Not too long ago I was asked how long it took me to write my first book. Looking back on my the first blog post and the novel word document about Feet or Fins it shows the date to be Oct 2013 and I subsequently published the story in May/June. That is about 19 months. Which I think is pretty good seeing as though some people takes years or even decades to complete a book. Though that time doesn’t include what I spent on the first draft. But I think that when I finally got into thw swing of writing I completeded it in a few months. I expect my next book to be quicker becuase I have more of an idea of what I am doing and it isn’t as long. Plus it is a Young Adult novel, which to me, feels like an easier genre to complete.
I’ve just started my 2nd edit of Feet or Fins. It took me a while to start it because I had to finish from uni assignments. But now they are done and I’ve just reached chapter 2.
Sometimes I think that I won’t be able to gauge how good my editing is because I haven’t had anyone read it yet and they haven’t given me their input. I’ve only recently realized how important it is. In fact I can now kind of understand why some books can take a year to be published once a publishing house picks them up.
At uni I had an editing class where one of the assignments was to collaborate with another student so we could edit their work. It has really opened my eyes at the amount of work that goes into it. He has picked up things that I’ve never thought about either.
While there have been times where I’ve been frustrated with how long editing can take, especially when my brain decides to abandon me, it only gets done when I push myself. But I like the feeling I get when I look at my novel and know that it is getting better.