For once we have a non-Kickstarter centric update and a post that isn't me whining and complaining about how absolutely tired I am. I mean, I am, but that's not the point. The point is I seem to be a fast writer and at this point I'm wondering if it's a good thing or a bad thing. There are a lot of people who say that writing takes a lot of time. There are a lot of people for whom writing DOES seem to take a long time. There can be up to a year between books in a series or longer,
Then you have people who don't take so long. You have people like Stephen King, a man who writes so many books that people assume he must have a ghost writer, although he staunchly denies it and just says he knows how to write. How you write is you putt your butt in your seat and don't leave it until you've written something.
I don't think I write as fast as Stephen King does but I seem to write faster than your average writer. While you can argue that yes, I may have written a book in a week but it doesn't count because it was full of errors, I attribute those errors to my lack of ability. I still needed to have experience to know just how much those things sucked, and then would have the power to change them. The edits themselves, that turned them in to pretty good stories, only took a few hours. A post takes me twenty minutes, tops, to write. An update to Immortal Space takes half an hour to an hour if I have trouble. In the space of about two hours on Saturday I wrote a 2000-ish word story. To make it better there were barely any errors. So far I've only had one grammatical one pointed out to me. Another guy I know who writes is working on a story that's about two or three times as long and he's been working on it for a few days now.
To be honest I actually feel like a bad writer because I write so fast. I assume that because they're written so fast, my stories must be bad. This isn't the case either though because a story I wrote at two AM, in the space of an hour or two, has been seen by 637 people, liked by 107, and disliked by FOUR. That's quite a bloody differential. I just looked again and saw that it had been favourited by 78 people. I need to look at these things more.
If only I could actually use this power to my advantage. I personally think sometimes it's to make up for the fact that I have trouble just sitting and writing. I don't write as often as I'd like, but when I do I get it done quickly and cleanly. I'm not sure what the point of all this is by the way. I'm not bragging or anything, I'm just wondering aloud. Is it good, is it bad? Is it even either of those things? So far it only seems like a bad thing because I don't use it to my advantage. If I did Immortal Space would be done by now, and I'd be the new Stephen King.
One last thing: It turns out there is something worse than waking up after four hours sleep. That would be waking up after four hours sleep ill, and with a splinter in one's foot that interferes with plans to walk in to town. I guess the great weekend I had really is over.