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Thursday, March 18, 2010
Yes, It's a Baby
A while back, after I had just finished my first draft of Hatshepsut, a friend asked how long it took to get the whole thing on paper.
My answer? Roughly nine months of concerted writing. (The first year I only managed 100 pages and half of that was cut.)
Her response? "Wow. So writing a book is like having a baby."
Yes. In more ways than one.
Here are some mammal gestation periods with my written "baby" equivalents.
Opossum: 12 days (Creation of first draft of first chapter, most of which will inevitably be chopped.)
Cat: 63 days (Length of time it takes me to run out of my initial inspiration when starting a new book.)
Cow: 284 days (Roughly the amount of time for human gestation, approximate time necessary to finish the first draft.)
Whale: 360 days (Time required to complete enough edits to get a WIP ready for beta readers.)
Indian Elephant: 624 days (A smidge less than the time from writing the first word of the first draft to having Hatshepsut query-able.)
Now the next time someone asks why your book isn't on the shelf at Barnes and Noble, you can tell them the process of writing a book is like having a baby. An elephant baby.
(On a side note, I'm glad I'm not an elephant! Nine months of being pregnant just once was more than enough for me!)
So, what stage is your book at?
Posted by Stephanie Thornton at 9:34 PM
Labels: Randomness, writing