Mozart was a Genius; I have to Work Hard

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) passed away on December 5, 1791, at the age of 35.

Mozart did not “write” music. He conceived an entire piece in his head then “transcribed” the music to paper, flawlessly. His original manuscripts are in perfect handwriting without corrections.

I am no Mozart.

My process for writing my stories involves extensive planning, charting, diagramming, mind mapping, outlining, and simply sitting in the dark as I talk myself through story issues while making notes with a voice recorder. I never write anything that does not require correcting, rewriting, and editing. When the entire process is included, my word count per day seems low, although once I am at the point of actually writing the prose, I can produce 1,000 to 2,000 words per day, with some days hitting 4,000.

Some writers say they produce 10,000 words per day, creating a sizable novel every couple of months. I find it hard to believe anyone could produce anything with a depth of substance and quality doing that. However, they might be a Mozart.

Mozart was a Genius; I have to Work Hard.

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