Patience

Between the chapters of The Anvil of the Craftsman (the edits of which come in one by one from my Single Candle Press editress) my writing lately has been on a sequel, The Britteridge Heresy. The progress of the second novel is slow, because of the many more tasks demanding my attention these days.

No blog needed writing during the first draft of AOTC, or Facebook postings, or Tweets. There was no business entity to attend or contacts to maintain. I just had to write, and I produced 94,500 words in three months. I am four months into BH, and the follow-up is at roughly 60% in first draft. Ordinarily, as a diligent sort, that would bother me. But it doesn’t, and I’ll tell you why.

Patience is an element of craftsmanship, and writing is a craft. Amazon or Smashwords or Barnes and Noble do not care if you put up a first draft for sale. They won’t care if it sells six copies to your immediate family then stalls, because their shelf space is infinite, and sometimes even a crap-fest of an e-book will sell well. Read the one-star reviews of the hottest selling ninety-nine cent titles on Amazon. You will see people who paid less than a buck and are still pissed, not about the buck, but about the time that they will never get back. Craft doesn’t produce one-star reviews (not justly rated ones anyway), and patience is a central element of craftsmanship.

Take the time necessary to produce your desired result. Pride comes from a sense of achievement, the recognition of having produced worthy outcome. Edit, revise, and edit again until every element of your grammar, punctuation, and storyline that bothered you in the least stands addressed, then have your editor do the same. You may not sell a million dirt cheap e-books, but the ones you do sell will be the best that you can produce.

You as a writer owe your readers a good quality experience. Money changed hands, and their expectations were the genesis. Don’t let them down. Don’t give in to impatience. If you have a deadline, organize your time so it does not affect the quality of your output. Take the time necessary to achieve the result you desire. Then do it all again. It’s worth it, trust me on that.

Choose to Love, -DA

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