How long does it take to write a novel?

Among the (online) writing communities that I frequent I see this question asked time and again. New writers wonder just how long does it take to write a full novel? What even qualifies as a novel? Industry standard generally dictates that a novel must be 50,000 words or more, but the issue of timing isContinue reading “How long does it take to write a novel?”

80,000 words and done?

Today I hit my novel completion goal of 80k words. On February 6th of this year, I thought I had finished my first draft only to find that I was about 30,000 words below the industry standard for Historical Fiction and only slightly larger than a novella. Around this time, I started tweeting profusely andContinue reading “80,000 words and done?”

50,000 words and counting…

Yesterday I reached my first goal of 50,000 words in my work in progress. Personally, this is a huge accomplishment for me so I was really excited! I told my husband, posted an update on Twitter, and had a celebratory cup of coffee. My husband, who seemed pleased for me, said “Is that what youContinue reading “50,000 words and counting…”