I'm not a fast writer. Careful, yes. Fast, no. I've written five books. Some people might count the sections I wrote for a Harcourt Distance Learning Course as books but I don't.
There are authors who can write two or three books in a year. I can write one. One. An editor I'd worked with once before requested me for a book, one specialized book in a series done by the publishing house. I warned her, as a reminder, that I'm not a fast writer. Her response has stayed with me. "That's why I want you. You're careful and you're thorough. We have a name for those other writers. We call them hacks." Well, I don't know that every writer who can crank out book after book is a hack but I do think that at some point it has to catch up with someone who is a hack, to use the editor's word.
I may never get rich, but I can take pride in what I do. I can write each book to the best of my ability, informing readers and, hopefully, they receive some enjoyment along the way.
I know that I won't sacrifice quality for quantity no matter how much I need a paycheck. My name is on the book and it's just not worth it. Not to me. My good name, my reputation, is far more important to me than that. Those things are not for sale.
Why do we write? To entertain? To educate? To provide diversion? It depends upon the genre, of course, and how much of ourselves we've invested in the work. For me, it's an all or nothing deal. Nothing less than my best will do.
Causes Darlene Arden Supports
The Marcia Polimer Abrams Fund for Canine Behavior Studies at the AKC Canine Health Foundation