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>>>>According to Asimov's autobiography, he didn't. His normal procedure was to write a draft, then retype it in final form making "minor" editorial changes in the process.

Wil: I guess you can get away with that when you're Isaac Asimov. When my first book ws published, there were what seemed like thousands of minor edits that the editor insisted on (mostly punctuation and formatting issues, a few grammatical changes). Okay, so he made almost all of the changes, but I still had to review every page to make sure that none of the edits changed the meaning of what I wrote (and I caught a few that did). That alone took several weeks (of course, I was doing it in the evenings, after work, so it took longer than if I were able to do it all day, as my actual job). It would have been impossible for me to write a book a month if I had to spend a week or two reviewing the edits for each one. But I guess if you trust the editor, and don't review the edits, that would work.

>>>>No, he enjoyed the "drudgework." For his nonfiction books, he even insisted on preparing the index himself (a process that involved notecards and plenty of floor space).

That makes it even more difficult to fathom how he had the time to write so much in the years he had....

Mark.
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