How Long Does it Take To Write a Book?
How Long Does it Take To Write a Book?

Many people sooner or later come to the point where they want to write a book. They have an idea or some special experience that they want to share with the world, but writing a book is so much more than “just an idea”. Writing a book demands a lot of hard work, a lot of sleepless nights until you’re satisfied with the final edition and ready to publish it. How long does it take to write a book on average?

It is pretty much impossible to give the exact amount of time required to write a book. The writing period differs from author to author, depending on the idea, writing style, and many other factors. Most published authors say that they needed about 180 days or 6 months (more or less) to finish their writings. We would say that you can write a book for 4 to 8 months, but many authors did it faster, while for many it took years to finish their writings.

The average time needed for writing a book is affected by many factors, such as the genre of the book, how fast the author types, how much time during a day does he writes (and does he write every day of the week) and how many editing revisions does the book need.

Most writers write 500 to 1000 words in one session – words that they are satisfied with. 500 words equal about a page and a half. If writers do one session per day, they will need 100 sessions for 50.000 or 100.000 words. Still, most writers do not write every day. They have three writing sessions during the week, which prolongs the period needed for writing a book.

Can you write a book in 30 days?

Yes, you can write a book in 30 days. It maybe won’t be “Anna Karenina” but it will be a decent novel or book with poems. If you write 1000 words when you’re inspired, you should write 100.000 words novel in 100 days (3 months). Hundred hours of writing during 30 days means that you’ll have to write for about 3 and a half hours every day. Voila, your book will be over in 30 days if you can engage this much.

You can write a book in 30 days
You can write a book in 30 days (shutterstock.com)

How long does it take to write and publish a book?

We saw how long does it take to write a book, but how long will pass until you publish it? To publish a book, you’ll have to send your writings to many publishers. The one that likes it will accept to publish it. Between writing and publishing can go between 6 months and two years, so be patient. Many factors play a role in when will your book be published – including the size of the press, production schedule, negotiating about the price, etc.

How long did it take for JK Rowling to write Harry Potter?

One of the most successful (if not the most successful) writers of today, JK Rowling took 6 years to write Harry Poter! If you believe that you have your book in you, don’t give up. You don’t have to finish it in 30 days! Even if it takes 3 years, your book can be a huge success. Just don’t give up – JK Rowling didn’t and look at her now!