As someone who is currently attempting to write their first novel, I can't stop thinking about how long this process might take. The blank page is scary! I asked some inspirational authors how long it took them to write their first book. The variations between answers may surprise you...
Cally Taylor- It took me just under 4 months to write the first draft then another 6 months or so to edit it.
Lorraine Wilson- about 3 months for the first chalet girl novella, a lot longer for a full length because I had a brain injury mid book!
Lucy Dillon- Er, about five months? It is the re-writing, re-writing and editing that take the extra time!
Rowan Coleman- About nine months, delivered just before my first child!
Sara Sheridan- 14 weeks.
Kat French- Undertaking Love took about eight months I think.
Miranda Dickinson- I was writing it for fun over seven years and then when it was signed by Avon I spent another eight months editing it.
Rebecca Raisin- 2 months to write and about six months to rewrite!
Louise Douglas- The first took about six months working in the evenings. It was the quickest!
Mandy Baggot- About a year.
Let's just say that these responses have really encouraged me and I am realising that it really is a 'how long is a piece of string?' type question!