ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — During Bubonicon 49, the annual Albuquerque science fiction convention at the Marriott Hotel Friday through Sunday, veteran writer Robert Vardeman will moderate a panel on coming up with story ideas and sit on a panel about overcoming writer’s block.
As the author of more than 300 books of fiction, spanning multiple genres, as well as a dizzying number of short stories, Vardeman, 70, is well suited to talk about generating ideas. But you have to wonder if he has ever had to deal with writer’s block.
Vardeman has written as many as 12 books a year and so far this year has turned out four novels and a half dozen short stories, a rate that, by his standards, suggests to him that he is starting to slow down.
“I think it is malarkey that it takes some people 10 years to write a book,” Vardeman said during an interview in his Northeast Heights home recently. “What were you doing the other nine and a half years? I think writing fast helps me with continuity. I don’t get confused. I’m not making stupid mistakes.”