Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Writing your first million words

Elmore Leonard has posted three brief paragraphs on his blog that may be of interest to writers and readers. The heart of the matter:
John D. McDonald said that you had to write a million words before you really knew what you were doing. A million words is ten years. By that time you should have a definite idea of what you want your writing to sound like. That’s the main thing. I don’t think many writers today begin with that goal: to write a certain way that has a definite sound to it.
Click here to read how this observation applies to Leonard's own experience.

--Marshal Zeringue