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Are you currently writing a chapter book?
**I write too many chapter books. Have about 16 novels on the go and have only been writing for 2 years.**
How much time do you spend on writing for your book?
**I actually write/edit a chapter in a day (1-3 hours), and I try to write at least 3 chapters a week. I wrote a book in 10 days, but then edited in a few more times over the course of three months, plus a final line edit before sending it to a publisher.**
**I write all the time morning, noon and night, during my breaks at work, even when I'm sleeping. I get my best ideas sometimes from my dreams.**
**I'm trying to make a concerted effort to change. I currently have virtually no time to finish that novel I've started.**
**When I wrote my book, all in all, it took five years. But if you only count the time I actually worked on it, I'd say 6-12 months.**
**The one I am working on now, I have been on for almost one year. I am 2/3rd's finished.**
**Writing for me is always on my mind, I can honestly say that there isn't a moment in my day that I'm not jotting down new ideas and editing works that I've completed.**
**3-5 days per week is what I usually put in while working on a project, however not all of that is actual writing. I typically spend about 6-12 hours per week researching when I am working on a piece. I spend about 2-5 hours per day writing a storyline and producing characters to act out the storyline for my work. 2-4 hours a day though is spent in the actual writing of the book.**
**I try to do 2-4 hours a day and I have so many writings, I can't study on one specifically at a time. A lot of times I'll get e-mails from someone wanting more chapters from this story, rather than others. They don't even know about the ones I haven't put on the site yet.**
**Usually the writing process isn't as long as the review/editing process, simply because the second is on-going.**
How long does it take you to complete the 1st draft of a chapter?
** I figure I will go back to the novel soon, and then it will be a 2-4 hour a day project (since I work a day job too).**
**The first draft took the longest, the first three years. Then I found it again after I'd moved and finished the first draft and wrote most of the second draft. Then I put it away again. The next time I picked it up it took less than 2 months to write the next draft and probably about the same for it to be reviewed, but the final draft took less than a week.**
**I don't really know what to say. Pretty much as long as it takes.**
**I can sometimes write a chapter in a day then, I won't touch it for a week or two, maybe longer.**
**I can do as little as one a week and have been known to reel off as many as five in a day. It depends on the mood and how in depth the research was that I did.**
**I have recently been able to do at least a chapter's worth of rough draft in about 4-5 hours straight. Also was able to get a short story draft in one sitting.**
**I generally take a while to write something seriously, most practice things take a week or two unless I get writer's block.**
How much time do you spend editing your chapter draft?
**Many times I'll rewrite whole chapters or even sections of a story when I'm doing the next draft. I wrote one particular chapter 4 or 5 times before both my reviewer and myself were satisfied.**
**I spell and grammar check as I write. Once a chapter is complete I like to set it aside for a week or so while I write other parts of the book and then go back and see what I can do to make it more interesting. All in all, I spend about as much time editing as I do in writing, but I don't change a whole lot of things.**
**Can vastly depend, sometimes it needs it more than others at times. A good majority of my work though is still at the draft stage, and I'm planning to start revising them.**
**The real answer for me is less time than it took me to write the original chapter. About half the time, approximately.**
**None of my chapters are posted, and as for editing and revising, I may look at it until I see double, but I inevitably miss something.**
**It can take as little as an hour to write a chapter, course it can take a week to edit that same chapter.**
Are you currently in a writing group?
**Writing.Com is the closest thing I have to a group, but with such a diverse a field as writing, it is not very concentrated so as to improve my efforts in the specialized genre I like to work with.**
Why do you write?
