I sometimes worry that if I've been writing very slowly for the past few years, but on the other hand, I still sometimes feel embarrassed about how many books I've written – I know exactly what Geoff Nicholson means here: Matters of literary quantity have been much on my mind since a new book of mine was published recently. A fair percentage of the reviews described me as “prolific” or “highly prolific,” in one case “wildly prolific.” Now, I’m not going to argue about the accuracy of this. I’ve published 20 books in 22 years (some quite short), and I’d say that’s not excessive, given that I don’t have a day job. But accurate or not, “prolific” definitely didn’t feel like an unalloyed compliment.
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Essay - Can’t. Stop. Writing. - NYTimes.com
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