The Question of the Week is posted every Sunday and will consist of a question followed by my answer and explanation to the same. Some questions will only require a simple answer that could potentially be followed by an explanation. Many questions will be writer oriented, but not all. Everyone is encouraged to answer in the comments and discussions/follow up questions are more than welcome!
How long does it take you to finish and edit a novel? What is your average word count?
Finishing a novel from start to finish is usually a two year job. This also includes a fairly thorough edit as I do it as I go along (maybe I’ll post a question asking about writing process, and if so I’ll explain mine). Since my original novel still remains unpublished I have more editing to do on that though. Hoping to get to that before the end of this year.
Northern Lights followed the two year pattern and The Broken Rose is coming up on a year and I’m hoping it will only take a few months to edit. Fanfiction is a bit different though since there are no gatekeepers per se for that.
I have never written a novel that’s been less than 100k words. The average is around 150k.
How long does it normally take you to finish a novel? Does that include editing? What’s your average word count?
I look forward to your answers in the comments!