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Bryce Courtenay, bless him, had some great advice for writers. According to his long time editor Bob Sessions he called it "bum glue."
Sessions went on to say that Courtenay didn't start writing novels until his mid 50s but then every year since he wrote a 600 page book in around six months. Sometimes this meant writing for up to 12 hours a day.
He showed the same dedication for the long haul in writing that he held in marathon running. He ran in over 40 marathons most of them after he was over 50 years old.
Courtenay also left a lasting legacy in words. Many of these in his classic The Power of One when he wrote almost prophetically:
I learned that in each of us there burns a flame of independence that must never be allowed to go out. That as long as it exists within us we cannot be destroyed."
But I was still alive, and in my book, where there's life, there's hope."
Life is all beginnings and ends. Nothing stays the same, lad."
His many fans can take comfort from his words. But as writers we should take inspiration from his deeds.