I'm a fairly fast writer and get tired of all the "churning out" lines that are thrown around, so maybe this is partly defensive, but mostly I think I'm just curious... what the hell is taking people so long to write? Is it just a question of not sitting down and doing the writing? Either getting busy with something else or procrastinating (writing boards, anyone?)? Or are you putting the time in and still it takes a really long time? Like, by my calculations, even if you're a super-slow writer, say 250 words an hour, if you spend an hour a day on writing, you'd have a novel-length draft in less than a year. I can't imagine that most of us write that slowly? Do we? Or are people writing first drafts but then spending forever on re-writing, editing, etc? Or to look at it another way... if we assume that professional writers are probably able to write at least 1K per hour (that's only 17 words a minute!) and can write for 2 hours a day, 5 days a week (with the rest of their time spent on editing, promo, etc.) then that works out to 6.25 books a year (2hrs/day x 1000 words/hr x 5 days x 50 weeks / 80K words per book), but we're shocked at the idea that a writer could produce that much and start talking about "churning out" or whatever. Why is it shocking? Where do people see the obstacles arising? Is it hard to imagine having that many original ideas? (Probably not - most of us talk about our long lists of "plot bunnies" or ideas waiting to be written). Is it the numbers themselves people see as unrealistic? It's surprising to think of someone writing 1K per hour, or 2 hrs per day, or...? What's slowing people on this forum down, or, alternatively, why are people surprised by other writers who write more quickly?