Writing hours in April

April is over already, and once again, it was a busy month for me. I spent most of last week at an editing seminar, which is part of my endeavor to earn a certificate in editing. We wrapped up editing Lois Cloarec Hart’s Walking the Labyrinth in April. I look forward to seeing this wonderful novel published in June. I had a new novel out in April (the second, expanded edition of Backwards to Oregon), one new anthology (Beyond the Trail), and a short story (Seduction for Beginners, a short sequel to Something in the Wine). I also did a …

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Writing hours in September

September has been more productive than the month before. I spent a lot of time on the train, which meant a lot of writing time. I worked on turning the German version of my short story, Manhattan Moon, into a novella. I finally finished the project two days ago. It ended up around 30,000 words. Writing Beta reading January 47 hours 5 hours February 31 hours 2 hours March 36 hours 3 hours April 12 hours 31 hours May 51 hours 15 hours June 36 hours 4 hours July 51 hours 2 hours August 5 hours 13 hours September 50 …

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Writing time

At the beginning of this year, I thought it would be interesting to see how much time I spend writing and beta reading, so I started to keep track of my writing / beta reading time. Now that the first half of the year is over, I took a look at the numbers. Writing Beta reading January 47 hours 5 hours February 31 hours 2 hours March 36 hours 3 hours April 12 hours 31 hours May 51 hours 15 hours June 36 hours 4 hours TOTAL 213 hours 60 hours I was amazed to see how big the differences …

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Keeping track of writing time

In interviews or when I talk to readers, I often get asked how long it takes me to write a novel. I usually answer things like, “About a year” or “It took eleven months to write Hidden Truths.” But when it comes to actual writing time, I have no clue how many hours it takes to write a novel. With the start of the new year, I thought that it would be interesting to see how much time a week/month/year I spend writing, so I decided to keep track of my writing time. To help me do that, I’m using …

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