American Novelist Philip Roth

Posted by Backyard Urban Gardening on Monday, September 15, 2008

I thoroughly enjoyed the NPR interview with Philip Roth this afternoon. It made my drive home that much more interesting.

Besides offering some insights into his newest work of fiction, Indignation, Mr. Roth also provided some explanation regarding his personal writing habits. He said that in 52 years of writing, he has worked six to seven days per week consistently. And in those six or seven days, Mr. Roth estimated that he turns out an average of six or seven pages of draft quality prose.

After a year of writing, that slow and steady pace yields an average length novel.


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