Is it possible for a writer to be too prolific? In terms of writing books, does quantity equal poor quality? Stephen King has put down his thoughts on whether one can write too much in the article, “Can a Novelist be Too Productive?”
He offers a great explanation of his own overbearing imagination by explaining, “I had a thousand ideas but only 10 fingers and one typewriter.”
At the time of this writing, King has published more than 55 novels. In one particular year, he published four novels and even more remarkable, he wrote the novel “The Running Man” in a single week.
So where does quality and quantity meet or fall apart? I tend to read a “literary” novel alongside one that is, for lack of a better word, more fun. I think of it as eating my vegetables alongside my dessert. One is good for me; one is enjoyable. And both have a legitimate place at the table.
What are your thoughts on King’s article? Do you believe that authors can turn out a quality book at a rapid fire rate?