Monday, June 29, 2009

John D McDonald: A Million Words

I've read almost all the comments on the post "why new novelists are kinda old" both the post and comments are excellent - real food for thought, especially in regards to the potter analogy (you wouldn't expect a masterpiece the first time you approach a potters wheel) and the lifetimes outlines. Also though in the comment section was John D Mcdonald's quote (taken from Elmore Leonards blog

John D. McDonald said that you had to write a million words before you really knew what you were doing. A million words is ten years. By that time you should have a definite idea of what you want your writing to sound like. That’s the main thing. I don’t think many writers today begin with that goal: to write a certain way that has a definite sound to it.
Malcolm Gladwell also stated:

it takes 10 000 hours of practise to get good at anything (about five years of eight hour days, or considerably longer if you’re doing it around your day job, rather than as your day job).
So moral of the lesson from reading this post - i'm 22 and i've 1 million words to go :)


Aspiring Author said...

Wow... Glad I am starting now... lol. That sounds about right though, depressing as it might be.

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