Saturday, July 18, 2009
Crime writing - a quick kill?
I was reading through the Christchurch Press this morning (one can never have too many newspapers in the weekend) and came across an article about Canadian crime writer Linwood Barclay. He was talking about his latest book Fear The Worst but the bit that got me was when he was talking about the time frames involved in his novel writing. The article by Margie Thomson says:
"His first draft will take around seven weeks, then another six weeks or so of editing."
That fair blew my socks off.
Admittedly, the man was a journalist in a former life and I think journalists are at an advantage in the world of writing to deadlines as there is nothing more pressing than the next days edition and they will have honed those skills of getting the job done over many years of pressure.
But still, seven weeks!
Then I got to thinking. What would I have to do to get a draft written in seven weeks. What sort of support mechanisms would I need.
Then it all came clear.
I would need a wife.
That's what I would need, a wife.
Someone else to look after the family, attend to school runs and kids activities and Mount Laundry and getting the dinner on the table and actually functioning as a normal human being and being the glue that held the family together.
So there it is.
I need me a wife.