Friday, May 24, 2013

Donna Hosie Reveals - How Long Does it Take to Write a Book?

Today I welcome Donna Hosie, whose third book, THE SPIRIT OF NIMUE, comes out next Friday.


“How long does it take to write a book?”

I was asked that question in the lift today at work. I’m always asked that question! It’s a question that is filed away along with “How high can my shoes get before I break my neck?” and “How much chocolate can I consume before I combust?”

An author can’t answer it, because every writer and every manuscript is different.

I started writing THE RETURN TO CAMELOT trilogy over three years ago, but at first, it was only ever a standalone novel. That first book, SEARCHING FOR ARTHUR, took 18 months to write and revise before it was ready for publication. It was a labour of love from start to finish. I started working on the sequel, THE FIRE OF MERLIN, during the revision process for book one, and although the process was easier, it still took 9 months. Ironically, working on two books simultaneously was incredibly helpful in progressing the plot, and I often found myself wondering if that was luck, or whether other writers find that?

The easiest book in the trilogy to complete was the new release, THE SPIRIT OF NIMUE. This beauty damn near wrote itself as I suffered an extreme form of word vomit! Twenty weeks and it was done.

And then I cried.

Writing THE END was a very emotional experience. One that only other writers will get. Three years it took to write these three books. In my personal timeline, in the last three years I have gone back to work after staying at home to raise my family; I have been promoted;
I have travelled to New Zealand, the UK, and the US; and I have gained a New York agent. And these accomplishments don’t include the wonderful family milestones I have had, such as seeing my daughter graduate High School, seeing my middle son grow taller than me, and seeing my youngest blossom into the funniest kid I know.

“How long does it take to write a book?”

Three years, baby. And it was worth every second.

- Donna Hoise

THE SPIRIT OF NIMUE is the conclusion of the Return to Camelot trilogy and releases May 31, 2013.

Find the first two books here:
Searching For Arthur
The Fire of Merlin

Find Donna:
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Facebook
Goodreads

Don’t forget the Get Healthy Bloghop is Wednesday, May 29th!

I was also interviewed by the lovely Ella, who wanted to feature some of my photography on the poetry site, With Real Toads. In addition, she wrote two beautiful poems to go with my images at her SITE.

45 comments:

  1. 3 years, 3 books? And still able to live a life? That is awesome!

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  2. Wow--that's really impressive! And her books sound intriguing...looks like I have more to add to the old reading list :D

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  3. AnonymousMay 24, 2013

    CONGRATS to Donna. Three books in three years is AWESOME!

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  4. I second Karen - three books in three years blows my mind!

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  5. Congrats, Donna! One of many strange questions writers get asked. :)

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  6. AnonymousMay 24, 2013

    I suppose it's different writing poetry to novels but even poetry boks takes a while, one has to have the inspiration for a poem or an experienece to write about.

    Yvonne.

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  7. Word vomit? LOL! Wouldn't mind getting afflicted with that bug.

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  8. Hi, Diane & Donna,

    Hope the book does well when released.

    I find that completion time for each book varies according to how fast the story comes to me.

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  9. That's incredible! Every book is different and each one will take as long as it takes.

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

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  10. Wonderful! 3 books in 3 years, and lots of life too!!! Congrats Donna!

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  11. Beautiful covers and congrats on getting a NY agent!

    Books take as long as they take, but I've had a few that just flowed and as you say just about wrote themself. I wish they were all that easy. :-)

    Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

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  12. Great post! How wonderful to read about such an awesome accomplishment. Brag on Donna, you deserve it. :)

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  13. Focus is the best solution for finishing a book. It can be difficult perhaps for those who have jobs, families, and other life distractions. The "git 'er done" approach is what needs to happen and, Donna, you've done it successfully.

    Lee
    Wrote By Rote

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  14. Everyone is different. Congrats on the series.

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  15. Karen, I've done it, but without the life.

    Sia, I've had a few fly and and few drag.

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  16. Those covers look really good. I like the sound of 3 years. My first year was all stumbling in the dark. My second has been trial and error, writing far more complicated material. Hopefully within the year, I, too, will score a NY agent!

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  17. What a great post! You have your priorities in order.

    Waving to Diane!

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  18. Being able to write so fast is awesome! I really liked the covers.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  19. Thanks a million for hosting, Diane.

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  20. Three books in three years is amazing.

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  21. It took about 2 years for me to write my first trilogy; and I'm still revising and editing.

    .....dhole

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  22. So true! Each manuscript is definitely a different experience. :)

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  23. A book a year is pretty good. Lots of fantasy authors take much longer. Look at George RR Martin. I'm hoping to be able to write quicker when I retire in two weeks!

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  24. Hi Diane and hi Donna,

    Wow, that's quite the commitment. Three years for the trilogy. Well done to you. I'm now heading to Tintagel Castle to talk to Merlin.

    Gary

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  25. Excellent. Tweeted and shared.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

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  26. A book a year. That sounds about right :) Congratulations!!

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  27. And sometimes it takes even longer. Certain stories just need more time.

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  28. Congratulations to Donna. That's impressive. I agree that most authors can't answer the question of how long it takes to write a book. It's different each time.

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  29. Artists sometimes get that feeling too. My second painting, I was so focused on the detail, when I looked at the big picture, I cried.

    Congrats on book 3.

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  30. Three books in three years? Totally impressive!

    Writer In Transit

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  31. That's darned quick to me to write three books. Good for her! May they continue to grow in success. Writer’s Mark

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  32. Donna, you are welcome.

    Johanna, I managed that pace once, many years ago...

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  33. That is good going, a book a year. I wish all authors were able to achieve that speed when they write trilogies.

    JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

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  34. Diane!
    I so enjoyed getting to know you and seeing how gifted you truly are~ Thank you!
    ATB @>--------

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  35. A book a year is doable -- as long as you don't get sidetracked by short stories and poetry and social media.
    In Medias Res

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  36. Try this answer: Most people spend their whole lives writing their first book, and then they die before they finish.

    In reality most professional writers target 1-2 books per year. That's my target, and 6-12 months is a good guess at first-drafting a novel.

    - Eric

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  37. Congratulations Donna! Sounds great!

    All the best!

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  38. Three years is how long it took me to complete my last manuscript, too! It must be the magic number!

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  39. Jo, I cranked out my five book series as fast as I could, and I was writing one a year. It's difficult to maintain that pace though.

    Thanks again so much, Ella.

    Milo, or promoting.

    Eric, I hit that pace for a while. And then it was crash and burn.

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  40. I'm impressed! Thanks for sharing this part of your journey with us.

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  41. That's really good. Took me almost six to finish one. ;-)

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  42. I just know it was worth it! Good for you and congratulations on the release next Friday!

    Jai

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  43. such a great series! glad she went thru and stuck with it!

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  44. Wow, Donna,

    That is very impressive! Your perseverance really paid off!

    ALL the best...

    Hi, L. Diane,

    Hope you had an awesome weekend. Hopping over to Ella's to check out your pics.

    Looking forward to our blog hop tomorrow!

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  45. AnonymousMay 28, 2013

    That's amazing productivity and drive.

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