Wednesday, September 21, 2016

How Long Does it Take to Write a Book?

I'm frequently asked how long it takes me to write a book. That depends, of course, on how long the book is, but for an average 90-95k novel, I can do it in about 9 months. That includes my excessive editing and some research, assuming I have a basic knowledge of the era. If I don't it takes longer. How does that match up with other authors?

Here are a some famous authors and their even more famous titles, along with the time it took them to write the dang thing.

GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell
10 years

LES MISERABLES by Victor Hugo
12 years

LORD OF THE RINGS by J.R.R. Tolkien
16 years

A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens
6 weeks

WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Bronte
9 months

TWILIGHT by Stephanie Meyere
3 months

THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgeral
2 1/2 years

HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE by J.K. Rowling
6 years

So, as you can see, there is no standard time for writing a novel.

2 comments:

Robin Mason said...

TTTHHHAAANNNKKK YYYOOOUUUUU!!!!! I have been pressured (by a few) to write shorter and faster (three months!) and get it to market—am I writing a story or counting piggie toes..... Mine are long (like crazy long) and I do perpetual editing and research!! thank you for being another voice that shuts that "be quick" [evil] voice!!!

chappydebbie said...

Wow, I never knew it took so long to write books. Keep it up, you put out some of the best books I've ever read!

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