For those of you attempting National Novel Writing Month, we salute you. Here are 10 novels famously written in six weeks or less.
"The Confidential Agent" - Written by author Graham Greene in six weeks during the period he was also writing "The Power and the Glory."
"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" - 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.
"The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" - Written by author Muriel Spark in one month.
"A Study in Scarlet" - The introduction of supersleuth Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson, author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle knocked this novel out in three weeks.
"A Christmas Carol" - Written by author Charles Dickens in six weeks.
"As I Lay Dying" - William Faulkner famously said he wrote the novel in six weeks, working from midnight to 4 a.m. and "not changing a single word."
"The Running Man" - 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.
"A Clockwork Orange" - Author Anthony Burgess said he wrote "A Clockwork Orange" in three weeks.
"On the Road" - 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.