For those of you attempting National Novel Writing Month, we salute you. Here are 10 novels famously written in six weeks or less.
Written by author Charles Dickens in six weeks.
The introduction of supersleuth Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson, author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle knocked this novel out in three weeks.
Written by author Muriel Spark in one month.
Author John Boyne said he wrote the entire first draft of "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" in two-and-a-half days, barely sleeping until he got to the end.
Written by author Graham Greene in six weeks during the period he was also writing "The Power and the Glory."
William Faulkner famously said he wrote the novel in six weeks, working from midnight to 4 a.m. and "not changing a single word."
Author Stephen King has said he wrote "The Running Man" in one week, as opposed to his normal writing pace of roughly 10 pages per day.
Author Anthony Burgess said he wrote "A Clockwork Orange" in three weeks.
Considered one of the defining works of the Beat Generation, "On the Road" was said to have been written in a three-week writing binge by author Jack Kerouac in the attic of fellow writer Allen Ginsberg.
Down and out from his own gambling addiction, author Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote "The Gambler" in 26 days in order to avoid a losing the publishing rights to his work for the next nine years -- a clause in a risky publishing contract he'd entered into.