A First Draft in Three Months?

by klparry

Hello Friends!

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.”