Sunday, August 25, 2013



James Matthew Barrie00.jpgToday I wrote 4,200 words—in addition to blogging. That equates to over 1.5 million words a year which is really going some. Doubtless Edgar Wallace did better, but he dictated.

Perhaps I should. Frankly, I’m not sure I could.

I admire those who can, but my typical daily output tends to top out at 2,000 words a day. That equates to 730,000 words a year, which sounds impressive, but much of that is devoted to answering fan letters and the like.

Here, I don’t wish to minimize the importance of fan letters. I try and answer each one individually because you guys keep me alive. You raise my morale just when it is flagging—and your timing is uncanny. I find it hard to overstress the importance of this—and how much I appreciate it.

Reportedly, J,M. Barrie of Peter Pan fame wrote 500,000 words a year by hand. Now that is just plain awesome.

Before his death, he gave the rights to the Peter Pan works to London's Great Ormond Street Hospital, which continues to benefit from them.

While a child, my daughter Kira was operated on in Great Ormond Street to her great benefit. I hold the place in high regard. It is, as you may know, a leading children’s hospital.

J.M.Barrie was knighted in 1913 and died in 1937.

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