Creative endeavors involve a LOT of time. Time that the ‘end consumer’ (aka enjoyer) never, ever sees. (And time that is often without compensation, but that’s a post for a different day.)
The person watching a band or enjoying a song on the radio (or iPod) experiences only a few minutes or hours of polished music – NOT the hours of practice to get it that way. The play attendee or movie goer doesn’t realize how many hours of memorization and rehearsals the actors put in.
And the book reader seldom gives thought to how much time was required to create that story and get it onto paper (or e-paper).
I’ve never stopped to figure out how many hundreds (thousands?) of hours my first two novels took. I’m also not one to get hung up on the number of words I’ve written per day or week. But I got curious, so for the past month I’ve been monitoring my writing time and comparing it to word count.
What I’ve found is that 1,000 words takes me about three hours to write. That includes visualization, character building, and actual BIC (butt-in-chair) writing time. It does NOT include research time. (Heck, for my first novel, I went all the way to Idaho and rode along with a medevac team for two days.) It does NOT include those unfortunate times when WRITERS BLOCK strikes. And it does NOT include editing time.
I have no idea if this is considered typical. As any writer will tell you, there are as many ways to write as there are writers. But it’s an interesting window into the creative process. If you are a writer, I’d love to hear how long 1,000 words takes YOU to write!