I got an interesting letter in the mailbag this week. The author asked me how many books I planned to write. She wanted to know if I had a goal in mind. I thought this was a pretty interesting question—it was one I’d never really considered before. But I knew the answer right away: One.
I just want to write one good book. One book that is the absolute best I can do. It does not have to be the best book ever written. It does not have to be a best seller. But I want to write a book that reflects my best possible effort.
Every book I write is a learning experience. Sometimes I learn something new. Sometimes I relearn something that I knew before, but had forgotten. But each book prepares me for the next one. So I’m always writing one more, hoping it will be the best I can do. But then I learn something…and so I must write another.
So the answer is no. I don’t really have a number in mind. I will keep writing as long as I keep learning, and as long as I have something to say. We’ll see what the final tally is. But one really good one would be enough for me.