Wired Magazine (alas, no link at wired.com) digs up five quick writers from the days before people wrote novels in a month:
- Anthony Burgess wrote A Clockwork Orange in three weeks. (2,785 words/day)
- Robert Louis Stevenson wrote The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in less than a week. (4,343 words/day)
- Jack Kerouac wrote On the Road in 20 days. (5,770 words/day)
- Georges Simenon wrote The Snow Was Black in less than two weeks. (3,640 words/day)
- Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 in nine days on a rented typewriter. (5,086 words/day)
Missing: A mention of Hunter S. Thompson’s famed writing binges.
So what’s my problem?