Being a Prolific Writer Part 1

I recently attended the Romance Writers of America conference in San Diego, and while I was there, I went to a workshop called “Being Prolific and Productive While Remaining Sane” with Robin Covington, Laura Kaye, and Rebecca Zanetti as speakers. Guys, this was an eye-opener, so I wanted to share some of the points that came up during their session.

First, let me say, these ladies write crazy fast. Don’t be scared by what I’m about to share ‘cause I’m telling you… This is insane. And, yes, you might detect a little bit of envy from this post. Just sayin’…

Robin said the book that took her the longest to write was 80,000 words. She wrote it in EIGHT weeks.

I warned you…

The longest it took Laura to write a full-length book (about 80-90K) was four months.

The fastest it took Rebecca to write a 95,000-word book was ONE WEEK.

Ready to pass out yet?

Not everyone can write this fast, but you can train yourself to write faster. Why would you want to?

The Pros to Writing Fast:

-You can publish often.
-You’re always in the story. You don’t have to go back and read the last scene or chapter you wrote, so you can jump right in and write.
-You can build a backlist quickly and make money off those books.
-Your publisher will continue to market all your books.
-You’ll rapidly build a readership.

The Cons to Writing Fast:

-The expectation (from your publisher and readers) is that you’ll continue to write fast.
-Promotion takes a lot of time, but you need to find a way to fit that and writing into your day.
-Your deadlines will stress you out.
-You might not make time to exercise or eat well, and your health could suffer.
-Your family might forget who you are.
-You could cannibalize your own sales because your books will compete against each other.
-You’ll get complaints from readers if you don’t produce as often.
-You could burn yourself out.

Want to learn how they do it? Check out some tricks on how to be a prolific writer in my next post.

Lynnette Labelle

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4 Responses to Being a Prolific Writer Part 1

  1. Graeme Ing says:

    I was at that same workshop and, yes, I nearly passed out. Total envy! I’ve applied a lot of techniques I learned at RWA16 and have increased my output by at least 30%. Step in the right direction.

  2. Lynnette Labelle says:

    Graeme: Great! I’m dying to get my hands on your next story. Keep it up. 🙂

    Lynnette Labelle
    2016 Daphne du Maurier 2nd Place Winner

  3. It’s not so difficult if you make yourself sit down every day and write. I’m starting my 3rd book for the year right now and in the past I’ve written and published four in one year. It all depends on how much research each book takes and how long the editing process is. Russell Blake writes one every 5 weeks – so that makes me feel like a sloth! My publisher agrees, however, that it’s not good to put out too many books too quickly. They prefer two in a year. The good thing about writing fast, though, is you are always way ahead of yourself. LOL

  4. Lynnette Labelle says:

    Deanna: It’s great to hear you’re writing 3-4 books a year. Woohoo! Why does your publisher prefer two books a year? I’m curious.

    Lynnette Labelle
    2016 Daphne du Maurier 2nd Place Winner

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