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List of published authors who write quickly
To complete NaNoWriMo's 50,000 word goal, one has to write 1,667 words a day - a pace which many find unbelievable or undoable. However, many published authors have written a whole novel in a month or write above that quota every day:
- In his memoir On Writing, Stephen King says he writes 2,000 words every day, even on the weekends and holidays.
- According to Prism of the Night: A Biography of Anne Rice, Anne Rice wrote Interview with the Vampire in five weeks - the book is 338 pages long.
- John Scalzi wrote 90% of his latest bestseller Lock In in November. He also mentioned a quota of 3,000 words in November and commented that most tended to make the final cut.
- Chuck Wendig finished the second Atlanta Burns book in 27 days, clocking in at 72k and also has mentioned that his daily quota is 2,000 words a weekday.
- Delilah S Dawson wrote Wicked Ever After plus a short story for a total of 61k in November.
- Marissa Meyer wrote Cinder and Scarlet, and started the third novel, Cress in November for a total of 150k.
- Catherynne M. Valente wrote The Labyrinth in eleven days.
- Rachel Aaron was already writing 2k a day, but went up to 10k with better planning.
- Lindsay Buroker has a daily quota of 10k.
- Hugh Howey wrote 80k of his Wool series during his first Nanowrimo.
- Dean Wesley Smith wrote 763k in one year ranging from 44k to 107k months.
- Kazuo Ishiguro wrote The Remains of the Day, a 245-page book, in four weeks.