How Long Does It Take to Write a Romance Novel?

February 21, 2012

The most popular search term leading visitors to this blog is: How long does it take to write a romance novel?  The flippant answer would be a long damn time. But in reality, I’ve heard of novels pumped out in a matter of days. (We’ve all heard of NaNoWriMo.) I once wrote a 65,000-word romance novel in two months, writing on average six hours per day, Monday through Friday, allowing time for re-reading and editing as the novel progressed. I also took ten years to write a romance novel, breaking from writing for months at a time as life’s demands overwhelmed me. Neither one of these novels saw publication.

The question isn’t: How long does it take to write a romance novel? The better question is: How long does it take to write a PUBLISHABLE romance novel? My answer is: I don’t know.

Every writer is different. Every story is different.

Elley

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