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
LES MISERABLES by Victor Hugo
LORD OF THE RINGS by J.R.R. Tolkien
A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens
WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Bronte
TWILIGHT by Stephanie Meyere
THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgeral
2 1/2 years
HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE by J.K. Rowling
So, as you can see, there is no standard time for writing a novel.
I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me
two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I chose the
latter. Way cheaper. I've been writing since I discovered blank wall space and
Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write...except for that graffiti
phase I went through as a teenager. Oops. Did I say that out loud?