It's time for this month's Indie Life post, a monthly feature run by the awesome writers over at the Indelibles blog. Every second Wednesday of the month those taking part will post something related to indie life, such the highs, lows, triumphs, struggles, and milestones of going it alone in the publishing world.
Today I'm talking about knowing when to stop writing.
I don't mean stopping forever. I mean when you're too tired, too emotional, or there are events in your life that mean you've lost focus or concentration. When you can't give your writing your all.
I have personal experience of this. I pushed ahead with the publication of Taking Time and Other Science Fiction Stories despite major issues in my non-writing life. I insisted on squeezing it in during the odd hour or so I found each day. Now that would have been okay if I'd been writing the first or second draft, but I was working on the final draft with my editor. And I was exhausted. The result? I published a book with errors. Not tonnes, but enough to make me wonder how I'd missed them. I also didn't do a blog tour or anywhere near enough promotion. My sales suffered.
When my first book was published, it only contained one error. I was damn pleased with that figure. I can't say the same thing with Taking Time. In fact, due to ongoing technical issue with Amazon KDP, my book still has them. But that's a long story, and for another post.
"But what about deadlines?" I hear you say.
True. If you're a well-known writer or don't want to disappoint your loyal readers, sometimes you have no choice. In the past I've tutted when I've read a few errors in a book by a well-known author. Now I wonder what was going on in their life at that time? In hindsight, I should have delayed Taking Time's publication. As a little-known author, without a publishing deal, I could have done that. Should have done that.
What about you? Have you been faced with a similar scenario? Did you delay or carry on? Did you make the right decision?