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2014-01-28 11:37:45 AM  
It's more about work rate than work hours.
 
2014-01-28 11:44:20 AM  

Langston: It's more about work rate than work hours.


A lot of writers who have been unpublished, though, lap this stuff up.  That's what sells so many of the Writer's Digest and P&W magazines.  They all have headlines like "Here's the Secrets to My Success" by moderately well-known author.  People read those and think, hey! if I do the same thing, I'll do just fine! and then adopt the habit, only to find out it does nothing for them.  I'm pretty convinced that if an article from Grisham says he paints him with yellow latex paint before writing, we'd see a noticeable bump in yellow latex paint sales in the next week.
 
2014-01-28 12:22:03 PM  
Fittingly, George R.R. Martin is not listed.
 
2014-01-28 02:10:39 PM  

whizbangthedirtfarmer: Langston: It's more about work rate than work hours.

A lot of writers who have been unpublished, though, lap this stuff up.  That's what sells so many of the Writer's Digest and P&W magazines.  They all have headlines like "Here's the Secrets to My Success" by moderately well-known author.  People read those and think, hey! if I do the same thing, I'll do just fine! and then adopt the habit, only to find out it does nothing for them.  I'm pretty convinced that if an article from Grisham says he paints him with yellow latex paint before writing, we'd see a noticeable bump in yellow latex paint sales in the next week.


I follow a lot of writers on Twitter. Many of them self-pub. Some have made some coin from it. Basically they post click-bait constantly to troll search engine analyzers. I have no clue who actually reads their books, though.
 
2014-01-28 03:16:21 PM  
Good.  I'm sick of people who intimate they are the more 'real' writers (whatever that means) because they write at 6:00 in the morning or earlier.

I can't write well at 6:00.  I can rewrite at that hour but facing a blank page just has me nodding off at my desk.

/now midnight until 4:00, that's another story
 
2014-01-28 04:04:53 PM  
For me, it depends on when I'm alone.  Considering I have two small kids in the house, it doesn't happen often.  I know a few published authors, and one of them said, well your family is just going to have to understand your needs.

There's a reason he's in his 60s and never been married, I guess.
 
2014-01-28 11:07:03 PM  
Hogwash. I can suck at writing at any time of the day.
 
2014-01-28 11:40:44 PM  

verbaltoxin: whizbangthedirtfarmer: Langston: It's more about work rate than work hours.

A lot of writers who have been unpublished, though, lap this stuff up.  That's what sells so many of the Writer's Digest and P&W magazines.  They all have headlines like "Here's the Secrets to My Success" by moderately well-known author.  People read those and think, hey! if I do the same thing, I'll do just fine! and then adopt the habit, only to find out it does nothing for them.  I'm pretty convinced that if an article from Grisham says he paints him with yellow latex paint before writing, we'd see a noticeable bump in yellow latex paint sales in the next week.

I follow a lot of writers on Twitter. Many of them self-pub. Some have made some coin from it. Basically they post click-bait constantly to troll search engine analyzers. I have no clue who actually reads their books, though.


I find those folks insufferable.  I know you gotta pimp your own shiat because self pub means self PR as well, but I don't want to be advertised to constantly.

whizbangthedirtfarmer: For me, it depends on when I'm alone.  Considering I have two small kids in the house, it doesn't happen often.  I know a few published authors, and one of them said, well your family is just going to have to understand your needs.

There's a reason he's in his 60s and never been married, I guess.


It's not easy but it's either an itch that needs to get scratched or it ain't.  If it ain't, then there's a million reasons not to.  If you need to you find time.  It is what it is.
 
2014-01-29 06:32:26 AM  
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2014-01-29 09:43:34 AM  

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I'll have what he's having.
 
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