Anyone who thinks being a bestselling author is hard work hasn’t met Stuart Woods, who told BookStandard about a typical writing day.
Stuart Woods may be the perfect picture of the
gentleman-artist. Since publishing his first novel, Chiefs, in 1981, he has managed to create three
commercially successful franchises—one starring Holly Barker, one Stone
Barrington and one Will Lee—while spending healthy amounts of time flying his
single-engine Jetprop plane between his three homes, sailing yachts and enjoying
the life of a “born-again bachelor.”
TBS: You’ve written 33 books. How do you manage to be so prolific?
SW: It takes a certain amount of discipline.
Once I know the events that are going to take place in a chapter, I can write
the chapter quickly—usually in an hour or less.
TBS: What’s a typical workday like for you?
SW: I write generally between 10 and 12 in the morning. And I
don’t work everyday.
TBS: Do you ever get
your series mixed up?
SW: If I’ve been away
from the book for a while, I’ll sometimes have to read a few chapters to get
back into it and remind myself where I was. But for the most part, I have a gift
for keeping the plot in my mind—I don’t even re-read it when I’m finished with
it, I send it straight to my editor.
You don’t re-read your work all?
SW: I write
a chapter at a sitting, then the next day I re-read it and make small
corrections and I go on from there.