How long does it take to write a book, including revisions?
“What? You wrote a novel in one year? That’s crazy, it takes years to write a novel.” This was a friend’s response when I gave her the news. At the time, I thought she was really off base. Years? What was she thinking?
But here we are, a century later, and I’m still revising, rewriting, and rethinking my manuscript. Well, it hasn’t been exactly a century, but it feels like it. It’s a little less than that—let’s make that seven years later. So I’m the unwitting proof of my friend’s hypothesis.
Writing my novel has been a slow and steady labor of love. It must be the longest labor ever experienced by any woman who ever roamed this planet. I’m hoping for the day when this baby is finished gestating!
Fellow WRITERS, how about you? How long have you been working on the same project? If you’ve completed your book and its revisions, how long did it take?
Fellow READERS, when you’re deep into a great read, do you ever wonder how long it took the author to write that book?
Online and in magazines for writers, I’ve seen trillions of articles, businesses, books, and other opportunities that practically guarantee writing success in its many forms. I started a search to find the remedy to my snail’s pace and lack of progress in snagging an agent. Reading the titles, I became rapturously encouraged and giddy with hope that I had found my manuscript’s deliverance. Yes, with these resources and a few months of installment payments, I could be published! No doubt. Can you say: SUCCESS?
I’d like to share my findings with you, but to protect the innocent, I’m only offering titles in these lists. (You’re welcome to Google, too. Remember, “God helps those who help themselves.”) I’ll also share my comments and questions, FYI. Have fun!
My List of Sure-Fire Paths to Publication
On writing a best seller…
How To Write A Bestseller In 40 Days Or Less
How To Write A Bestseller In A Weekend
Well, I’ll be…did I waste eight years of writing? Dang.
On writing just plain successful novels…
How To Write A Successful Novel
How To Write Successful Nonfiction
I get it now— successful books take longer to write than best sellers.
The Secret To Writing A Bestselling Novel ~ Tell me! Tell me!
Are they really SECRETS if they’re all over the internet?
On learning how to write…
The Best Writing Instruction On The Web – New Workshops Start Weekly
How To Add Tension In Your Scenes ~ Eh, I’ve got plenty of tension already.
Top Ten Errors Writers Make That Editors Hate ~ Yeah, but if writers didn’t make errors, would editors still have jobs?
On getting started…
Get An Agent With Your First 10 Pages
Eight Things First-Time Novelists Need To Avoid
How about eight things first-time novelists need to DO?
On the subject of query letters…
How To Write A Killer Query
How Not To Write A Killer Query
Huh? But I don’t want to KILL an agent!
The Holy Grail, better known as getting published…
Learn How To Write And Publish Your Memoir In 10 Painless Steps! ~ Ibuprofen?
Write And Sell Your Mystery, Suspense, Or Thriller Novel For Any Market
How To Get Your Book Published In Six Painful Steps — Ouch.
How To Get Your Nonfiction Book Published By A Mainstream Publisher
Step By Step Guide To Publishing Your Novel
How To Get Your Book Published – For Dummies ~Yada yada, I want to know how THIS dummy gets published!
On your writing career…
Get Paid For Your Writing ~ Ya think?
Write For Publication! ~ Duh, what else would I do with it? Stock the OUTHOUSE?
Enhance Your Writing Career In 3 Months
How To Be A Ghostwriter ~ Do I have to be dead to be a ghostwriter?
Before you give up…
It’s Time To Finally Get Published
Publish Your Book Today!
Piece of cake…eh?
© Susanne Marie Poulette