Instinct 3d stack smallI have yet to find a balance. I write at least 2,000 words a day, but that's not enough. At the end of that session, I rarely feel like I've done enough to propel my career. Most of the time, I'm also working to rewrite, edit, or format an older piece of work. A lot of times, I'll come back to that work at the end of the day. This year, I've been constantly engaged in trying to get a new book out. If I were a more established author, I'm sure I would be concerned about oversaturating the market. But, because my audience is still growing, I feel it's okay to put out a book every couple of months.

This year, I've put out Migrators, Skillful Death, and Instinct. Technically, Migrators was available the last week of 2013, but I still count it as a 2014 book. I've got two more up my sleeve for the coming months. Perhaps that's too many, but I'm trying to earn a living. I tell myself that at some point in the future I will take my time and be a little more thoughtful with my work. I'm not sure if that's true. Sure, I think that the quality of my books could be improved if I allotted more time for each, but it's really difficult to sell a novel if I'm not willing to let anyone look at it. And if I'm not selling any novels, it's really difficult to justify sitting here writing them. There's only so much time I can justify spending before I need to earn some money on the effort.

With all that in mind, I've spent September writing 3,000 words a day on my latest project. I'm still spending less than four hours a day on new work, so it's not exactly back-breaking labor. Like I said, I have yet to find a balance. Some people don't like my books, but I'm pretty convinced that they wouldn't like them if I spent twice as long on each. They're just not for everyone.

I started writing for several reasons, but mostly because it's difficult to find the kind of fiction that I really wanted to read. I think I'm getting better at telling these stories, and I'm certain that the act of putting together a novel gets easier each time. I hope to find a balance. I hope to find confidence that I'm doing enough each day, and that the quality of my work reaches and maintains an acceptable plateau. For the life of me, I can't imagine how I will ever measure my writing against those goals.


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