** As quoted: "Writing is my sole form of expression; I can't write."**
** I really like writing. I should write more, but the problem these days is getting a good idea. I keep thinking of ideas, but none of them ever work. So when I say I'm currently working on something, I'm thinking of ideas for it.**
**When I'm writing every trouble, pain, and worry fade away, and I surrender to the worlds I create. I'm sure you can relate.**
**The chapter books I work on at home are the ones I dedicate the most time to - I intend on getting them complete and to a publisher this year. My one goal for the year! I only gained confidence in my writing this year, through this site. Being a published author is no longer just a silly dream, but a goal I will definitely reach.**
**I've been writing one year, since joining Writing.Com, I've found I enjoy writing, I hated it before.**
**I write for pleasure and the sense of accomplishment and I write to make other people happy, especially the children. Yes I hope to have my work published someday, but if I can write a story that makes someone happy when they read it, I have fulfilled my goal.**
**I luv to write, I literally smack my head at why I didn't start sooner. I only realized it 2 years ago and even then it was just tapping into something new. My love for writing just kinda crept into existence and somehow exploded into something. Being published would be heaven.**
**I am a beginner writer and I want to write a book, but I want to practice my writing more first.**
**I answered on the basis of how it would be if I were writing a novel, I am still working my way up to that goal.**
What kind of commitment have you made to your writing?
**Suffice it to say, I don't believe in forcing myself into a set schedule. I write when I can no longer not write and I write for as long as it takes.**
**I really don't have a commitment to my writing, but I don't want to say no commitment. I'd say I write when I have a good idea.**
**I tend to spend most of my time in between novel ideas, as I am now.**
**I try to write at least a chapter each week, but in between there I throw out a couple of short stories, some poetry, an article or two, and maybe even a non-fiction item, children's educational game, or other practical item besides something related to my main project.**
**My commitment to writing has been horrible in the past. Recently though I have been committing myself to write at the *least* an hour a day.**
**With kids, I carve out the time I can, but I am very committed.**
**I am hoping to get more serious about my writing soon. It's just hard with all I have to do. Plus, I tend to have a problem of starting too many novels at once, and thus get overwhelmed.**
**I write when I have time. I do try to write at least something every day.**
Do you review other people's chapter books?
** I do read and review other people's writing, if they ask or my curiosity is somehow piqued - but I don't have a lot of time to devote to it and chapter books require time.**
** "Yes in my own genre only when the story interest me and isn't excessively burdened down with poor grammar and spelling which IMO distracts too much from the story for me to want to finish reading it." **
**I'm not averse to reading chapter books, but I haven't had the time lately, unless requested. Usually, I ask the author to email it to me so I can use my WP program to make notes if they've requested a review.**
**I love to read other people's stuff, but I am not a particularly great critic. That's why I don't review my own stuff.**
**I wouldn't say in my own genre only, although that's usually what draws me in. It depends on how much time I have and how much the first chapter interest me and if I have the attention span for something that long at that moment.**
**I actually read chapter books in any genre but not all the time. Sometimes, it's because they ask me, and other times its because I felt like it. I prefer to read short stories when I'm here though rather than chapter books.**
**I don't generally read chapter books here, nor do I post my own, just because of time limitations.**
**When I have time to read thoroughly enough to review.**
**I read chapter books that others have written or are writing. I like to edit. It gives me a chance to look at someone else's work for a while, work I am not personally involved in. After that, I am able to look at my own work with a more critical eye, finding errors and ways to rewrite things that I may have missed before. At Stories I usually wait until someone is asking for an edit before I jump in and give them the whole full-blown edit.**
**Sometimes I feel like I have a hundred things to do. But I do try to find time to read actual chapter books and take the time to review them. If I read something I will definitely review.**
**All the time, when I have time.**
**I do this as much as I can but again sometimes there are time restraints. When I get a reading request I do try to accomplish it for them as soon as I can.**
Just some straight up advice:
**I have written a novel in 30 days. It can be done, if you anticipate spending the next month or two editing. This particular effort won't ever see the light of day - my goal was to finally have that "trunk novel" other writer friends are always talking about having. Now I have one, I can move on to more serious efforts.**
**What can be done and what realistically ought to be done - you can write a 50,000 (or even 100,000) word novel in 30 days, but it will very likely be crap. I now think 4 months is a realistic estimate, if you commit at least a couple of hours a day (or equivalent) to it.**
**In a course I took, I saw some great advice. Basically, if you can write a page a day you can have a good-sized novel in a year. If you can do a chapter a week, you can have a decent novel in less than a year.**
And on a final note:
I would like to thank the many authors on this site that took the time out of their busy schedules and shared their writing habits with not only me but all who read this article.
Todayís idea could very well be tomorrows best seller.
Happy Writing :)
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