Stop Counting Words. Make Your Words Count.

The number of pages doesn’t make you a writer. It makes you a personal archivist.

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For every thousand words Kerouac wrote, Burroughs might write a few hundred. For Kerouac, it was a labor of love, for Burroughs a love of labor.

He also lived with a crippling heroin addiction and shot his second wife to death in Mexico City.

Wolfe was a volume writer, a rambler in print. Hemingway never cared for Wolfe.

What you see is a writer reverting to early enthusiasm, much like a painter trying to imitate a child’s drawing.

The first draft took three months, rewriting and editing took five years. And this was after being turned down by 176 agents, publishers and editors.

Some people say, “I don’t mind being a joke — if it makes me rich.” You’re far more likely to be a joke and make nothing.

As Bukowski also said “Writers are desperate people and when they stop being desperate they stop being writers.”

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

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