Writers Writing

I picked up a book in Kmart (my favourite place for cheap-ish, popular books) called the The Way of Kings. At 1000 pages it’s a monster, and it started me wondering what the author’s (Brandon Sanderson) writing habits were.

Brandon Sanderson, most famous (in my mind at least) for completing the Wheel of Time series after Robert Jordan’s death, spent a year and a half doing 14 hour days, 6 days a week1 to complete not just The Way of Kings but also Towers of Midnight, another monster2.

My mind just goes “wow”, and then I start to think about my writing habits. They aren’t great, certainly nothing like the full time job (and then some) that Sanderson committed himself to, and I think it’s time I pull up my writerly socks. I can’t put in the hours like Sanderson (what with the need to pay bills and all) but I can make a start.

So here’s what I’m going to do. I am committing myself to writing every Saturday morning in a local cafe (because home offers too many distractions). If I can do it for 4 weeks in a row I’m going to give myself a prize, only question is what’s the prize going to be?

  1. Another Long and Rambling Post on Future Books []
  2. Word count for the The Way of Kings is 387,000 & Towers of Midnight 328,000 []

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