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I'm a perfectionist. It took me forever to write my first novel (and I'm not talking about the practice ones and half started ones that I have lying around on my hard drive somewhere). It took me around 4 years, but that was with researching (yeah, mine's a vamp novel but I researched my butt off), world creation, character creation and writing... I just had to get everything perfect.
For my new story, I've learnt my lesson and I've actually given myself some goals that I'm aiming to meet. This is where quantity vs quality comes into play. As writers, it's the quality of work that people take notice of. But, writers also need to keep busy and always be working on another project.
How does one balance the quality vs quantity dilemma?
- revise, revise, revise... put that manuscript away for a month and come back with fresh eyes.
- get yourself beta readers/critique group (they're invaluable).
- set goals. Have that date set that you need to have the first draft finished by.
- always have another project to start working on as soon as you write "THE END".
- HAVE FUN... you'll never get anywhere if you don't enjoy what you write.
So, do you focus on quality or quantity in the first draft? Do you do anything to make sure you have both quality and quantity?