Assume, instead, that you break up the paper writing into two bursts. One burst you do for two hours Saturday afternoon.
Thomas Sowell From time to time, I get a letter from some aspiring young writer, asking about how to write or how to get published. My usual response is that the only way I know to become a good writer is to be a bad writer and keep on improving.
However, pseudo academic writing after you pseudo academic writing the point where you are writing well—and that can take many years—the battle is not over. There are still publishers to contend with.
Then there are editors and, worst of all, copy-editors. Finally, the last hurdle are the book reviewers, only some of whom actually review the book. These people are all part of the gauntlet that the writer has to run, in order to reach the person for whom his writing was intended from the outset—the reader.
All too often, you never know if your book has reached the reader in any sense other than the fact that it was bought. It could be gathering dust on a table or a shelf. In some cases, however, heartfelt letters come in, telling you that your book has reached readers in the sense in which you wanted it to reach them.
That makes all the struggle seem worthwhile. But it is hard for me to regard as a gift something that I worked at for more than a decade—unsuccessfully—before finally breaking into print.
Nor was this a case of unrecognized talent. It was a case of quickly recognized incompetence. In the early years, my manuscripts came back to me by return mail, which was a lot faster in those days. To drop a manuscript in the mail on the way to work Monday morning and find it waiting when you returned home from work Tuesday night really told you something—or should have.
Some young would-be writers may lament their misfortune in living out in the boondocks, instead of being at the heart of the publishing industry in New York. That is how I got my rejection slips back so fast. Whenever someone, especially a young person, tells me of an ambition to become a writer, my heart goes out to him or her immediately—and my spirits sink.
There is seldom a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, even for those who become established writers eventually—and a lot can happen between now and eventually, like broken marriages, eviction for non-payment of rent, and the like.
Even the mechanics or logistics of writing can be a challenge to figure out. Some of the most productive writers have followed the disciplined practice of sitting down at fixed times each day and turning out the words.
Anthony Trollope followed this regimen in the nineteenth century and Paul Johnson with equal or greater success in the twentieth century. Alas, however, human beings differ and some of us are never going to be Anthony Trollope or Paul Johnson, in this respect or any other.
Instead of trying to be someone that you are not, be the best at what you are.
My own writing practices are the direct opposite of that followed by these prolific and renowned writers. I write only when I have something to say. The big disadvantage of this is that it can mean a lot of down time. There are manuscripts of mine that sat around gathering dust for years without a word being added to them.
How then have I managed to write more than 20 books within the Biblical threescore and ten years? My own particular idiosyncrasy is writing several books at once.
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