Quantity vs Quality #AtoZchallenge

How many words?  50k.  You know I used to think that was a novel.  I now know that’s a mini version.  My last draft was 73k and there’s still a few chapters not written.  Where my writing’s concerned I’ve worked out I can write forever.  I have no problem with getting words out with quantity but are they quality?

My lack of grammar and basic understanding of the English language is proving that my quantity of words in my novels are not quality.  There is much still to learn though I do not want to write literature.  I want to write for people like me, someone who likes to pick up a good read and get through it without needing a dictionary, wondering what on earth the authors trying to say, without the floury extravagance or indulgence of knowledge seeped in history and language. See what I tried to do there? I’ll never write quality and I’m aiming for quantity in an easy reading style.

Quality vs Quantity

Some people are critical of writers who have a simpler writing style, they may not be considered classics but quantities of people want to read them and enjoy them.  I’m not expecting quantities of people to read my novels so maybe I’m going for quantity in writing and quality of readers, I want a few who, like me, prefer easy reading family stories to pick up my novels, lose themselves for a few hours, feel refreshed and ready to get on with life.

My AtoZchallenge posts are about writing, parts of my novels or some research I need to do for them. I’m not allowing myself to write about anything other than topics linked to the books, my books. The current titles that I’m writing about are ‘Bags’, ‘Holiday stories’ and ‘Dream Gardener’.


25 thoughts on “Quantity vs Quality #AtoZchallenge

  1. There is music for every taste, food for every taste, art for every taste–the same is true of books and always has been. If you have a compelling story and an engaging protagonist, that’s half the battle. Finding a good editor is the second half–they’ll help you sort out the grammar issues.

    The important thing is the story, and it wants you to write it!

  2. I’m not into long flowerly sentences either. I like my writing to be like I read, invisible. I don’t want to be drawn out of the story because someone used a word I didn’t know, or an ‘artistic’ turn of phrase.

    Simple is good. 🙂

    Rinelle Grey

  3. Hi Lynne – I have read books that require I keep a dictionary at hand. Not a fun reading experience. Give me a book with simple, straightforward writing, anytime 🙂

  4. I can certainly appreciate an enjoyable easy to read book. It can have the same interest as one requiring a dictionary beside you at every paragraph. Some books I’ve read have been like that; needing the dictionary. Keep on doing what you’re doing and do it from the heart and you’ll win not matter what. 🙂
    Kathy at Oak Lawn Images

  5. I write for younger (10+) readers, with no let up on long words, but I like to think they are quality rather than quantity. How best to tell the tale? That is want I like to think I concentrate on! 50k is about the right size in my genre 🙂
    Happy A to Zing!
    Jemima at Jemima’s blog

  6. I think aiming for simple writing is actually a good thing. A lot of people who read and write English are not native speakers, and you are sure to have a larger audience if you can be easily understood. Honestly, I always considered it a bit condescending with an author is chided for writing a novel with simple prose. There are several novels I have read with complicated prose where you have to read between the lines, which have been highly praised by critics. I just did not like some of those novels because it seemed as if the story was too contrived.

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