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how fast do you write

I heard this week that Enid Blyton wrote 37novels per year – yes that’s thirty seven novels per year! At the rate I’m going I’ll be lucky to manage one novel in 37 years. I can’t imagine how fast you have to work to match Enid’s output. What about you? How fast is your writing?


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5 thoughts on “how fast do you write

  1. Writing my first novel, from inception to last word, (writing, not editing) took maybe 5 years. But it was done on a curve, if that makes sense. Not a lot got done in the first 3 years, but then in the last 2 I did a lot.

    Are you doing NaNo next month? I’m going to try to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Those words strung together might not be any good, but who knows?

  2. Between 1990 and 2005 I wrote two novels, one ~42,000 words and the other ~170,000 words. My last story was ~30,000 words and took almost exactly six months (http://www.utownwriting.com/stevie1). It will get further light editing if I release it in book form at some point.

    I never do NaNo, partly because I can’t possibly write that much in a month and partly because I would have to put two other writing projects on hold, and I’d rather work on those. I think it’s a cool idea, though. (I feel the same about NaNo as I do about gay marriage — I think it’s great that it exists, but I don’t think I’ll ever do it myself. 🙂 )

    Hey, Walter Gibson wrote a Shadow novels every two weeks, and he did that for years. Everybody has to find their own pace.

  3. Cudos for finishing your projects – I hope that I can do the same…

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