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Why Won’t This Writing Thing Go Faster?

This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. The first Wednesday of every month is Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. The awesome co-hosts for the May 3 posting of the IWSG will be Nancy Gideon, Tamara Narayan, Liesbet @ Roaming About, Michelle Wallace, and Feather Stone!

This month, I’m more anxious than insecure. What is causing my anxiety, you might ask? The fact that I’m not writing fast enough! I want stuff to send off to publishers! I want stuff to self-publish! I want something for Kindle Scout so I can try it out! I want a whole bunch of books all nice and neat and fully written, edited, and ready to go. So what’s the problem?

Well, I haven’t written them yet.

I have a bunch of ideas, and I’ve started writing, but aggravatingly, it seems you can’t just wave a magic wand and boom, your book is written. It turns out it takes days, even weeks, of putting your nose to the grindstone and churning out those words. Why does writing have to be so slow? Why does it have to take ages? Why can’t it be faster!

Sigh, I guess I’ll just keep hammering away on the keyboard and get those books written the hard way, then.

May 3 Question: What is the weirdest/coolest thing you ever had to research for your story?

In one of my books, I had one of my poor hapless characters shot, and unfortunately it was the viewpoint character, so I needed to know what that experience would be like. Never having been shot myself (if you don’t count shooting myself in the foot every time I screw up a plot point), I went on the hunt for first-hand stories of what it feels like to have a bullet go in you. I found some surprisingly detailed descriptions, so I really learned a lot and was able to write the scene realistically. I also talked to a person in real life who had been shot and learned even more. It turns out not every experience is the same and it varies depending on what part of your body is shot and by what sort of gun. Interesting stuff! Now I’m ready to shoot ALL my characters! Heh heh…

Megan Morgan View All

Paranormal and contemporary romance author.

50 thoughts on “Why Won’t This Writing Thing Go Faster? Leave a comment

  1. Ha! Great post. I’ve felt the same impatience before, so thought I’d solve the problem by writing more than one book at a time. The result? Several unfinished books.

    But I’ll get back to them…eventually.

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  2. Well, I’m never truly anxious about writier faster, for the simple reason that I know I am a very slow writer. I know I will never have multiple projects being publihed in one year, because I usually need multiple years for one project.
    I’ve tried to write faster, but it’s simply not me.

    This is actually one of the reasons why I’m still pursuing a traditional pubblication. I hear writers complaining all the time they cannot way the long time of trad publishing. Well, that’s actually a winning point for me.

    But then, I suppose, there is a path for everyone 😉

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  3. You truly make me wonder now how it feels to be shot… I imagine if no bones or vital parts are hit, it might not be too bad. I don’t have earrings, but I think it might be comparable to have those holes “shot”. Maybe you have been shot after all? 🙂 I do not want to venture towards how it would feel to be shot in the stomach or other voluminous parts of the body. Let’s change the topic…

    I wish the words would just flow out the way I have them in my head and the book would appear the way I imagine. Yep, too bad it doesn’t work that way. If you can write a book in weeks, I’d say that is not too long at all. I started on my memoir a year and a half ago and am not even halfway of the first draft!

    Liesbet @ Roaming About – A Life Less Ordinary

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    • Apparently, it’s more like heat than pain at first, and it sorta flings you out of your body, if that makes sense. It puts you in a dissociative daze. My heroine was shot in the chest and the bullet went into her lung, so I had to describe the way it affected her breath, too. It was pretty gnarly. The one guy I talked to who was actually shot had been shot in the leg and didn’t even realize it had happened for about ten minutes, until he started feeling the heat from it! That’s kind of amazing.

      I know there are some writers who can definitely churn out books in weeks–my goal is to get there too!

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  4. I agree with you on writing being soooo slow. Some days the writing goes whizzing along so fast I can barely keep up. More often it’s like slogging through molasses. So many ideas, so little time. Good luck!

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    • Hahaha it was pretty funny. I was also surprised when he told he didn’t even realize he HAD been shot at first because initially it didn’t actually hurt, it just felt sort of weird (he was shot in the leg). And then when he did start to feel it, it was more like heat than pain. Fascinating!

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  5. I always have the same issue, I’m like yeah I’m going to write when I get home from work, or I spend all day at work writing / plotting when the computers are on a go slow then I come home and I can’t be arsed. I am also meant to be studying insurance so I Avoid doing both!!! arg!

    I started this thing yesterday and I studied in 30 min blocks, so in the end I did an hour or insurance… Then surfed the internet in between!

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  6. When there’s a lot of bottled-up stories in your noggin, than I can see where the anxiety comes from. Sort through it and put butt in chair and write them down, one at a time. They will multiply, and you do have loads of written books I see.

    Wishing you luck with your writing.

    BTW, I write like a geriatric snail.

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  7. I’m a ridiculously slow writer, too. I’m in awe at those writers who can churn out two or three books a year. But hey! A slow step forward is still a step forward. Just keep on keeping on.

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  8. I agree on the faster. I’m a slow pokey writer for sure. My focus is easily shot when things aren’t going as I want.

    LOL on the research. Glad you were able to get the info you needed without having to experience it yourself.

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  9. I can never write fast enough, either. It’s always a worrisome subject for me.

    And I totally get that whole ‘shooting all your characters’ impulse. It would be a shame to waste all that knowledge!

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  10. LOL. I was doing that same research over a deep knife wound the other day. All this mutilation, eh? I’m with you. I keep telling myself that one day I won’t have a bunch of littles running around the house and there will be more time. I don’t believe it, but hey, I can dream.

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  11. You shouldn’t shoot every character because you would be something like a character actor who doesn’t get parts after a while. I had to research fairies and horses for one of my projects, but the most fun I had researching was when I tried to find unusual names for my characters that fit with their personalities or strengths that will come out in the series.

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  12. I have never really thought about it from your perspective because I don’t usually favor first person, but I can see how that would pose quite the problem. You know telling or showing, as they say something happen is sure different from experiencing it. I am glad the only shooting you indulge in is of the metaphorical kind.

    My wife got me a Dragon speech to text device a few Christmases ago and I thought that might revolutionize my writing and the speed in which I turned out the work, but the problem is something they call PICNIC (Problem in Chair , Not in Computer!). My feeble little brain can only handle so much at once. Life, work, family and writing are not mutually exclusive.

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    • One other comment Megan, I cannot remember if I have shared this before, so if I have just nod politely like it is the greatest thing you have ever heard. My wife thinks I am crazy for starting another project while one is in process. She says “Why don’t you finish the other one first?” She doesn’t understand that sometimes you need to push back and let them cook for a little while.

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    • I wasn’t writing in first person actually, it was just third-person limited, but she was my main character so I had to know what it was like to be shot for her. I’m glad she took the bullet for me. 😉 Har har.

      You know, I’ve thought several times about trying a speech to text device…I’ve always wondered if I could get things done faster. Hmmmmm…I’m still pondering it!

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  13. The things we do to our characters. While I love experiencing things before I write about them, I don’t think I’ll shoot myself either. Glad I found you on my inaugural day as part of this group. Thanks for the introduction. Good luck with those books. I’ve been talking to someone who landed a Kindle Scout contract. so they do happen!

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  14. Isn’t it odd where the places our writing will take us?
    I have to tell you that I just got Pandora’s Tacklebox a few days ago. I’m still working through it, reading only a letter or two a day so I can absorb what you share. Fascinating! I posted in my writing group to let others know about it.
    Trisha Faye/Writers Zen

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