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, Author

Over the past nine months, everyone kept asking me, “So… 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 🙂

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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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