If I’m trying my best to make sure whatever I write is amazing, and the best possible thing I can produce at my current skill level, it’s going to take a lot longer. If I write something quicker and put less worry and focus into it, it will be a lot quicker but less quality.
Which approach to take? Write well, or write more? Do I want to be like Michel Faber and write four amazing, brilliant books? Or like Asimov, and write hundreds of books but with not such great prose?
Part of me thinks I should definitely write more, and not worry about the quality. Because to get better at something you have to do it a lot, and worrying about the quality slows one down so much that maybe it can even be hard to get any experience at all.
But another part of me says ‘I can’t write anything less than my best.’ Am I even capable of ‘not caring’ enough to just whip out something really quick? I don’t know… I never have been able to, once I get started on something, I get into it, and I want it to be the best it can be.
Maybe not caring is a skill in itself…