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?


Stephanie Faris
My word counts are always much less, but if I were to write a 70,000-word novel, it would take two or three months. If I put my day job (freelance writing) aside and just wrote fiction, I could finish it in less than two months but few writers get to write fiction 40 hours a week!

Tanya Reimer
Just writing? Writing for me is split into several processes. The first is the actual vomiting out of the basic storyline. It doesn’t take long. A few weeks and is about half the size of the finished work (30k). The second is a rewriting and workbooking stage. This usually brings the book to double its size (70-80k) adding in much of the detail I tend to overlook in my excitement. This could take up to a year, as I have to let it sit at various points, however I do have books still in this stage after ten years. It takes what it takes.


Trisha Leaver
This is a tough questions because it depends on the WIP. THE SECRETS WE KEEP took me approximately eight weeks to write. I was in a good writing spot and my muse was cooperating with me. However, other WIP’s have taken me upwards of six months to even hack out a readable first draft, not to mention the time it take to revise those beasts.


Danielle Bertrand
Oh geez… I am the worst person to answer this question. My writing process… squirrel!
I’m horrible, let’s just say I have a problem focusing on one concept when I have a whole tribe of characters and plot lines vying for my attention in the back of my mind. However, if I was serious and could focus without a fulltime job, kids, husband, activities, I’m sure I could knock a 70,000 word out in a few weeks.


Jackie Felger
This is a hard question for me, because each manuscript is different, and I tend to edit as I go, though, I’ve been trying not to do that as much. I’d say anywhere from three to six months, depending on how much fuss I make with the editing as I go.


J.A. Bennett
I used to write super fast, but as my kids get older, the responsibilities multiply so it takes longer. I’d say about three months.


Does it take you a long time to write a novel?

8 Responses

  1. For me the shortest was about a month, but that’s unlikely now. Mostly because that was when I first started writing. Before I was involved in the blogging world, before I knew other writers. And now I have projects I’m writing and editing. So I used to writer faster, and probably could now, but there’s too many other things built in there that slow me down.

  2. Depends on the book and what else is going on in my world. Writing is my full-time job, but I do also have three kids and lots of chores and errands to contend with. And I’m a procrastinator. I try to make myself write at least 250 words per day (I keep an Excel spreadsheet), but it means a book takes a long time to write! Then again, when it’s flowing, I can easily write more at a time. I finished St. Peter in Chains in three weeks. That’s just a novella, but still, it just flowed. Then it took me forever to write the other two parts. About three years for all of it to come together (after edits and revisions).

  3. Oh yes… And SLAP!!! Kidding!!! I’m gonna Truley miss not getting to see you at storymakers either!!! Dang motorcycle!!! But I’m crossing fingers and arm hairs for next year!! Please tell me it’s a date? HAHA

  4. I chuckle at this question because I’m with J.A. Bennett. If kids would just take care of themselves, I could write like a mad woman.

    I love Tanya’s approach. Super awesome. I need to try that.

  5. When I hear people say “It takes me a year to write a novel,” I wonder how much of that year they spent procrastinating! It’s hard to measure it in terms of months/years because it all depends how many hours a day you have to devote to writing.

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