Louis L’Amour & prolific authors
I have secretly been a fan of, Louis L’Amour for years… decades.
Yesterday, I went to the local branch of my library and perused the shelves of used books for sale. The money raised from the sale of these books goes toward benefiting the library.
Imagine my utter delight when I saw not one, not two… but three trade paperback books bearing the author name, L’Amour! Paperbacks are $1.00 each. Score!
I am currently reading; Trouble Shooter. It’s a fictional story about Hopalong Cassidy. L’Amour wrote four novels about, Cassidy. This novel is only 223 pages long. Would that make it a novelette? Several of, L’Amour’s novels have been made into movies- some of which star, in my opinion, the most handsome and manly actors ever to be seen in my time; Sam Elliot and, Tom Selleck. If ever two men epitomized what it means to be, ‘cowboy’ it is these two men.
How prolific a writer was, L’Amour? From Wikipedia: L’Amour eventually wrote 100 novels, over 250 short stories, and (as of 2010) sold more than 320 million copies of his work.
That’s quite prolific.
Barbara Cartland’s career, according to Wikipedia, produced:In 2000, her publishers estimated that since her writing career began in 1925, Cartland had produced a total of 723 titles. In the mid-1990s, by which time she had sold over a billion books, Vogue called Cartland “the true Queen of Romance”.
There are other authors who have written more than these two and less. Is there a formula for becoming a prolific writer? Probably but the best way is the way that works best for you.
Some people set up specific times for writing and commit to filling that time just with typing, dictation (Cartland), or long hand to get the words out of their heads.
However you choose to write, write. Just write. Don’t allow yourself to become distracted by the Internet. Did you know that your Internet connection does not need to be plugged in in order for your computer to work? I’m not trying to be silly. Perhaps some people do not know this? For the length of time you have set aside to write, unplug the net. This means you will need to do your Internet research ahead of time so that you do not need to bring up a connection to find a factoid you remembered during your writing time. Once your set aside time for writing is over, plug back into the Net if needed and catch up on research.
You can do a search on the Internet to find resources on how to write more, write fast, etc. The thing about these, and other successful prolific authors is their ability to buckle down, write a quickly and copiously and still tell a story their readers want to read.
If this is your goal… do it. Do not let anything, or anyone hold you back. People will try and use you, and your time, to fulfill their needs. If you are hoping to become a successful, publish author one day to support yourself and/or your family, hard choices need to be made. It is ok to say, ‘no’, or ‘not now’ so that you can use your best creative time of day to produce content for yourself and your family.
Once you start making money, you can spend some of it to free up even more time by hiring people to do your laundry, groceries can be delivered, lawn services can mow, mulch, etc.
What are your goals? Do you have any? Are you any closer to them today than you were when your first wrote them down? What needs to happen to make your goals a reality?
Think about it. Then get ‘er done!