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From 6 Weeks to 6 Years: Great Writers, Great Novels, & How Long It Took

From 6 Weeks to 6 Years: Great Writers, Great Novels, & How Long It Took

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In honor of National Novel Writing Month, Open Road Media explored how long it has taken some renowned novelists to write their masterpieces. We discovered that Lawrence Durrell wrote Balthazar, the second novel in his acclaimed Alexandria Quartet, in six weeks, whereas James Salter's tour de force, A Sport and a Pastime, took about six years to write.

NaNoWriMo may be coming to an end, but that doesn't mean you should quit! As Ray Bradbury said: "You fail only when you stop writing."

Click on the cover images to read excerpts from these featured titles! Enjoy.

In honor of National Novel Writing Month, Open Road Media explored how long it has taken some renowned novelists to write their masterpieces. We discovered that Lawrence Durrell wrote Balthazar, the second novel in his acclaimed Alexandria Quartet, in six weeks, whereas James Salter's tour de force, A Sport and a Pastime, took about six years to write.

NaNoWriMo may be coming to an end, but that doesn't mean you should quit! As Ray Bradbury said: "You fail only when you stop writing."

Click on the cover images to read excerpts from these featured titles! Enjoy.

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 A SPORT AND A PASTIME 
By James Salter
SATURDAY, THE SIXTH OF
January. The sky is cloudless, blue, cold as ice and yet burningthe eyes. The sun is just weak enough to be felt through the windshield, no more. It’s thecoldest day of the year. He takes a curve on the wrong side near Beaune and then, toolate, sees the figure near the edge of the trees, a figure in uniform who casually waveshim down, now it is two of them:
 gendarmes
.
 
Dean has crossed the solid line in themiddle of the road. It’s quite serious. In France the
agents
don’t fool around. One doesn’tmisbehave. Slowly they walk across to the car. They have the faces of hunters,unemotional and wise. They ask for his papers. His French vanishes. It crumbles to a few,inept words. He stammers and can answer only with difficulty. The policemen are patient. They seem to be watching his mouth, as if they might understand him despitehimself. Not more than a glance on their part at Anne-Marie who sits still as a housemaidwhile Dean struggles and lies. It seems the ordeal will never end. Finally they deliver awarning, with gestures, and allow him to go on. Dean thanks them.He knows he’s been a fool. It’s made even more clear by her silence, by somethingin her face. He behaved like a frightened boy. Worse, he couldn’t even find words.“It’s lucky I don’t speak French that well,” he says, forcing a laugh.
Oui
,”
 
she says.All the way to Dijon she is somewhat disinterested in him. They ride in an unbrokensilence, the cold leaking in on them, the whole day blue with it, people, objects, the verylight. He pulls up before the Hôtel de la Cloche.“What do you think of it?”She doesn’t reply.It’s only when the door of the room is opened that she suddenly changes.
 Ah!
 
she cries, “
c’est très jolie!
Dean is suspicious. It’s ridiculously modern. The corridors they walked along were built to grand dimensions, suitably gloomy, and now this: loud colors and the bareness of 

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