The short answer is — it takes as long as it takes.
The long answer is — it takes as long as it takes.
Writing fiction is more than just an exercise in putting words down on paper — it is crafting a tale. Creating a world out of nothingness and having your reader become immersed in that world.
When I end a writing session, I may have two thousand words in which I will only keep half, or I may write three hundred words that may be some of the best writing I have done.
In the end, the story will come together in the whatever time it takes to completely tell. What is important is to have a set time to write, and use that time to write. When you are finished, whether your word count is in the thousands, or a few hundred, it is the effort we make during that time that will produce the result which we are looking to achieve.
There are no shortcuts whether writing a short story, novella, or novel — you can’t expect tomorrow’s results yesterday, without putting forth the effort today.
“Who the hell am I?”
I am an independent, self-published teller of tales, an author, as of yet, of scarcely any renown. However, as a storyteller, I know who I am, and with that persona, I am both confident and comfortable.