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?

Chloe Banks, Agented Author
It takes me about 3 months to write a first draft, and that first draft is terrible. Second drafts take me about the same length, but hopefully later versions are a bit quicker.


Valerie Cole, Agented Author
I’m not sure. Each manuscript has been completely different so I don’t have an average just yet. My shortest took 3 weeks. My longest took 3 years.

Jay Bendt, Un-agented Author
Ugh – long. So long. I have yet to finish a whole novel because I’m a project dropper. I get excited about other stories and start on those. However, I’ve been getting better at not dropping things and seeing them through.


Mark Koopmans, Un-agented Author
Wow… well for my only ms to date, it’s been a 3.5 *year* writing process, but there were *many* anomalies. I hope to finish WIP#2 by this October (I started this week) so we’ll see!

Eileen Cook, Published Author
Each book is a bit different, some stories come easier than others. I can typically write a draft in a four or five months, but then it may take me just as long to edit it to a point where I would want anyone else to see it.


Kelley Lynn, Published Author
Hmm, writing the first draft is not long for me. Other than my first book (which took me over two years to write with multiple month droughts) it takes me about a month to finish the first draft of a book. Of course its crap so there’s a bunch of editing and once my CPs get their pretty little hands on it, it finally becomes pretty 🙂

Lara Schiffbauer, Published Author
The one book I’ve written took me a year to write the first draft. However, since I edited as I went, I didn’t have to rewrite or edit many more times following. I’m trying to “just write” on this next book, and so we’ll see if it speeds me up.

How long does it take you to write a novel?

7 Responses

  1. I can write fairly fast, when I have the time to do it. I’ve written a novel in a month, but because of things like… the kids, it usually takes longer.

    But since I write quickly, the editing takes A LONG time because there is a lot to fix. 🙂

  2. It’s really interesting how different writers are. For me it always feels really long, but I don’t thinks it’s actually that bad. Six to nine months typically for a manuscript start to finish, including edits. I think the writing process is just so consuming it feels like everything while writing.

  3. If the story has been in my head a long time (like St. Peter in Chains was), I can hammer out a draft pretty quickly. (That one took three weeks.) The K-Pro took two years. But it’s also a lot longer. Also, I take a lot of time with my first drafts, so my editing process is not so long.

  4. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who can take years on one draft. Even my poetry sometimes takes a long time (at least I think so).

  5. Rachel Schieffelbein

    It’s always interesting getting a clue into other people’s processes. For me it just depends on the book, I think.

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