. Several successful novelists I can think of have come from the world of journalism and have benefitted from the discipline of having to meet deadlines. Hemingway was one. And although he took his time over his novels, he was a hard working writer who could get down to it.
    One of the first novels I bought on Kindle was authored by a retired Manchester policeman. A police procedural, it was heralded as the first in a promised series, with the sequel “coming soon.” It wasn’t that good and I felt needed serious editing. Nevertheless, he’d tried and gets ten out of ten for effort. But that was three years ago and we’re still waiting for the sequel that is still “coming soon” and the continuation of the series.
    Imagine if his novel had been a blockbuster, taken up by a big publishing house and even made into a hit movie. The pressure from fans seeking more, from the publishing house, and the demands of fame and fortune would most likely have galvanized him into action. But we don’t want to go too far.
    Amazon used to boast that their poster boy, John Locke, (remember him, the guy who bought all those five star reviews?) had written six different novels in three different genres in six months. My mind boggles.
    A lady I know wrote a fan fiction novella for Kindle Worlds, finishing it in two weeks. I’m not impressed.
    Some writers are fast. Georges Simenon of “Maigret” fame could produce a novel in four to seven weeks. But he barricaded himself in like a hermit. Others take longer. I believe a writer should ideally write to the beat of a drum that he alone can hear. And smell the roses on the way.
    Please excuse the length.

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