by Bruce Blake
I’ve recently had a blog post I did about writing the first draft of my upcoming novel in 14 days circulating in a few places (check out the post here, check out some details about the new book here). For the most part, the reactions I’ve received have been mostly curious and complimentary, but something unexpected popped up when it was shared on one of the most supportive Facebook writing pages I hang out at.
A gentleman who obviously didn’t bother to read the post called me out as being a boob peddling BS that pandered to the self-publishing set. He went on to suggest I had likely never strung together fifteen true, important, interesting words in one sentence (I personally think I made it to fourteen once, but then I lost it).
This post is not my shot at retribution–he apologized–but the gist of the comment was that nothing of value can be written in a short time (and please realize, if you didn’t read my original post, it was only the first draft written in 14 days–lots of editing after that). In response, another author (the wonderful Vickie Johnstone) posted about some authors who were known for writing quickly and their works. Prompted by this, I did some of my own research, and here are the combined findings”
– Jack Kerouac wrote 200 short stories in eight weeks in 1941
Not classic and literary enough for you? How about these:
Look up some great indie authors, too, like H.M. Ward, S.M Reine, Bella Andre, J.A. Konrath and many others. Our own Steven Montano seems to be pumping out some pretty darn good books himself, so check those out.
The point here is not only that time spent and quality are not necessarily linked, but that it is a dangerous road to drive anytime an entire group of anything gets painted with the same brush.
It’s also good to read a blog post before you comment on it.
Bruce Blake is the author of six books, the father of two children, and the husband of one burlesque diva. His dog is white, his cat is gray, and he often finds himself ticked off by people using only one brush to paint. His next book, When Shadows Fall, comes out Oct. 1–pick it up and decide if a decent book can be written in fourteen days.