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29 Days of Writing: Day 23 - Joelle's misc
February 1st, 2011
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29 Days of Writing: Day 23

23. How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story? From planning to writing to posting (if you post your work)?

A long time! It's easier to answer by focusing on the latter part of the question first. From beginning writing a piece to posting it or making it available as .pdf usually takes a matter of weeks to a couple months for a short story, a couple of months to a quarter-year for a novella, and a year or two for a novel (leaving aside infamous Geren book 4, that is!).

The planning to posting bit, however, can be all over the place. Only one piece came into my head and was written that same day: 'A Parent's Woe.' A few were written within weeks or months of springing into my head: the Hileko stories 'Alternate' and 'Shadowe,' 'Beside the Bookcase,' 'Resurrection,' and 'The Courage of Tarlah' which I'm working on right now. Others only took a year or two between genesis and completion: 'Tongue-tied,' 'Pranks,' 'The Coming of Heruvael to Hu-Harek,' and maybe 'Insults and Arguments.' But a quick perusal of my beloved What's cooking... page will reveal that most stories 'ferment' in my head for many years before making it to paper. Some of the oldies that have gotten there are 'Wildfire' and 'Sheltering Wings' (7 years), the novella The Great Wave (8 years), 'Heritage' (10-11 years), and 'Defender' (15 years). Oldest stories still languishing on my 'What's cooking...' page include Discoveries (The Shado novella/novel) with portions at around 15 years, and the awful Hu-Havenn story (Heruvael's mate/Hileko's mother and that tragedy), at over 16 years, assuming I can ever bring myself to write something so dark and brutal.

Which is all a very long-winded way of saying that there is no 'usually' when it comes to me. Not if I have to include the planning to writing stage, that is!

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