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Read: How to Write a Novel in Two Months

Advice from Jeff Vandermeer’s Ecstatic Days Blog.

Now that I don’t have a full-time job and am approaching the age of forty, two things have happened: (1) I can put more of the full force of my attention into a novel or short story more intensely over a short period of time and (2) I’m much more relaxed and as a result my rough drafts tend to be more complete than in the past; I still do a ton of rewriting, revision, and line editing, but I find that more of the initial vision in my head is in the draft right away.

Do you think his advice is worth a try?

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I think he's onto something -- I don't have a full-time job, either -- going on two years ago now, I quit my full time job as a university bureaucrat so I could focus on my writing. I was very, very lucky to be able to do so, and I don't take a single day for granted.

And I've found the same thing that Jeff Vandermeer has found -- I can focus in on my writing projects all the harder with no day job making demands on my energies -- last year, I really ramped up my productivity and rough-drafted two novels in five months. :)