How long did it take you to write it?

Have quoted you! Thinking is really under-rated 😉

Seasons of Skorn, shadows of the seas: in search of time

This is the second most common question people ask me when I mention I’ve just published a book. (I’m not dealing with, ‘What’s it about?’ My standard answer ‘It’s not about anything, it’s fiction,’ seems to annoy people for some reason.)

This second question is very hard to answer.  ‘I started it thirty years ago’ is not, of course, in any way the same as ‘It’s taken me thirty years to write it.’  Equally, ‘I started it six months ago,’ has no implications for how long it’s taken to ‘write.’

During those thirty years, or during a period of whatever duration before commencing the six-month write-up, there won’t have been any of this;

It’s not impossible that there will have been some of this – it does happen;

Lots of this of course;

and enormous amounts of this;

However, these processes can’t necessarily go on all day every day for…

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2 thoughts on “How long did it take you to write it?

  1. I hate that question too about how long it took me to write my book. First, why does this matter? As NANO writers can attest, a book can be written ina month. My book took 30 years to become a book due to circumstances beyond my control, but the actual writing was done in about six months, including editing and final proof.Does anybody care??

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