Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Voices of Fiction - Time to write a book - Part Three
Welcome to Voices of Fiction.
We continue with our discussion of how long it takes to write a book.
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Children’s Picture Book author, Clara Bowman-Jahn, of “Annie’s Special Day” is living the life of her dreams an hour at a time. - Website, Etreasures
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Question: How long does it take you to write a book?
Terry W. Ervin II: From the moment I begin jotting outline notes and typing the first chapter, until the moment I save the final version and it’s submitted, about 18 months. Often ideas have been floating about in my head and jotted down a year or so previous to the actual writing process, so technically it could be 30 listed as months.
Vicki Batman: A book takes me a whole year. I can do several stories in one year. I'm less frustrated.
Clara Bowman-Jahn: My book, "Annie's Special Day" took approximately two years to write from idea to finished product. My second picture book took about the same time and it looks like my third will take that same amount of time. But my second genre of memoir is coming along nicely and I work on that intermittently as well. Maybe if I sat my butt down in chair every day it would be done by now.
Karenna Colcroft: It depends whether I'm aiming for a novella or a novel. I've been known to finish the first draft of a novella in a week or less, and it takes me about 2-3 days to revise to publication standards. For a full-length novel, it takes me about 3-6 weeks for the first draft, depending on how well I've plotted it and how many blocks I run into, and about a week to revise.
Nicole Zoltack: That depends on the book. One story I’ve been tinkering with for over a decade! The shortest amount of time for me to write a rough draft has been a month (I’ve done that twice). Usually it takes me about six, though.
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