It wasn’t. Didn’t sit in front of the blank screen as I said I would. But I’m thinking. Reading bits of things here and there and hoping something will catch my fancy.
I just read on James Reasoner's Blog that he’s written 185 books. I’m astonished. We all have different rhythms and no two people write in the same way. But I’m in awe of this man as I sit here trying to think of an idea for the 20th book in my career. I think he was born in 1953, which makes him 53. Much younger than I. I don’t know when he started writing but let’s say he was 18. So that’s how many books a year? Oh, you figure it out it’s too much for me.
Then there’s Bob Randisi who has written over 300 books. And Larry Block and Ed McBain and Georges Simenon and Ed Gorman who have all written many, many books. I don’t see myself listing any women. I can’t think of any who’ve written lots and lots of books. Maybe I’m not remembering. Oh, yes. Ruth Rendell has written quite a lot but I don’t think she’s up there in the 100’s.
At any rate, I’m simply not that kind of writer. I don’t mean anything pejorative by that. I just can’t write that much. Or that fast. As I said on Reasoner’s blog, I don’t believe that speed has anything to do with quality anymore than lack of speed has anything to do with "literature."
But I do wish I could’ve written more in my life. I didn’t and I’m not going to. That’s not who I am. I remember when I first started writing novels my goal was to write 20 in my career. And here I am on the threshold of 20 with a totally empty brain.
That has to change. Doesn’t it?