Janet Fox gives some real-life examples about how long it takes to write a book. The quick answer: it depends.
How Long Does it Take to Write a Book? :: Janet Fox
More writing advice from Avi’s blog: “Take a sheet of paper and write down how you feel about your idea, why it is so brilliant and so important. Don’t be shy— no one will read it—put down your feelings as honestly as you can. Fold the sheet of paper, put it in the envelope, seal it, and store it out of sight.”
Writing Tip: Eugene Yelchin :: Avi
Irene Latham on perseverance: When rejected, keep going!
The First Day of Kindness :: Irene Latham
Nathan Bransford is a wealth of knowledge. This might be the most comprehensive post he’s ever created.
Novel revision checklist :: Nathan Bransford
My first exposure to Wendell Berry was his novel, Jayber Crow. Since then I’ve read a number of his essays and poems (right now This Day: Collected and New Sabbath Poems is part of my nightly reading). This recent essay in the New Yorker made me think of his “How to Be a Poet”: (“Make a place to sit down. / Sit down. Be quiet…Communicate slowly. / Live a three-dimensioned life…”).
Wendell Berry’s Advice for a Cataclysmic Age :: The New Yorker
“The Library of Congress still holds its entire (paper) card catalog, which is currently gathering dust in the basement, essentially a relic abandoned by modern society. Supposedly, they keep it there for older patrons who occasionally use it, but the catalog remains an important historical archive.”
And Ode to the Card Catalog :: Messy Nessy
This is an article that I wrote on a topic very close to my heart: The things I’ve learned about writing as an author and how I wish I’d taught writing differently during my classroom days.
Caroline Starr Rose on Teaching Writing :: The TeachingBooks Blog