Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

January 17, 2012

Years to Write a Best Selling Novel? How About Several Days

Filed under: Frank Remarks,On Writing — Frank Fiore @ 10:34 AM

General knowledge says that it takes many months – even years – to write a novel.

I ran across an article in Wired Magazine that disproves that ‘reality’. It seems some very noted authors of some very popular books have proven otherwise.

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in less than a week. He burned the first draft when his ego was bruised by his wife’s critique.

When Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451, he had to rent a typewriter at the UCLA library at 10 cents a minute. The ticking meter spurred him to write this classic in nine frantic days.

Georges Simenon churned out each of his 75 Inspector Maigret novels in less than two weeks.

And Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange, wrote the popular droog novel in less than three weeks.

Oh, and if you think such feats are performed by only the well-known classic authors, think again. Sara Gruen, inspired by the National Novel Writing Month, pounded out 50,000 words in 30 days. Gruen produced a first draft of her novel in just four weeks.

That book? Water for Elephants, a number-one best seller that became a hit movie.

So hit those keys and pound out the next best seller. It should only take a few weeks.



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