The answer always varies. It all depends on what you’re writing, your commitment to writing and a lot of other things.
My first novel took a few years to write, for many different reasons. After I came up with the idea, I started writing it little by little. The original version was actually a novella. I sent out queries to Literary Agents and got the attention of one in L.A., who requested for my full manuscript. About a month after I sent it out, I received a letter from the agent saying how much she loved the story and the characters, but unfortunately, there is no market for novellas.
I was thankful she gave me as much feedback as she did because that pushed me to rewrite my book and turn it into a novel. It took me a while to do it because of many distractions. Through it all, I squeezed in a few months here and there and did what I could to finish writing it. The whole process was stressful, fun and challenging. It taught me a lot about being a better writer. As I rewrote it, I realized how much more I had to say. There were more dialogues to be said and more chapters to be written. It felt more complete when I was done. My book was never meant to be a novella, it was always meant to be a novel.
In anything we do, there will always be distractions. The key is to not be distracted. Live life and party, but make time to work towards our goals. It’s easy to make excuses, but it won’t get us anywhere.
On that note, I’m challenging myself. I will make a commitment and write the first draft of my next book in 100 days. I’m not doing it to rush it. I’m simply setting a deadline—something I didn’t do last time.
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