Meditations on Writing #1 – Quantity, Quality, and Balance

I’m a writer – I call myself a writer. I write.

What does that really mean when you get down to it, the nuts and the bolts of what that means to me.

I love telling stories and I love knowing that people enjoy what I write. I like the idea that I’ve left an idea, an image, a thought, inside someone’s head.

I enjoy the process of seeing what a seed of an idea sprouts as and whether it’s a sapling or an oak, it feels like the stories are just meant to be written.

It feels like they’re separate from me even though I’ve read them.

I’m not the best writer, nor the worst, but I hope that the story is always enough to overcome whatever shall falls I may have in the construction of the writing.

The question I often ask myself is whether the quantity or quality of the writing is the most important?

I see it in three ways:

Quantity –
When you’re trying to build a habit, establish a routine, doing it over and over again is useful, it helps those neurones fire over and over again. I started publishing every day and managed about 70 days, but it was just too much, so now I publish fiction twice a week. Even that can sometimes be too much, so the Thursday stories tends to be shorter.

Quality –
In The Plague by Albert Camus he describes a writer who constantly rewrites the line ‘One fine morning in May a slim young horsewoman might have been seen riding a handsome sorrel mare along the flower avenues of the Bois deBoulogne’ . Over and over again he rephrases that sentence one way, then the next- with me, that is the danger.
Of course I want to improve, like any artist who wants to get better, but the quality issue stopped me from writing for years.

Balance –
Ideally I’d spend weeks writing a story and then publish it, but then the fickle internet doesn’t work that way. Unless you publish a lot, you simply won’t get readers. Even with my incredibly low amount of followers (thank you all that do follow), I know from experience that not publishing for a while leads to a drop in people engaging with my work.

Luckily, I find joy in writing short pieces of fiction. The line of quantity and quality is one that I’m prepared to tread, but with that knowledge comes the understanding that I may never get the following I want, may never get that big book deal, but I will always be able to practice the art I love.

p.s. Please do follow and share my blog if you find value in it ๐Ÿ™‚

4 thoughts on “Meditations on Writing #1 – Quantity, Quality, and Balance

  1. Wonderfully stated! Love the analysis…I don’t think I’ve ever thought about writing so in-depth and categorized it…

    What you said about balance stood out to me. It’s true that the more you post, the more followers you have; however, sometimes I revel in the people who post sparsely as their writing becomes more special and rare – it creates separation and want for more.

    I myself have been blogging for five years and sit at 125 followers, but it’s nice to know they read for what I write, and not for how much I post. Time sifts through the good followers I suppose.

    And yes, your blog has value and is unique due to its sci-fi stories and descriptions. I love reading your posts, thank you ๐Ÿ–ค

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    1. Thank you for your kind words ๐Ÿ™‚ Iโ€™m going to write more of these meditations as I think coming from someone who isnโ€™t trying to sell anything, get sponsors, etc.. I can be completely honest about what the writing process is for me.

      I think another difficultly is that besides the shortness of my posts, I donโ€™t easily fit into a genre as whilst I love to write sci-fi, sometimes the story emerges as something else ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I love being a reader of your work! I’ve always felt that it /should/ be quality over quantity, but you’re right, the internet has ruined that. However, the small group that does continuously read you (because even those with thousands of followers still only have that smaller loyal following) are people who are really reading & appreciating the writing. I like that a lot more than I like being “big & famous”, but that’s just me. We all have different writing goals.
    As long as you keep posting, I’ll keep reading, no matter how often you post. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘

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    1. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ Iโ€™ve never wanted to be big and famous, but I suppose if Iโ€™m completely honest with myself I would like to get to a point with more followers. I guess Iโ€™m like any artist in that I like the validation of it, if that makes sense?

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