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Re: How long does it take YOU to write a short story?

Postby James A. Ritchie » Tue Nov 05, 2013 1:06 pm

Funny, but every short story I've sold for $800 or more took five hours or less to go from initial idea to submission stage. The stories I never managed to sell anywhere generally took from four days to a week to write. One took two weeks, but that hasn't happened since. Four days is unusual for me, and a week is extremely rare. If it takes more than four days, I probably won't sell it.

The first short story I wrote sold to Far West Magazine. It took two days, or about twelve to fourteen hours from start to submission, and was, I don't know, somewhere around 7,000 words, I think. That one seemed to set the tone.

I'd say ninety percent of the stories I've sold took two days, or roughly twelve hours, to write.

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Re: How long does it take YOU to write a short story?

Postby mammamaia » Tue Nov 05, 2013 1:22 pm

back in my old life, when i wrote short stories, i never kept track of how long it took to write them... or anything, for that matter... and i still don't time my writing, or keep track of how many words i write per hour/day/whatever, as i think consider it an exercise in futility and have to assume it inhibits creativity in some, at least...

that said, i don't think it ever took more than a couple of days to knock out a longish one [over 5k], probably took only a few hours for the shorter ones, from start to polished final draft...
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Re: How long does it take YOU to write a short story?

Postby Metilda » Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:58 pm

On average - my short stories are 5,000 - 9,000 words. If I have the idea completely worked out in my head, and have a fair amount of energy, I can sit and write it out in one day.

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Re: How long does it take YOU to write a short story?

Postby AibreanShowers » Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:02 pm

Metilda, I hope one day to get to that point, going to have to sharpen a lot of pencils in the meantime.

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Re: How long does it take YOU to write a short story?

Postby FallenAnya » Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:43 am

Hi,

For sharing, it takes me about a week if I'm so into it and if time permits. But since my job is a bit demanding, it usually takes more than 2 weeks. :oops:
Also, it depends on the language that I'm using when writing.

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Postby LossOfControl » Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:13 pm

I've only ever written one short story. It was for my AS-level English Language coursework.
It took weeks because every time I handed it in, my teacher found something new to correct. It was worth it in the end because I got a good mark.

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Re: How long does it take YOU to write a short story?

Postby kamalayka » Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:12 pm

It takes as long as it takes.

And who cares if takes weeks or months to write one story? Would you rather be known as the guy who wrote awesone stories, or the guy who wrote "a lot"?




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