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Diary of an artist, Thursday, May 16, 2019
Woke up 3:40 am (little tired)
Yesterday I self-published my 18th book. It’s called “work” and it’s part of my Little Book series. I self-published it within a month of announcing that I will do it. Did I write it in one month? I didn’t. No book of mine was written in such a short time.
Is it possible to write a book in one month or even less than one month? Why not? I think it happens. But I also think that many authors who claim that they wrote a book in two or three weeks, or a month, fail to factor in that long before they sat down in front of their computer or typewriter to write this book, they had been producing content or gathering information which they then used for that book. Which, quite obviously, means they didn’t write that book in one month or less.
I didn’t write any of my books in one month. I always only put it all together and added some new content (maybe 10% of the entire book) in such a short time.
I am able to produce and self-publish a book a month, or every two months — I don’t know exactly what the frequency is, because I write almost each day (I only don’t write on days when I’m extremely tired or sick) and I have been doing it for a long time (it’s my fourth year). When you write almost each day for even a year (even if you write only a few lines a day) you end up amassing a substantial collection of essays, blog posts, diary entries, or whatever. If you never before produced and published a book after one year of writing you will probably have enough material for at least one book (at least!). I usually write between 500 and 1000 words a day (sometimes it’s fewer than 500, sometimes it’s more than 1000). So far this entry is 320 words long.
Almost exactly two years ago I had this idea that I will gather some of my blog posts and Quora answers and self-publish ten books (another series of mine) each of which will touch upon one, two or three interrelated topics. Little did I know back then that two years will have passed until I will start producing these books. After I had planned it and created ten book covers for that series (it’s called **My game. A collection**) I had other ideas for books and so I postponed the production of this series. Now it’s time to produce and self-publish the first book in that series.
It may seem like it’s the same as my Little Book series but it’s not. Whereas in Little Book series I want to write about a certain thing (life, work, regret, mistakes, etc.) and I use content from my blog or my Quora answers, but also write new content, for this new series only the content which already appeared on Quora (in my answers) and on my blog will be used.
I will start with volume X of that series. I don’t see any problem with that. Star Wars started with Episode IV. I have my book covers ready, I feel like self-publishing volume X as first, so I’ll do it. It doesn’t matter in which order those books will appear. Sooner or later probably all those books will appear on Amazon (you never know, right?), so, if all goes as planned, there will be a complete collection (vol. I — X). It’s not a novel. The volumes don’t have to appear in numerical order.
This entire entry is 606 words long.
Reading (since my last diary entry):
Facing Unpleasant Facts: Narrative Essays by George Orwell (40 min, on scribd app). Finished it.
A Collection of Essays by George Orwell (40 min, on scribd app).
Søren Kierkegaard: A Biography by Joakim Garff (60 min, on scribd app).
My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff (60 min, on scribd app).
Audiobooks (since my last diary entry):
What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir by Abigail Thomas (30 min. on scribd app) Second listening.
YouTube videos and movies (since my last diary entry):
House of Z (on Netflix) Finished it.
Seeing Allred (on Netflix) Finished it.
The Man Who Would Be Polka King (on Netflix) Finished it.
Oblivion (on Netflix) Finished it.
Trump: An American Dream Manhattan (on Netflix) Finished it.
Trump: An American Dream The Gambler (on Netflix) Finished it.
Killing Eve I Hope You Like Missionary! (on HBO Go) Finished it.
Music for this writing session: Frédéric Chopin (on spotify)