The Big Reveal


Welcome to The Big Reveal
I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at all levels, from un-agented to published, and every week I will have a new question for them.


Is writing a long process for you?


Christa Desir, Pre-Published Author
If I’m collabing, it takes about 2 weeks for us to write a book. But my collab partner is crazy fast. I would write faster and more often if I didn’t have a day job. When I’m really into a story, I can pull off a draft in about a month. But then I layer A LOT. I have never ever written anything that is 70k. I write shorty, gritty and fierce books that are meant for teens who maybe don’t love reading.


Dahlia Adler, Agented Author
I think I’m fairly average on the writing front – it probably takes me 2-3 months for a first draft. I usually add a decent amount while revising though.


Jenny Morris, Agented Author
This depends. The only book I’ve ever written in weeks was a collaboration project. All my solo projects have taken months. I don’t have a huge amount of writing time so it takes me longer than I’d like.


Theresa Paulo, Agented Author
On average when I have the time it takes about a month to write a first draft. Lately it’s taking me longer than a month to write a first draft about two to three. Stupid day job.

Lynne Schmidt, Un-Agented Author
No, I hear I write faster than most people (can usually shell a novel out in 2-3 weeks). Editing, editing is evil.

Mindi Scott, Published Author
I honestly can’t answer this question the way it’s phrased because there is no such thing as writing without editing for me! In theory, I can write one scene in an hour or two, which means that I should be able to write a full book in less than 120 hours, right? But, oh no. It takes me six months to a year before I have a finished draft. (On the plus side, I’m told that my “first drafts” are almost as clean as many writers’ close-to-final drafts.)

Steph Campbell, Published Author
It really depends! Sometimes, I’m able to crank out a full-length novel in the span of just a few weeks, and sometimes it take (many, many) months! I really am a firm believer in letting the characters speak to you, and I don’t try to force it. I honestly love my characters, I don’t just write for the sake of being able to say that I have a book for sale. I love my characters and I really want/hope to do them justice. If the story that is true to them comes quickly, I write quickly. If it takes time to percolate, I’m fine with that, too.

How fast do you write? Do you kick a novel out in a month? Or six?


6 Responses

  1. It takes a while for me. Even during NaNo when I managed 50K in a month, I still didn’t have a complete novel! I’d say on average it takes me about 8 weeks to write a first draft, but I can do it much faster if I don’t have other work to do. 😀

  2. I’m a pretty fast writer too. I’ve done it several times within a month. But now that I’m working on other projects, 1-2 months would be average.

    But with me, the editing takes about 4x as long because everything is so rough.

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