Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Voices of Fiction – Time to write a book – Part Five
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We continue with our discussion of how long it takes to write a book.
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Question: How long does it take you to write a book?
Joy Brooks: On average maybe four months to write. When the ideas get to flowing, I can't quit writing. I write until all my ideas are on paper. Then I start editing and that adds some time. All total including edits, maybe 8 months. I try to be real through in my editing.
Bobbi Carducci: There is no real answer for this question, in my case anyway. The book I’m currently working on has been in progress for five years. Ouch! But, it’s deeply personal and I had to deal with some heavy emotional issues as I wrote. I am back on track now and hope to have the first draft done in a few weeks. After that the editing and rewriting begin. It’s important for writers to understand that it’s better to take your time. Rewriting is as much as a part of the process as the initial writing. My book for young readers was initially written as a picture book. It was pretty awful. The rewrite was better. Then and editor suggested it be expanded for an older audience. That took about three months. The final edition is so much better than the original idea that I’m grateful I didn’t stop with the first try.
Vijaya Schartz: My first book took me three years to write, about two years for the second, and a year and a half for the third. Now, after having over twenty titles published, I can write a full length novel in five months. I try to write two full novels and one novella per year, to keep my readers engaged. The more often an author has a new book coming out, the better. You do not want your followers to have forgotten all about your last novel when the next one comes out. I guess that’s why the most popular authors are using ghost writers and co-writers, so they can produce more books.
Cindy Cromer: It depends on the book. My first novel, Desperate Measures, took me about two months. The second book Desperate Deceptions took much longer. It could be considered a sequel but I strived to write it as a stand-alone. I had to be very careful and not re-iterate the first book when introducing the characters. I also found myself over analyzing and editing each word and scene instead of writing first then editing. Onto a completely genre, I wrote a children’s book in one day.
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