How to write a book
Technically speaking, most people who spend most of their time in a short time should be able to complete at least the first draft in about a year. A page is approximately 250 words long, and by writing six days a week, one page a day for 50 weeks a year, the writer will end up with a short draft of 75,000 words or 300 pages. Yesterday I just finished the third draft of A Couple Alleles, the fourth book in my Derivatives Compensation series. It was probably the hardest novel for me I have ever written. In addition, being the fourth book in the series, Pair Alleles is more complex with many plot themes to follow and pull from previous books…
My third book
But I stopped feeling guilty and inappropriate, for fear that I was not a real writer, because of the pace at which I work. If four weeks is not enough, why not write a novel in just two? The time it takes to write a novel varies by author, however the publisher usually gives the author one year to complete each novel in a series of middle class books…
During my “I have to do this” marathon, which lasted 12 hours a day, I was able to write 500 words per hour … better, but there is still room for improvement. However, it is interesting to note that, as I suspected, when I focused solely on writing, my hourly productivity increased. I felt like I was working on writing allele pairs a lot, despite my more limited hours devoting to writing.
This is a calculator that will tell you how (approximately) it will take you to complete a book or novel.
What worries me about my eight-year-old myth is that I ended up giving people the wrong idea of what it takes to complete a book. In fact, during these eight years I have completed not a novel, but a whole series of things. I may have just published this book and a few short stories, but these publications were based on other invisible successes. In other words, to write a book, you may have to write many books – the lesson that covered my eight-year-old myth. It is not easy to take writing as a long game. I still object to how life can sabotage my writing time, and I still find it hard to find a better path in history..
I counted 1000 words a day on most days in the first phase of the draft, and yet it took me 135 days to write my 120,000 words, so I should not have typed it every day. I was also able to count my words per hour to be around 336 for the first phase of the draft. Thus, according to conservative estimates, it took me 476 hours to complete the Paired Alleles, of which 357 hours was the first draft, 85 hours was the second draft and 34 hours was the third draft. During the book tour of my debut novel Portrait of Sebastian Khan, I used to tell people that it took me eight years to write the novel…
Obviously, at 336 words per hour, I did not achieve this goal. But since I trace these things to my work, why not trace them to my writing work? I doubt I will ever be able to get 5000 words per hour, but maybe I can reach 1000 words per hour.
Choose the book type, genre and audience according to the number of words and the total number of pages
The first draft can be completed in about 12 weeks, however if you include editing time, most books will be finished in eight months. Just write down how many words you write on average per day and how long your last book should be. Increase the number of drafts and remember that there will be a certain number of days when you can not or do not want to work on your text. Chris Fox is an avid proponent of tracking your words hourly to analyze your productivity and work constantly to improve your results. His book is called “5000 words per hour”, and that is how many words he writes per hour..