After 9 months of work (7 days per week, averaging about 3 hours per day), I finished draft two today!
Seeing those numbers there prompts me to do a bit of math.
…Wow. 810 hours of work.
Put that in perspective: that’s like working a fulltime 40 hour/week job for five months. Like starting on January first and working until almost June.
Speaking of which: one thing that I had no idea of when I started this project was how much WORK it would take to write a novel. I naively thought that it might an hour to write a page, hence 350 hours to write a book. And, because I was under the spell of bad advice from Robert Heinlein that one should never revise, I thought that the first draft would be about all the work I’d have to do.
Some stats on draft two:
- book 1: 114,911 words = 459 pp
- book 2: 112,324 words = 449 pp
- total: 227,235 words = 908 pp