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Writing needs stamina, says James Ellroy

24th September 2009

Solitude and stamina are the secrets behind James Ellroy's success, the novelist has revealed.

The L.A. Confidential author told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he is 'solitary by nature' and finds being alone helps him to approach new works with an uncluttered mind.

'I want to write the books that no one else would have the stamina to write. It's not about writing what you know. It's about writing what you think no one else is writing,' he added.

Ellroy explained that these two factors were instrumental to him writing the forthcoming crime fiction novel Blood's a Rover, an epic 691-page story set during the Kennedy presidency.

The author, whose other works include The Black Dahlia, also told the newspaper that he spent eight months crafting a 397-page outline for the novel before he even started the real writing process.

A recent review of Blood's a Rover in The Economist said that the novel displays a greater 'emotional resonance' than his earlier works.

However, it also warns of a convoluted and sprawling storyline, which requires the reader to have faith in Ellroy's ability to negotiate the mammoth book to a conclusion.

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