From Kevin J Anderson’s recent blog post, A Day at Work:

A few years after my first novels were published, David Brin asked me if I would collaborate with him on a short story.  At the time, David was at the height of his career, winner of numerous awards, a New York Times bestselling author, one of the most respected names in the field.  I, on the other hand, had far fewer credits.  Although we had known each other for a while, I was still surprised by the offer.  “Really?  Why would you want to collaborate with me?”

“Because I want to figure out how you can be so prolific.”

So, we plotted and worked on the story, back and forth, but it never really came together.  Finally, after about three months, David said to me, “All right, I’ve figured out how you can write so much.  It’s because …

I know, that was a low-down, dirty trick. An in-your-face, I-know-you-can’t-resist-this-link, cliff-hanger ending.

But if you want to know the rest, you’ll have to read the rest.

Check it out, then come on back.

Venture forward, only ye who fear not the dreaded semi-spoiler-beast of Golamabarthu-ki’i’:


I don’t know about you, but this post from Kevin J Anderson brought up a mix of thoughts and feelings for me.

  1. Depressing: Could I even do that?
  2. Contemplative: Do I even want to do that?
  3. Inspiring: I want to do that!

For now, I’m going with what’s behind door number 3. I’m hoping it’s the trip to Tahiti instead of the stinkin’ farm animal (though farm animals are great, if that’s what you’re into).

What's Behind Door Number ...

Kevin J Anderson and other Sci-Fi and Fantasy writing luminaries will be offering their second Superstars Writing Seminar in Utah in January. I intend to write more about this seminar soon. I went to the first event, and I did not, in any way, get zonked.

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8 comments so far

Angela Perry

Wow. I’m with you. I’m not sure I could or even want to do that, but…could I? Incidentally, thanks for the link to the seminar. How is it I live in Utah and have no idea when something that HUGE is happening? But now I know 🙂

October 16th, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Well, duh. Although the nature of your spoiler alert makes it hard to expound on that First Reaction here.

Nonetheless, I am firmly on the #3 side, ready and rarin’ to go.
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October 16th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Oh, I would totally do that if I could. I’m already spending all my free minutes in one writerly endeavour or another, and shaking my fist at the world for not having MORE time.

What I am more afraid of is “Do I have the discipline to do that?” They say all writers are procrastinators. Well, I don’t know for the others, but I sure am one.

October 17th, 2010 at 8:38 am
Moses Siregar III

@Angela: I recommend it. Great info and really great people.

@David: Word.

@Claudie: I tend to go really hardcore at projects for a certain length of time and then my mind really needs to cool down. So I’m not sure if I can work up to a more intense writing schedule. But I am trying to push myself to do more and more all the time.

October 18th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

I’m like that too, Moses. I become fanatic about something for about three months, then drop it cold and move on to the next thing. It has some advantages and many disadvantages. So I’m always on a super-intense schedule but not always on the same thing. When I try to balance more than one — as I am at the moment, trying to work on my indie publishing and grad school — it is insanely difficult.
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October 21st, 2010 at 11:53 am

All I will say is that it’s much easier to edit someone else’s work than it is to write an original draft. I can edit for hours a day. Writing my own stuff? Much harder to do.

October 21st, 2010 at 10:50 pm
Moses Siregar III

I’m that way too, Mark.

October 22nd, 2010 at 1:13 pm
Moses Siregar III

My new blog post is about Kevin J Anderson hosting a free conference call tomorrow night (Wednesday, November 10th) on … increasing writing productivity!

November 9th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

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