At the beginning of summer break I was on Facebook chatting with Karice Bolton, author of The Watchers Trilogy and The Witch Avenue series, and posed this question to her. She thought it took her about six weeks, give or take, because she liked to have breaks, but that it isn’t unusual for the first draft to take three to six months (whew…there is hope for me yet).
Being a scientist, kind of, I set out to find the answer knowing there would be unaccounted for variables, but what the heck, my Scottish blood wanted to meet the challenge. So I cooped myself in my home office this summer to write thinking it would be a perfect use of time during the scorching heat. But, alas, life happens: children move home, family events take place, someone requires assistance… My time was too broken and my goal of 1000-2000 words a day dwindled to 500 and at times, to zero.
In the time I was able to write, I completed 49 typed pages, or nearly 20,000words. FYI: in the average book each page contains about 250 words, which would make me at about 80 book pages. I’ve also discovered that this story is firmly in my head, but that I need absolute quiet to be able to visit the world I’ve created and see what the inhabitants are up to.
In other words, I’m one of those writers who agonize for months creating a master piece. Considering this book will probably have 50,000 words, I’m about one third of the way to my goal. With two and a half weeks left before heading back to set up the classroom, my goal of finishing this book before then is unrealistic, but maybe another 15,000 words are possible?
I’ll keep you posted.