Tuesday, June 10, 2008


A Book a Year

This morning, John Scalzi points to an article on the website of the Boston Globe, in which bestselling authors--primarily writers of thrillers and mysteries, it seems--moan about having to write a book a year.

A book a year.

They talk about being forced into the "hamster wheel," and the "breakneck writing schedule" of turning in a whole novel manuscript every year.

To which I say...


Ha ha.

Ha ha ha.

Philip K. Dick wrote 12 novels in 2 years. So, I don't want to hear it. One novel in a year is nothing.
I like that Elmore Leonard quote that Robert Parker shares. "Elmore Leonard said, 'If it takes you more than six months to write a book, you're not working.'"
I have a strict regimen of 2,000 words a day for my writing (well, except this quarter of Uni, because it was just too much to take for my brain). At that rate you could write eight 90,000-word novels. Granted, nobody is likely to write that many novels. I think 4 would be a reasonable number, given the time it takes for editing.
One novel a year is really not asking a lot.
Yah..I really liked the Leonard quote.

That's why I know I won't ever be a writer :)
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