I never expected to write about a romance novelist. But last summer I read a story about Danielle Steel in the Roanoke Times that was fascinating and inspiring. I’m always interested in the creative processes and work habits of others.
But first, what are your tools of production? I have a desktop computer in my office, but 97 percent of the time I’m tapping away on my laptop.
Steel, a leader in a genre that racked up $1.37 billion in 2006 book sales, has written all 75 of her books using a 1946 Olympia manual typewriter. She “pounds out all her novels in a tiny office in her San Francisco home,” and “first drafts are usually done in punishing 20-hour shifts.” Steel loves the work and cares little about fame.
I appreciate technology; it allows me to live in a small town. Still, from a creative standpoint, Danielle Steel reminded me it’s not all about the tools. Rather, it’s the passion, work ethic and storytelling that matter, whether in romance novels or B2B marketing communications.