What May Take Merely Minutes To Read…

Well, here we go again:

If you want to write a novel and think that “NaNoNaNoNaNo” will help you, fine. What I will announce here – as I do most every year – is that I have never participated in it, and I have no intention of doing so. I write at my own pace and I will never be hurried in any way because what is written lasts forever.

My main problem with it is I do not like the underlying fundamental concept. “Churning out” a “50,000” word novel in “one month” is I think giving a new writer the impression that is actually pretty doable, but in fact conveying that impression is dangerous in the sense that it could prove discouraging to many. “50,000” words is about the length of The Great Gatsby, which took Fitzgerald over six months to write.

I take about a year to a year and a half to complete a 90,000-150,000 word novel.

[My five novels to date. Original front covers. Photo by me, September 2020.]

Since 2013, I have published FIVE novels (and a FREE short story), with a sixth novel well underway now.

Having seen that “NaNoNaNoNaNo” tweet also led me to think on this. I will never say I have a “favorite” anything about what I write or even a “favorite” character. Everything is important to me.

Below is a single longish passage from each of my five novels so far. These are telling in their ways, but are not themselves meant here necessarily to be representative of the books. Rather I share them as examples of what may take merely minutes to read… probably took me days and even weeks to write:

[An excerpt from Passports: Atlantic Lives, 1994-1995. On Kindle for iPad/iPhone. Copyright 2013.]
[An excerpt from Frontiers: Atlantic Lives, 1995-1996. On Kindle for iPad/iPhone. Copyright 2014.]
[An excerpt from Distances: Atlantic Lives, 1996-1997. On Kindle for iPad/iPhone. Copyright 2015.]
[A 1787 England excerpt from Conventions: The Garden At Paris. On Kindle for iPhone and iPad. Copyright 2017. Click to expand.]
[A 1799 France excerpt from Tomorrow The Grace. On Kindle for iPhone and iPad. Copyright 2019. Click to expand.]

Writers like to think they write what they want to write. Yet in the back of our minds always is that ultimately readers deliver the final verdict.

[My five novels to date. Original paperback rear covers. Photo by me, September 2020.]

It is readers’ opinions that matter the most. As long as my readers feel they have gotten what they paid for, I feel I have hit the target. I don’t really care what anyone else thinks.

Have a good weekend, wherever you are. 🙂

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