In previous blog I quoted from Paul Auster’s novel Brooklyn Follies about who writers are and what writing is. Today I quote from same book regarding the output of writers. rather than quote from the conversation I will list writers and how much they wrote or how long it took to finish a book.
James Joyce wrote three novels
Balzac wrote ninety novels
Kafka wrote his first story in one night
Stendhal The Charterhouse of Parma in forty-nine days
Melville wrote Moby Dick in sixteen months
Flaubert spent five years on Madame Bovary
Musil worked for eighteen years on The Man Without Qualities and died before he could finish
Milton was blind
Cervantes had one arm
Marlow was stabbed to death in a bar room brawl before he was thirty
The point is it takes as long as it takes to finish your story so don’t go into a panic if you have trouble finishing because of other things going on in your life. Of course you don’t want to write for eighteen years and then die before you are finished, and nor do you want to die a bar room brawl with a knife going through your eye. But at least Marlowe finished his plays.
Do what you can when you can. Persistence can take you down the road to completion.
The best way tp predict your future is to create it-Abraham Lincoln.