How Long Does a Novel Take to Write? | HuffPostOctober 16, By thinkwritten 2 Comments. I hear a very similar story from a lot of aspiring writers. With National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo , just around the corner, many people are wondering if it is a good idea to challenge yourself to write a book in 30 days or less. Of course, you may type a little bit faster or a little bit slower, but if you are unsure of your true typing speed you of course can always take a free online typing test. This equation will give us a good idea of what might be physically possible. Maybe not recommended. Maybe not accurate.
How Long Does It Take To Write A Novel?
Well, for mine anyhow, from inception to publication. What was I doing, using my toes to type? Sadly not. If I had known how long it would actually take, I wonder if I ever would have started the thing. So with that in mind, if you are an aspiring writer wondering how long it might take to write your first novel: read on at your peril. I do, after all, want people to read this.
I wrote my first novel, A Calculated Life , over the course of several years with frequent breaks of many months. I kept coming back to the incomplete manuscript, reading it afresh each time, and then pressing on, adding a few thousand words before I had to put the manuscript away again. Life kept intervening. This guest post is by Anne Charnock. Dick and Kitschies Golden Tentacle Awards.
5 Really Good Reasons You Should Not Even Attempt to Write a Book in 24 Hours
I just finished the third draft of Pair Alleles , the fourth book in my Derivatives of Displacement series yesterday. This was probably my most challenging novel yet to write. In addition, as the fourth book in a series, Pair Alleles is more complex with many plot threads to keep track of and pull through from the previous books. It is also longish at , words. Pair Alleles took me seven months to go from blank screen to third draft, and that felt like a very long time with many hours of toiling at my screen. I did not record the number of hours I sat at my desk writing my novel, unlike for work, where I record my time down to the fifteen minute increment, which provides me with a lot of useful data with regard to exactly how long it takes me to write a report, sit through a meeting, or craft an evaluation plan.