THWT Question for 19 FEB 2019

Here is the Two Hundred Word Tuesday question for today:

How long does it take you to write a book?

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  1. I once forgot a deadline after I had a surgery and then wrote a Harlequin Historical in 19 days. I had it plotted and started, but the actually writing I did in that time. I did nothing else for those three weeks — ate at my desk, slept only a few hours a night. I wouldn’t recommend it.

  2. One novel took only a year from when pen was first put to paper for the storyboard. Another took five years to be written, then a few more years to get a publisher to accept it. I tried NaNoWriMo one year to see if that helped. Between the storyboard and actual edited draft, I reached the 50K goal. However, life soon intervened and six months later, only six chapters have been completed.

    A sidenote – I write fantasy so the novels are usually 90K and involve substantial world-building.

  3. It depends on how distracted I am.

    I wrote the first draft of my Debut “The Witch of the Prophecy” for NaNoWriMo 2017. So that took 30 days. It was published on Dec 4, 2018. I did 7 revisions with the help of editors. So I guess a year.

    The sequel has been submitted to the first round of editors (after my personal edits) and I’m hoping to get it out by June 2019.

    The third book, which is the final of the series, I’m still writing. But due to my focus on marketing and learning that, I’ve been a bit distracted. I’m hoping to get that all set up for release Dec 2019.

    I love my book babies and I will miss my characters when they’re done sharing their stories with me.

  4. It depends on how distracted I am. I wrote th first draft of my debut novel “The Witch of the Prophecy” in 30 days for NaNoWriMo 2017. However, it. Didn’t get published until Dec 4, 2018. That was after 7 revisions. So I guess a year? By that time line?

    The sequel has been submitted for the first round of edits with an editor so that timeline may be shorter. I’m also working on completing the 3rd and final installment in the series. But that is taking longer because I’m highly distracted by trying to learn marketing.

    But I love my book babies and I love these characters. I’ll miss them when they’re done telling me their stories

  5. Hello! For me, how long it takes to write a novel depends on the length of the book, if I’m writing to meet a particular deadline, and whether I’m working on other projects at the same time. Family commitments, such as health emergencies, can also affect how long it takes to complete a project. The last full length novel I wrote took about two months for me to complete the first draft. It’s around 107,000-words. The fastest I ever wrote a novel was 1 week. It was 50,000-words, but I’ve also had novels take years to write because I put them aside to work on other things (usually novellas) and went back to them later. If I’m completely focused on just that story, my average to write the first draft of a novel is about two months.

    • Ronna Gage on February 19, 2019 at 10:08 am
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    It depends on if I takecontrol over the book’s premise or let my imagination go and run wild. Usually about 3 months to make a first draft, one month to edit and tweak to publisher’s perfection. (This is on a controlled writing book,)

    Here lately, I’ve beenletting my imaginatio run wild, so the book I wrote for NaNoWriMo this past year; Spencer House: A Gift of Love is being tweaked and reedited twice now.

    Ronna Gage
    Have a Great day and an even SEXIER night.

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