Evening all - my first time here, hello! Now this is bothering me: I'm trying to write my first book - nothing clever or brilliant, I'm just a spare-time dabbler - but I've been at it 2 years and I'm only 66 pages in! Today, I had a good 9-hour run at it and I was pretty chuffed with what I'd got down, but looking back over it I've just realised it was t-w-o f-r-i-g-g-i-n' p-a-g-e-s.... For 9 hours' work! That's nothing compared to the year it's just taken me to write 4 pages, although admittedly that was a very tricky bit of alien bionic technology that I had to explain in convincing terms and through the eyes of a character, and it involved scrapping everything I'd written and starting over 3 times (I might post that bit in the forums soon and ask you to critique it to see if it works). But does all this mean I'm not a 'natural' writer? Should I try different approaches to make it all flow faster? Should I even consider knocking it on the head and taking up bagpipes instead? The thing that's bogging me down is the way I write. I feel like I ought to be getting the framework down quickly and fleshing it out later, but I can only write in a strictly linear fashion and can't move on until I've got the words down in the way I want - flowing off the tongue nicely, etc. The thing that's bad about this is that I like to write in a naturalistic style; I like it to read much like the way I speak, so surely I ought to be faster than this? How does everyone else feel on this? How do you all write, and does it take anyone else weeks to get three bloody lines written?