I won’t tell how many novels I work on at one time; and COMPLETE and PUBLISH.
When I first started talking about the novels I wanted to write and had written… and published, folks thought I was bragging… trying to make someone envious. I wasn’t. Didn’t even realize this could be mistaken for bragging. I was just so excited to be pulling off stories I always wanted to write.
It was only when I was pulled aside... and not once or twice, but quite a few times I was asked ‘to please work on one story at a time...’ analogous for slow down. That’s when I started examining what was happening.
The best way to achieve perfection is NOT by slowing down, but increasing output, not only to build on performance, but to know the book publishing industry in its entirety, inside out.
The practice reminds me of days when I used to swim with a friend who had the built-in underground swimming pool. She was a far better swimmer because she got to swim everyday. I only had weekends to practice. Over time she got even better. I didn’t.
Same goes for anyone getting to the top of their game…from the b-ball court to those who make it to the Olympics...and win the Gold. They all have been working at it, every single, almost minute of a day… perfecting on their game long before reaping the accolades.
Reading Between the Lines… Passion drives commitment. More inspiration for aspiring writers.