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It’s impossible to be a writer without a system

I knew I was going to write books for a living when I was in the second grade. I’m 34, and I still haven’t accomplished that goal. I have figured out how to start and finish books, though (and it only took me two and a half decades to figure out!). The problem wasn’t so much that I didn’t have the tools to write a book, it’s that I didn’t have a system. There are few acts as lonesome and thankless as writing a book. The average novel weighs in somewhere close to 100,000 words. Mark Twain wrote 1,000 words a day. Stephen King says he cranks out 2,000 per day (come hell or holidays). Twain, God rest his soul, was a professional writer. So is...

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