Earlier I blogged on authors suggesting a book needs a certain word count for best effect on potential readers. 80,000-90,000 was considered ideal for novels.
The ideas of spending a fixed amount of time on a book, and aiming for a fixed word count, seem to work against achieving the best results in terms of literary quality. Clearly, a well-written book isn't the primary aim here, it is producing a lot of books and stories in a short period of time.
No doubt the advice that an author needs a lot of books on Amazon to get noticed and sell a lot is good counsel, and these recommendations on time and word count fit in with that. Unless somehow you write one book and it becomes a bestseller. That's not unknown but is the exception to the rule.
I find it tough to spend a very short amount of time on a story, because I know the literary quality will suffer. Perhaps I shouldn't mind so much as long as I am publishing a lot?
So far, I've published 4 stories in 2015 and hope to finish at least one novel and maybe two over the next 5 months. Fast enough? I suspect some of these authors are full-time writers.
My latest publication, the science fiction short story "I, Manikin."