Writer's block is a terrible affliction.
And yet, we find ourselves with little sympathy when it comes to some of our favorite writers who haven't produced a book in years. WE WANT MORE BOOKS! FEEEEEED USSSSSSS!
Here are 13 writers from whom we only want books, not excuses:
Yes, he did produce his own retelling of classic fairy tales last year, but really we want him to write<em> The Book of Dust</em>, the latest companion book to the His Dark Materials series. No publishing date has been announced yet. Get on with it, Philip! (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)
George R.R. Martin
Yes, you just wrote a new novella set in Westeros. Not enough, sorry. STOP WITH THE EVERYTHING ELSE, GEORGE! STOP IT NOW! (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
So you hosted an amazing gig at Carnegie Hall, you make more videos a day than we eat meals, and you blog/Tumb/tweet more than a teenager whose cat just died. But we loved <em>The Fault in Our Stars</em> so much, we just want more books. Write on, Mr G. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
We're not necessarily excited about the prose that will result, but the survival of the publishing industry may yet depend on EL James writing several more books a year. (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Suddenly the flavor of the moment, his quirky, disturbing sci-fiesque suburban short stories have critics fighting over each other to say who thinks <em>Tenth of December</em> is the best book of the month/year/decade. However, as Adrian Chen <a href="http://gawker.com/5978325/writer-of-our-time-george-saunders-needs-to-write-a-goddamn-novel-already">so perceptively puts it at Gawker</a>, write a goddamn novel already.
<em>Wolf Hall</em>: Booker Prize. <em>Bring up the Bodies</em>: Booker Prize. The final part of the trilogy, <em>The Mirror and the Light</em>... publishing date unconfirmed. What? Get to it, Mantel! They can only give the Booker to so many other people before you take it back again. (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
It's been seven years since <em>The Road</em>, and still no sign of <em>The Passenger</em>, <a href="http://www.thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu/research/a-z/mccarthypapers.html">his unfinished next novel</a>. You're turning 80 this year, Mr McCarthy. On your olde worlde typewriter, it's time to tap a little faster. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
We liked <em>The Night Circus</em> so much, we made it <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/08/the-night-circus-morgenstern-book-club_n_1501671.html">a book club pick. </a>But it came out more than a year ago. Morgenstern says her next book is "a film noir-flavored <em>Alice in Wonderland</em>." We want to read it, Erin. WE WANT TO READ IT NOW. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Summit Entertainment)
<em>The Interpreter of Maladies</em> was an incredible debut. <em>The Namesake</em> was a fascinating book and movie. But <em>Unaccustomed Earth</em> was five years ago now. Time to put the fingers to the keys and give us all what we want. UPDATE: An eagle-eyed Random House reprentative <a href="https://twitter.com/SarCahill/status/294957571704487936">tells us</a> that she has a new book slated for <a href="http://www.randomhouse.com/book/97151/the-lowland-by-jhumpa-lahiri">later this year</a>. OK, we'll let you off this time, Jhumpa. But don't leave us waiting so long next time, k? (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Hey, Franzen. Enough with your compilations of witty, insightful non-fiction and documentaries on bird watching. You know what we see flying over the horizon? Another bloody novel. PUT DOWN THOSE BINOCULARS AND PICK UP A PEN. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HBO)
<em>The Little Friend </em>was disturbing and memorable. It was also 11 years ago. Time for another, Donna. You can thank us later. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)
<em>The Marriage Plot</em> was fun and less frothy than many people assumed. Two years have now passed. Take your lovely shirts back to your desk, and don't leave until you're done. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
We know, OK? You wrote <em>To Kill a Mockingbird</em> and that was it. But you started a second novel, <a href="http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_happened_to_The_Long_Goodbye_written_by_Harper_Lee"><em>The Long Goodbye</em></a>. Isn't it time you gave it an ending? Please? (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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