Is Your Book Done Yet? (Part 1)

If you are an author, how long does it take you to write a novel?

While I was in Kindle Scout, I met some fantastic authors. We’ve been discussing the many facets of our writing processes. Some of our answers are shared on Joynell Schultz’s Blog today. You may even find a new favorite author in fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi. Click to read her post with a peek inside our discussion.

Joynell Schultz

Over the past nine months, everyone kept asking me, β€œSo… is your book done yet?” Ugh! Really? How long is it supposed to take to write a novel? I thought I was moving along quite quickly.

How long should it take to write a novel?

I did what I always do when I want factual information. I googled it. (Ha. Ha.) Do you know what I found? Famous novels took a variety of time. From 2.5 days (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) to 16 years (Lord of the Rings Trilogy). Click here for a nice infographic on famous authors / books.

But those are super FAMOUS people. What about everyone else? Those authors without huge publishing contracts. Those who perhaps balance a day job as well as writing.

Well, I met a whole crew of awesome authors during my Kindle Scout campaign. I thought I would throw that question…

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7 thoughts on “Is Your Book Done Yet? (Part 1)”

    1. So, I have a question for you, Andrea. Was the one you wrote in 6 weeks your first or second book? I’m being told that my second book will go quicker.


      1. Strictly speaking it was my third, as I did write a horror novel that I shelved in a drawer (can’t remember how long that one took), so yes, I’m getting faster, although I think maybe 6 weeks was a bit of a fluke πŸ™‚

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        1. Thank you for responding, Andrea. I can’t wait to get started (or continue, since I already started over a year ago) with my next novel. I’ve been so busy over the last 18 months with moving and now releasing my novel, I haven’t had a chance to get to it. I have about 5 chapters written from a while ago.

          Good to hear you’re getting quicker. Your writing always captures me.


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