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The slow-burn writer … What takes literary authors so long?


Regulars will recognize her—newcomers will learn to love her…

Roz Morris, that is—author of today’s Re-blog :-)

Nail Your Novel

Nail Your Novel literaryYou could split the writing blogoverse into two camps. There are those who streak through books, racking up a few releases a year. And there are those who incubate a manuscript for many, many moons. (I’m talking about experienced writers here, not those on the beginning curve.)

This is on my mind after Joanna Penn’s recent podcast interview with Russell Blake, where they discussed techniques for rapid writing. As card-carrying speed demons, they had a chuckle about literary writers who take their time.

And we do. Talking to my friend Orna Ross, we estimated the gestation for a literary novel as at least three years. For some of us it’s even longer. A few weeks ago I was chatting to an agent from Curtis Brown and she cheerily remarked that three years was fast for some of her writers. And then there’s the colossal amount of wastage…

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2 responses to “The slow-burn writer … What takes literary authors so long?

  1. Roz Morris @Roz_Morris July 28, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Thank you, as always, Alexander!

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    • Alexander M Zoltai July 28, 2017 at 7:41 am

      As always, couldn’t have done it without You :-)

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