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shadowknightneo

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How long does it normally take you to write.
Posted: Apr 13, 2012 9:42 AM
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I have recently started this whole writing thing, because it has always appealed to me. Ive always written short stories in a day or two but have recently started on my first big story (Its more than 5 chapters and about 10,000 words already)

Im just wandering, how long does it take you guys to write a whole complete story?
Do you ever run out of steam or wish you could just finish it?
How long after finishing the story do you normally spend on reviewing, editing and finsihing the story.?
I normally try and write atleast one chapter a day or a majority of a chapter how much can you get done in one day?

I was just trying to gather other peoples opinions as i think ive wrote myself out tonight :)

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blackoaktomes

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Re: How long does it normally take you to write.
Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:12 AM   in response to: shadowknightneo in response to: shadowknightneo
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Probably about 2 years for a solid novel, but I think it can be done more swiftly. A year is typical among many authors.

A lot of Kindle authors write shorter works, which in some ways is wise because you get more revenue per word.
amb50

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Re: How long does it normally take you to write.
Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:15 AM   in response to: shadowknightneo in response to: shadowknightneo
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Hi Shadowknight,

I can give you my perspective if it helps. Only based one and a third novels so far.
I usually write around 500-1,500 words a day, sometimes missing a day or two. In my first novel (Death Master) I got to half-way and panicked. Not only did I worry that I might not be able to finish (I had completed around 42,000 words at that stage) but I also worried that even if I did finish it, no-one would want to read it. I think maybe it's natural to worry in that way but would be interesting to know how others feel. I would say Shadow that based on my word output, about a year is a realistic time for me.

Best wishes,
Anna
mrgort

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Re: How long does it normally take you to write.
Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:32 AM   in response to: shadowknightneo in response to: shadowknightneo
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I'd say it took me about a year to write 'Genome' ( http://www.amazon.com/Genome-ebook/dp/B007G1BVYU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334338277&sr=8-1 ) at 68,000 words. I had a screenplay to start from but I rewrote pretty much the whole thing.

I'm blogging about writing for the ePub world at garyalanhenson.blogspot.com if you are interested.

Go for it!
saxon21

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Re: How long does it normally take you to write.
Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:42 AM   in response to: shadowknightneo in response to: shadowknightneo
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I don't write literary masterpieces, I write fast moving Science Fiction. I've completed eight books over the last year with the shortest being 70,000 words. I have ten books on Amazon at the moment.

I don't consider myself a great writer or even a proficient one. There are grammar rules I forgot forty years ago. It's not unusual to write eight hours a day and the time just flies by. I get lost in the story and stop when my wife tells me it's time to quit.

I can tell from the posts on this forum that there are so many more talented writers than I. I envy their skills and experience. I just have to work with what I have and hope my readers enjoy the effort. So far they have.
sbin59

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Re: How long does it normally take you to write.
Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:43 AM   in response to: shadowknightneo in response to: shadowknightneo
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Hi Shadowknightneo,

I'm new at this too. My first book went live in January. It's just under 60,000 words and probably took about six months to write but I didn't work at it every day.

Since January, I've also published a children's book that is 7,000 words, three short stories that are 10,000 words each and I just finished a 30,000 word novella this week.

So you see that in half the time, I've produced almost the same as the novel. It's because I write every day now. I try to get as much done as possible but I don't beat myself up over non-productive days anymore. My writing has gotten better and I'm learning all the time.

I've learned to leave the work for a while before trying to edit and that it's ok to get editting help! I didn't at first so the novel kinda sucks, lol. (I have fixed it several times and have thought about taking it down and re-writing it but alas, I have switched genres and it just doesn't interest me anymore *sigh)

Anyway, that's the key. Write every day. Even if it's just a few sentences, try to get something down. It looks like that's what you are doing, so keep up the good work!

Best wishes for good luck with your work :)

sbin59
seechellewrite

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Re: How long does it normally take you to write.
Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:59 AM   in response to: shadowknightneo in response to: shadowknightneo
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I'll be publishing my next novel at the end of this month when I'm done with editing. I started it, from scratch, the first week of January. It's 70,000 words or so. When I was writing, I'd average about 3,000 words a day. I think the story benefited from being written so quickly.

