Stephen King: Can a Novelist Be Too Productive?
An excellent article in The New York Times by Stephen King where he argues that quantity can mean quality and that prolificacy can sometimes be inevitable because the writer simply has no choice.
Illustration by Eleanor Davis
"THERE are many unspoken postulates in literary criticism, one being that the more one writes, the less remarkable one’s work is apt to be. Joyce Carol Oates, the author of more than 50 novels (not counting the 11 written under the pseudonyms Rosamond Smith and Lauren Kelly), understands perfectly how little use critics have for prolific writers. In one of her journals she wrote that she seemed to create “more, certainly, than the literary world allows for a ‘serious’ writer.” [read on]