As someone who has made procrastination into a special art form, I marvel at writers who dedicate time to the craft every day. I’m still too immature to seriously sweat out the words I should every day, and still too naive to realize that waiting for inspiration is not enough, I need to seriously write every day—seriously!
So, who better to look to for advice about churning out the words than America’s most prolific writer? This author has published a hundred and eighty-two novels and grosses sixty million dollars per year. (According to Forbes estimate in 2004.)
Who is this author you ask. Is it John Grisham? Stephen King?
Nope, it’s the reigning queen of romance who outsells both of the above gentlemen, Nora Roberts. She typically publishes five books each year: two installments of a paperback original trilogy; two J.D. Robb (the pseudonym she uses for her futuristic mysteries) books; and each summer, a hardcover stand alone romance novel. Twenty-seven Nora Roberts books are sold every minute.
Even if you’re not a fan of Roberts (which I’m not) or the romance genre (which, for certain books, I am) listening to her advice is educating and entertaining (she’s known for having a bit of a potty-mouth).
I give you seven minutes and fourteen seconds of Nora speaking to 550 people at The Washington Post on July 14, 2009. (For those of you not familiar with her books, Roarke is a character from the series she writes as JD Robb.) Listen and learn from wisdom like “inspiration is crap” and that writing can be “like carving in granite with a toothpick.”
Happy Valentine’s Day!