Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Writing is work

Writers that publish and show output, are writers that find a way to work, when they would rather be doing anything else, but write. Like tonight.

After working a 11-hour day that had me in the office at 7:00 am, I found a way to spend another hour at the keyboard tonight, banging out over 1,000+ words. This is the second night in a row at this level of output, which is good. Normally, I try to average 500-750 words, four nights per week, when in production mode, with weekends given to doubling and tripling that amount. That's the kind of commitment that's required to continue to publish, when you require a full-time job to pay the bills.

Reading Gay Brewer's book on Charles Bukowski, one of Twayne's U.S. Authors Series, I learned that Bukowski worked a series of day jobs, including a 12 year stint with the U.S. Postal Service, which provided the fodder for his first novel, Post Office.

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