Examples of novels, their lengths (word count), and the time taken to write:
Title Word Count (1,000s) Years to Write The Thorn Birds 226 5 The Hobbit 95 7 War and Peace 587 7 The Name of the Wind 255 10 Catch-22 174 15 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 109 15 Les Miserables 530 17
It has taken me a little over 4 years to write 720,000 words (broken into 4 volumes and comprising Book One of a serialized novel).
I am more than half way through the rewrite of the first volume (250,000 words).
I’m exhausted. Patience please. It’s coming … I promise.