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- How often do you write?
I usually write five to six days a week. Early on I committed to this endeavor, and follow the same work ethics in writing as I did in our family business. Some say publishing has more to do with luck than skill. The right subject at the right time, and perhaps that’s true.
In the book, Stephen King On Writing, Mr. King says he could write a grocery list and it’d be a best seller. That’s may be true today, but Mr. King hasn’t always been that fortunate. But, the last time I counted he does have 49 best sellers. In that same book, he says his daily word count is 2000, and recommends that serious writers aspire to that same work ethic. Practice makes perfect? Maybe not perfect, but my writing really does improve with practice.
Other successful authors discuss the number of hours they write. Janet Evanovich begins her day at five o’clock each morning, and puts in an eight-hour day. Interesting that lucky and successful people seem to work the hardest.
- Do you think it’s important to your craft to write as much as you can, and as often as you can?
I can’t speak for anyone else, but for me I need to write at least six days a week. When life gets in the way and I take too many days off from writing, my rhythm is off.
When I’m writing my head is in my story. Even after I finish at my desk and move on to cooking, gardening, showering, I’m plotting the next day’s scene in my head. I stare off into space and talk to myself a lot.
- What is your opinion on the saying “if you don’t write every day, you’re not a writer”?
If you have the strength to say to the world you are a writer, in my opinion you are a writer. Many successful writers worked full-time jobs while writing their first novel– John Grisham comes to mind. I read an article that quoted him saying while writing A Time to Kill, he was only able to write one page a day. As a practicing attorney I bet he probably missed a few days hitting his quota.
Who among us would say Mr. Grisham wasn’t a writer during that period of time? Not me!