How Much Time Does It Take To Write A Book?

There have been a few too many webinars recently on how to write a book in one weekend. Alternatively, it might take up to two weeks. A “very long period” of 3 months is required to write and polish a book on a profound topic, “part-time,” of course, in between your actual employment and personal life.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a good writer or not, according to these fast-writing evangelists. You may hire an editor, a coach, or a ghostwriter to help you with it.

Because of the attitude, it conveys. Yuck. The housekeeping crew can clean up the required mess, just as they can with writing.

Writing a book might provide you a boost in your work life, according to some. Trust us, your professional life necessitates it.

You may also share your life’s work with the reading public if you have decent or exceptional ideas or a body of work you’d want to share. We may be able to, too. But do we really need it right now? Is it really necessary for you to write a book in two weeks and boost your career?

Originality matters

There are, however, many who believe that in order to write a nonfiction book, the author does not need to have original thoughts. You don’t even have to come up with the questions for the interviewees if you hire them to write their own interview on your topic – that way, you don’t even have to come up with any questions at all. Brilliant. You may go forward in your job by taking use of the knowledge of others.

If you were to write a book of your own or include other experts’ views, I’m not suggesting that we wouldn’t profit from it. I’m sure we’d be able to work something out. Have. I intend to keep doing this.

But why is it necessary to cram into a significant book the work you’ve spent decades honing and developing into just a weekend or three months?


What if the book about your life’s work truly takes six months to write? The Muses forbid. a year’s time. Two years have passed since that time. Gulp. More than a decade. The process of writing or working with a writing coach might be tedious, but what if you could genuinely breathe and relish it? Or, despite your worries, go through with it?

Instead of “getting it out as soon as you can,” what if the goal of writing is to make money rather than to express oneself as quickly as possible? Even if you are not mainly a writer but an expert, teacher, coach, or speaker, you still need to be a good writer.

It’s possible to squander valuable time by daydreaming, imagining, and squinting at the sky, but what would happen if you did nothing but wait for the words to flow through you, face the stillness and let it envelop you, expose yourself to the muse, and let the writing to flow through you? What if you let the process to carry and change you?

The creative process

What may happen is that the book that came out of you could be about art and timelessness and rhythm, and that it might bring out fresh ideas, tales, meaning, awareness that flash forth in those combinations of words, language, and characters that excite, thrill, dive deep into the heart and soul. Melody from the writer’s voice, the music of written words, their patterns, sensory explosions and joys, as well as poetry may be heard by you. Any thoughts or concepts regarding speed have nothing to do with writing in this manner.

It’s a question I have for those of you who have given in to the allure of “quick penning” your life’s work or your inspired novel idea in a week or a month. What have you lost? What have you sacrificed? When you’re a writer, you’re always conjuring spells and demons to get the job done faster.

Is it worth the effort? Will this be important to be a good writer? Is it not just because of what it says, but because of how? Yes, according to the most recent findings in neuroscience. New research from the Annie Murphy Paul of the NY Times shows that sensory brain is stimulated by complex metaphors and specific descriptions like “velvet voice,” while adjectives like “nice voice” aren’t. Great books and stories may open your eyes to new perspectives and even change the way you behave in the real world.

In other words, does it matter whether you write well?

You don’t have to be a brilliant writer to write your book, and I am not suggesting that you shouldn’t do it. You might also hire someone to write it for you. Astonishingly, you have no clue how many “well-known” specialists’ books that change us are ghost-written. No, I’m not suggesting that a book that is well-written and based on solid ideas can’t or won’t have a significant influence.

It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to complete your book in only three months, though. It is possible. (I’ll go into more detail about this in Part 2).

Instead of worrying about how quickly you can finish your book, concentrate on how much time you have to spend on it and how much love you can give yourself and your creative core by accepting that it takes as long as it needs. Every book takes its own sweet time to write