I've been wondering about something for quite awhile. Normally, I'm not a fast writer. I plod along, agonize a LOT and finally I'll reach that satisfying ending and no one could accuse me of being the writing energizer bunny. It's just not me. At the beginning of this year, I made it a goal of writing a book a month. Yes, a lofty goal for me and one that I know I won't make, at least not this year. I tried. I really did but life got seriously in the way. Illness in the family on several fronts and other assorted catastrophies stifled not only my creativity to put a damper on the whole 'speed thing'. My friends know that I often say....fast doesn't necessarily mean good. Developing layered characters, letting them fall in love and giving them a hot time between the sheets takes work, time, effort. Right?
Many of my friends are prolific. They write seemingly 24/7 and crank out the work so fast my head spins. I'm proud of them and love seeing their monthly releases because I know how hard they've worked to do this. I guess everyone is just different. Sometimes it bothers me that I'm not a speedy storyteller...at times I've been downright depressed over it.
Here's what I'm wondering though....is a release per month a good thing? Do you run the risk of over-exposure? I have never seen figures on this and I'm truly curious if there are statistics out there that say it's good or bad or hmmmm indifferent. On the other hand, if you don't have releases often enough, readers could forget all about you. I'm sooooo confused. I know many writers prefer something released every other month. That sounds good to me. I'm truly comfortable with that number. What do you think?
I know one thing though. Making a lame New Year's Resolution to push yourself beyond your comfort level is not for me. I won't be making that mistake again.