Why Does It Take So Long to Write a Book?

This post from the Novelty Revisions blog that poses the question, Why Does It Take So Long to Write a Book?

Meg Dowell Writes

The second you get an idea for a story, you wish it could simply write itself.

No matter how much we love to write, we’ve all had this thought more than once. Because it would just be so much … easier … if we could snap our fingers and have a finished, polished, totally publishable novel in a matter of seconds.

After all, that’s how it seems to work from the outside looking in. An author mentions they’re working on a book, and the next thing you know, it has a release date and you can pre-order it from Barnes & Noble.

But that’s not how it really goes. You know this. It’s just easy to forget, in those moments you’re sitting in front of your imperfect draft wondering if continuing is even worth it.

Many of you reading this now have a pretty good idea of the typical steps…

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