A First Draft in Three Months?
This week in writing class we discussed Stephen King’s top 20 rules for writers.
There is no question that Stephen King is a brilliant and prolific writer as well as a gifted instructor – his book on writing, recommended reading for any one wishing to refine their craft. However, I do question his advice that the first draft of a book – even a long one – should take no more than three months.
This to me seems an unreasonable expectation.
Granted, I have only written one full length novel, but I can say from personal experience, that it not only took me more than three months to write but I was also often putting in eight to ten hours a day on it and that was having already drafted the first 100 pages.
What do you think? Can you write a first draft in three months?
Until tomorrow – Write On!
~ K.L. Parry
Stephen King’s top 20 rules for writers. 10. You have three months. “The first draft of a book—even a long one—should take no more than three months, the length of a season.”