Introduction

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INTRODUCTION

I've published over 120 novels, 51 of which have been national or international bestsellers, and I generally write over eight novels a year.  I've learned how to get the most out of every possible minute I have available to write and I've decided to share some of the techniques I've learned.

Starting in the 1920s, pulp magazine writers tried to make a living with stories that paid at most half a cent per word. By necessity, their unspoken motto was “Be prolific or starve.” Armed with manual typewriters and carbon paper, the best writers managed to crank out entire novels in only a few days, stories and novelettes in a single sitting. 
Today, with an arsenal that includes word processors, email, scanners, and lightning-fast printers, it must be easy for modern authors to be even more prolific, right? 



Life is crazy and hectic for most of us. We’ve got personal and family obligations, jobs, fitness programs, mountains of correspondence by snail and email, video games, TiVo, cell phones, Blackberries, and a million things to check out on MySpace. In other words, countless distractions. How does an aspiring author find the time to write? And when you do find the time, how do you make the most of it?



From my own experience, as well as discussions with other prolific writers, I’ve compiled eleven tips to help you keep going a bit longer or squeeze out a few more words each time you write. These suggestions aren’t all applicable to every situation—in fact, some are even contradictory—but try the techniques. Some may work well for you. 




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