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When Is Writing Not the Thing – Majorca Writing Retreat

The view from my writing station (photo below).

The view from my writing station (photo below).

When my host invited me to Spain to do a writers retreat together, I did not even know where in Spain she lived. It was definitely an Unexpected Blessing. What I knew was that my family’s move to Holland, arrival the week of school orientation, and busy schedule for my four sons and the settling into a new country had slowed my own writing to the pace of an inch worm–my own special form of writer’s block. Edits for others and publishing work were squeezed in here and there and even blogging about life as an expat in the Netherlands fit occasionally, but solid time where I was able to focus inward, to release my own creative impulses through written words were few and far between.

I refuse to let this year slip by without finishing the third novel in my series. The writers retreat is the time away from all other responsibilities to breathe life across the embers of characters, plots, and imagination. Although I did not finish the novel on my work-a-tion, the climactic scene came to me sitting on the balcony overlooking a Mediterranean bay on my first trip to Spain. Beyond the distractions of beautiful locale, walled-city market, sumptuous victuals, the writing is the thing.

One of my writing stations in Mallorca.

One of my writing stations in Mallorca.

Famous writers often mention how reading and writing dovetail. The only reading I brought was my own books, 2 novels and one novella re-read cover to cover, immersing myself in the world I created with the characters I was missing. Perhaps in a lack-luster environment I could have accomplished more, but what I got done was very satisfying.

Thank you dear friend for opening your home to me, talking writing every day, luring me out in the sun as needed, and being the ever gracious host and friend. Here’s to you and 23K+ words in seven days. And thanks to my husband who took the time off to spend with the children and encourages me in every way.

Writing would never be the thing without the people who make it possible.

Grateful. Every. Single. Day.

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 Kristin King is an army wife, mother of 4 sons, author, publisher, president of a nonprofit, and American expat living in Holland. Her first series, Begotten Bloods (BB), is paranormal romance.

Unsinkable Vampire (BB .5)

Cain’s Coven (BB 1)

Death Taint (BB 2)

Works in Progress: Blood Siren (BB 3) and Christmas Consort (BB 3.5)

 

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On Prolific Writers

4 Books, 988 pages, 99 cents by one of the most prolific writers of all time, Barbara Cartland. (Photo is link to Amazon)

4 Books, 988 pages, 99 cents by one of the most prolific writers of all time, Barbara Cartland. (Photo is link to Amazon)

Guest Blogger Ryan King's Post-Apocalyptic Trilogy $9.99 (Click Photo to Buy)

Guest Blogger Ryan King’s Post-Apocalyptic Trilogy $9.99 (Click Photo to Buy)

Guest Post by Ryan King, Author of the Land of Tomorrow Trilogy now in a boxed set for only $3.99. During July if you write a review for him, King will donate $10 to Future Hope Africa. Find his works, including the 3 current FREE ebooks, at these links for fiction and history.

I was recently reading one of Stephen King’s books and thought about all the works he has completed in his career. In an age where world-famous and highly successful authors may complete less than ten books in their lifetime, Stephen King’s 70 finished books is impressive. This caused me to wonder just how prolific King was in a larger context.

Fellow horror author Dean Koontz has actually out-produced King with a completed 91 novels. James Patterson, who now frequently completes a novel a month using a team of ghost writers and coauthors, has finished 98 novels. The great western story-teller Louis L’Amour completed 101 books while Danielle Steele has finished 120 novels. Nora Roberts blows them all away with over 200 published books under four different names.

Then I started digging a little deeper. R.L. Stine published 430 children’s books while Isaac Asimov completed 506 works and is the only known author to be published in all ten Dewey Decimal System categories. Ursula Bloom completed over 500 books and Charles Hamilton writing under 20 different pseudonyms is estimated to have written over 100,000,000 words in his lifetime.

Perhaps the most impressive to me is the British Romance writer Barbara Cartland. In her career she wrote 722 novels and has sold an estimated 1 Billion copies of her books worldwide. In the mid-eighties she was the most popular and well-sold author on the planet. She holds the Guinness Book of World’s Record for most novels written in a year at 23. In an incredible 80 year writing career she averaged a completed novel every 40 days.

Then there are other lesser known authors. The German Rolf Kalmuczak writing in over 100 pseudos has written over 500 books. Prentiss Ingraham has written over 600 novels and over 400 novellas. Lauren Paine writing under 20 names published over 1000 books between 1956-2007. The Spaniard Corin Tellado has written over 4000 novellas.

This is all truly incredible production and something I’m sure all writers would love to aspire to. But then reality sinks in as I realize how hard it was to simply find time to write this blog post.

What are your writing goals and how prolific do you want to be?

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Ryan King is a career army officer with multiple combat tours who continues to serve in the military. During July if you write a review for him, King will donate $10 to Future Hope Africa. Find his works including the current FREE ebook at these links for fiction and history.

 

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