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Hi Friends. Ok, so my first novel is done and dusted and has left the nest. Like a firstborn it was lovingly poured over and nurtured in a most unreasonable, neurotic manner, but the result was pleasing despite the time it took! I am currently writing my second book with the "second born child" approach, more chilled, more experienced. But, how long can it? Will it? Does it? Take to produce a work of equal length and content? I've heard 3 weeks. I've heard 3 years. How's it been for you guys?

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I can't tell you anything from experience, being I'm still working on my first full-length work.  But, from what I've read, writing times all depend on the writer and/or their circumstances.  Some people write really fast.  They microwave and garnish a salable product in a matter of weeks.  Then repeat.  Others prefer their oven-writing.  Still others couldn't live without their crock pot methods.  Sometimes a writer's life is just too busy for microwave-writing, even if that's the way they'd prefer it.  Sometimes it's the bills, or the readers, or the publishing deadlines that dictate writing terms.  It all depends.

However, I've also read. . . somewhere, that a good averaging time for completing books (at least, in series) is somewhere around 7-18 months.  It gives a bit of time for marketing and selling of the first book before the next hits the market and floods it out.  The time-frame can depend on how well the first book is doing and the author's plans for it.  From what I've read.  Like I've said, though, I can't say these things from experience, since I'm still working on my first (and it appears I'm one of the oven-writers).

Exactly - it can take a very long time, or you could have the gift of speed/being prolific and finish it in just a few weeks. It's really down to the individual. It could be the editing/rewriting that takes a while - but some folks that could mean a few weeks or (in my case), more years than I want to think about. Massive rewrites are the bane of my existence. :) The kernel of my story I like, but execution needs some work! First or second novel, I really think it depends on the person and their stamina.

Happy writing!!

if all goes well a little 60,000 word novel (novella?) should be done in 18 months... keeping to a routine... but if I want to improve on it still after 18 months (which could happen! Definitely!)... an indiscriminate length of time awaits!!

I write with a co-author. We started work on a series in 2007 and to date have written 1.7 million words in 14 books. That's an average of 130,000 words per book and 2.3 books per year or 65,000 words each and 1.15 books each.

Thanks Angie.  I think "in the oven" is a very good way to describe the way I'm going with the next one.  I'm a girl with all fingers in all pies and this pie is definitely fruity and a slow cooker!!

Angie_Fayre said:

I can't tell you anything from experience, being I'm still working on my first full-length work.  But, from what I've read, writing times all depend on the writer and/or their circumstances.  Some people write really fast.  They microwave and garnish a salable product in a matter of weeks.  Then repeat.  Others prefer their oven-writing.  Still others couldn't live without their crock pot methods.  Sometimes a writer's life is just too busy for microwave-writing, even if that's the way they'd prefer it.  Sometimes it's the bills, or the readers, or the publishing deadlines that dictate writing terms.  It all depends.

However, I've also read. . . somewhere, that a good averaging time for completing books (at least, in series) is somewhere around 7-18 months.  It gives a bit of time for marketing and selling of the first book before the next hits the market and floods it out.  The time-frame can depend on how well the first book is doing and the author's plans for it.  From what I've read.  Like I've said, though, I can't say these things from experience, since I'm still working on my first (and it appears I'm one of the oven-writers).

I think a big part of it what kind of word count somebody is aiming for and what kind of story they are trying to tell. For me, the more fantastical a story, the more quickly I can write it, but as soon as I have to examine real life issues things become slower--I have to do research, feel more emotionally drained etc.

Hi Zachary, Yes, there must be a lot more freedom in fantasy - the imagination and the pen must flow as equally fast as one another!  However, all fiction must be be fantastical in some way, for example I write about imaginary situations but, I suppose it all comes from a "real life" point of view, no matter how ludicrous or unlikely the antics of my characters' are!  My first book took nearly three years.  I admit that it was interrupted by two house moves over the course of 18 months, but despite that, i really wanted real life predicaments to take place in the story and this is what got me thinking the longest.


Zachary T. Owen said:

I think a big part of it what kind of word count somebody is aiming for and what kind of story they are trying to tell. For me, the more fantastical a story, the more quickly I can write it, but as soon as I have to examine real life issues things become slower--I have to do research, feel more emotionally drained etc.

Hi Anna, nice to meet you here! Your question is really one which has no single answer, as it depends on a variety of factors, including the particular genre you are writing in, the amount of research, you may be working to a deadline, there may be numerous personal/domestic obstacles which simply prevent you from devoting as much time to the crafting of your novel as you wish. I am a qualified teacher and teach full time, so fit my writing in around that!

     My 3rd book is an erotic tale and it has thus far taken me around 9 months to write, Its almost finished and there is the old joke which says from conception to birth usually occupies around that same time span and indeed you make reference to your own work as a child.

    I must confess, as a professional/journalist/editor for more than 30 years, I tend to the fashioning of articles/features etc as quickly as possible, while never neglecting the attention to detail and trying to ensure the particular piece is readable etc!

   Hope second book going well! :-)

   My first book is Shadow-psychological/horror/mystery, my short story has already been compared to Poe/King, which is great, as they are two of my favorite writers! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18045686-shadow

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadow-ebook/dp/B00CO9UF3M/ref=sr_1_1?s=boo...

It took me about 40 days to write my novella, but it was all existing stories I had previously written. I just tied them all together with another story. Of course I had nothing but time on my hands, so I really stayed focused and let it pour forth.

One took about three months. The current book is still being written and has taken over a year. I write as often as possible but with work and the show and all that entails, I must 'make' time for my own writing. I also believe it is what type of writer you are. I cannot write unless I am in a certain frame of mind - usually engrossed with the characters yet some people are able to sit down and continue on their novel or novella without blinking an eye.

Hi Anna,

My first novel took me around 3 months to write but the idea had already been born nearly 20 years before in my first attempt at the same story aged 19!! Now I have started the second it seems easier but I have set myself the target of finishing and publishing for Christmas sales. Whether I stick to my deadline is another story but I'm going to try. x

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