Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Bleary-eyed, 19 chapters down, with 5 to go, I haven't counted the pages recently, but I'm sure I've passed the 400-page minimum my contract requires.

Remember when a teacher assigned you a paper and gave a minimum page count?  I never liked that, but I don't remember sweating it.  I figured it was the instructor's way of hinting how much detail was required.

What does 400 pages mean?  Write a book that visually demonstrates money's worth.  The publisher can always edit it down if it's too full of fluff.  This one isn't.

"How do you write 400 pages?" asks Virginia.

The same way you run a marathon, hoe a field, shell peas, or harvest sunflower seeds.  One by one by one.

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