My goal is to get three full length novels out this year, so doing one beginning to end is right on par for me. My last book was just ok and took a lot longer to write and edit. I don't think taking longer necessarily makes for a better book. It depends on how the author works best, and you have to figure that out for yourself.
williamamerman

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Re: How long does it normally take you to write.
Posted: Apr 13, 2012 11:03 AM   in response to: saxon21 in response to: saxon21
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I'm immensely jealous of your output, Saxon :)
My God, over half a million words in one year? That's a lifetime of words for a lot of writers! I'm going to have to look up your stuff. Would love to get into your writing because I know it'll be such a short wait until your next release!
amb50

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Re: How long does it normally take you to write.
Posted: Apr 13, 2012 11:06 AM   in response to: saxon21 in response to: saxon21
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Hi Saxon,

I think you are really modest. Your writing is very impressive and your output is astonishing ! I could only hope to emulate.

Anna
blackoaktomes

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Re: How long does it normally take you to write.
Posted: Apr 13, 2012 11:10 AM   in response to: seechellewrite in response to: seechellewrite
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That's very impressive, saxon.

I need to be more prolific!
williamamerman

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Re: How long does it normally take you to write.
Posted: Apr 13, 2012 11:13 AM   in response to: shadowknightneo in response to: shadowknightneo
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A solid day for me is 1,000 words. I'd write more, but my real job takes a ton of my time. It takes me about an hour to crank out those 1,000 words. I slacked off for, ahem, 5 years since my last book and only have re-established a solid writing pattern due to Amazon's WONDERFUL self-publishing kindle functionality.

My normal novel length is 90,000 words for first draft, pared down to 75-85k for final draft. Thus, it takes me about 90 days of writing to finish a book. This 90 days of 1k/day writing will probably take me about 5 months, though, because of the real job, young children, etc. Then I'll put it away for a month and work on something else. Rewrites will take another 6 weeks and then I'll put it away again for a month. Then one last 4 week polish rewrite and up it goes.

If I add it up that's about 10 months from start to finish? Ah, I didn't account for writing the outline before the first draft. I learned my lesson about making it up as I go along from my first and second books and now only begin writing once I've finished an outline of all chapters. The outline for my current book is over 11,000 words long. It's sort of a mini-first draft, in fact. It takes a couple months to write the outline, so I guess we're looking at a full year for a book.

Ever since kindle, though, that year feels like an eternity!
daysoldier

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Re: How long does it normally take you to write.
Posted: Apr 13, 2012 11:22 AM   in response to: shadowknightneo in response to: shadowknightneo
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This is a tough one for me to answer. I've had about 20 books or so that I've been playing with for over a decade now, but I had never really devoted myself to them.

I spent years studying the ins and outs of writing fiction and toying with these books.

A couple years back, I finally sat down to write my first serious novel and it took me about 3 months. However, I was writing at least 6 hours a day and had already completely fleshed out the story.

For my second book (Day Soldiers) I wrote several hours a day, 5 days a week, And finished it in about 4 months.

Those numbers are deceptive, though, because I'd truly been writing both for at least a decade.
rattwood

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Re: How long does it normally take you to write.
Posted: Apr 13, 2012 11:28 AM   in response to: shadowknightneo in response to: shadowknightneo
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The shortest time it ever took me to write a 60,000 + word novel was three months. The longest it took me to write anything was a10,000-word novella and it was 30 years. Most of my other novels took at least five years.
mollysnow

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Re: How long does it normally take you to write.
Posted: Apr 13, 2012 11:39 AM   in response to: saxon21 in response to: saxon21
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I have to know--Do you outline?
gc5068

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Re: How long does it normally take you to write.
Posted: Apr 13, 2012 11:43 AM   in response to: mollysnow in response to: mollysnow
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It took me about a year to write my novel, then another 6 months for revisions editing and proofreading, so quite a significant time.

I am thinking for my next novel of using some of the voice activated software, as I sure can talk faster than I can type.

Some of you really crank the writing out - I'm impressed!
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