The Twitter writing community rocks my socks. I would be lost without them but there is a little bit of a superiority thing at play at times, with some of them. We all share writing quotes on there, yay for us . . . especially if it motivates us, right?
Today, I saw this: "If you only write when inspired, you may be a fairly decent poet, but you'll never be a novelist." Neil Gaiman
Nice job, Neil. With that quote you've gone and possibly insulted numerous writers. I'm not insulted but I do (obviously) feel the need to write a blog post to state I disagree. I'm not saying this is how every writer should think because I can only speak for myself but here are my facts.
1. I can only write when I am inspired.
2. You simply can not force words. Well, I know I can't anyway. I just end up all stressed out and wondering why I'm even a writer.
3. Quality over quantity. ALWAYS. I would much rather spend only one day out of the entire week writing if those words are mostly all good enough to keep. What a waste of time and words it would be to write while I'm not inspired.
4. When I struggle with inspiration on current projects, I blog or write poems or write notes for the bigger projects. Play with sentence structure or toy with possible scenes and scenarios, think over imagery and so on.
Holly Evans @ShadowChaosFox
@loarnagreen my writing is markedly lower quality when I force it & my stress levels sky-rocket. I've written 5 novels the last year.
I agree with Holly 100%. I am a mess if I try to force it. I am a big fan of writers who write every day, good on you guys. But, I am also a big fan of doing what works best for you. We all work differently. Some writers churn out book after book, some spend years on the one novel. There IS no right or wrong. The only wrong thing is looking down on other writers for working slower than you and for having smaller daily (or weekly, or even monthly) word counts than you. Who cares, as long as it all gets done in the end.
You can follow the thread on Twitter here
Update: Ironically enough, I haven't pumped out a lot of words this week. I currently have shingles and let me tell you, if you've never had the 'pleasure' you are lucky AF. I initially thought it was a spider bite (well, bites) but alas, it is shingles. Thanks adult chicken pox virus for rearing your totally ugly head. I have endometriosis and clearly am no stranger to pain and nerve pain . . . but this pain and nerve pain is its own special blend of hell. I have lots of plot ideas though and have been playing around with those.
Have a great weekend!