Writing Secrets of the World’s Most Prolific Authors

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

What does it take to write 100 books? What about 500? Or 1,000?
That may sound like an impossibly high number, but it isn’t. Some of the world’s most successful authors wrote hundreds of books over the course of highly lucrative careers. Isaac Asimov wrote more than 300 books. Enid Blyton wrote more than 800. Legendary Western writer Lauren Bosworth Paine wrote close to 1,000.
Some wrote even more.
This book examines the techniques and daily habits of more than a dozen of these remarkable writers to show how anyone with the right mindset can massively increase their word count without sacrificing quality. Learn the secrets of working on several projects simultaneously, of reducing the time needed for each book, and how to build the work ethic you need to become more prolific than you ever thought possible.

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Introduction & Is It Possible to be Both Prolific and Good?

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Writing Secrets of the World’s Most Prolific Authors

What does it take to write 100 books? What about 500? Or 1,000? This book examines the daily habits of more than a dozen of remarkable writers to show how anyone with the right mindset can massively increase their word count without sacrificing quality.

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Alexander Byrne

Nicely written and quite insightful. Outside of essay writing, I'm a slow writer of fiction. Opinions are easier to vomit onto a page than crafting the ideal chapter.

Sun, May 8th, 2022 3:03pm

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Read the later entries and you'll learn how they did it! the next one will go up this week.

Sun, May 8th, 2022 10:36pm

llywrch

Funny you didn't mention William Shakespeare. He wrote some 37 plays (his hand has been detected in a few more), & a couple of collections of poems in his lifetime -- all to make a living. Yes, Hamlet & King Lear were written for filthy lucre! Nevertheless, Shakespeare is considered by most experts the greatest playwright & poet of the English language. Makes you wonder what delicate snowflake some literary critics would prefer to have at the apex of the English literary pantheon.

This doesn't mean that some prolific writers, like Earle Stanley Gardiner, weren't hacks. It just means that if one writes a lot of material, & for money, that author should be considered with the same disinterested seriousness as someone with an MFA & tenure at a prestigious university.

Mon, May 9th, 2022 1:43am

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Thanks for the review. I limited myself to writers from modern times to make it more applicable to today's writer. I skipped Dickens and many other prolific Victorians, and the greats of earlier centuries too.
I wonder how many quill pens good old Billy went through?

Sun, May 8th, 2022 10:32pm

CreativeMarauder

You've got a sale. I'm a big believer in emulating the behavior of the successful.

Your 53 books also sounds quite impressive (and I know you're a great writer). It at least puts you up there with Stephen King whom you mentioned in terms of volume. A year and a half working on a novel for me and feels like I've spent all this time wandering in circles in the desert... Though I know that with each abandoned draft I am getting closer to the promised land.

Mon, May 9th, 2022 5:40am

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These old pros will teach you how to walk straight through the desert.

Mon, May 9th, 2022 10:25pm

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