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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?

 

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6 Responses to “The Big Reveal”

  1. Kyra Lennon Says:

    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. :D

  2. Alice Says:

    So many people write so fast! A novel in two weeks? How do you do it – lots of planning?

  3. PK Hrezo Says:

    Yep I can write a first draft in a month if school is in. But the revision process takes me months!

  4. Suzi Says:

    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.

  5. Cassie Mae Says:

    If I’m working on one project, then it’s faster. I’ll let you know when that happens again, lol.

  6. Lara Schiffbauer Says:

    I’m slow. Slow, slow, slow. I’m trying to get faster, but it’s tough. :(

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