I write my books in a program called Scrivener, and one of the fun things is that it keeps statistics about how much you write each day. That means I can see from each of my books how long it took me to write them. Of course, that made me curious one day to see which books took me the longest and which I wrote the fastest. Wanna make any guesses?
My Fastest Books
Now, to make it fair, I’m only looking at full size books. Of course, this still isn’t completely fair since my books vary in length between 60k and 108k, which is almost twice as long. But calculating that to a fair comparison would involve way too much math to make it fun, so whatever.
My fastest book ever was Professor Daddy (then called Kissing the Teacher), which I cranked out in 10 or so days. Pretty insane, but the muse was strong and loud for that one.)
Coming in second was New Daddy at Forty-Seven, which only took me 15 days all in all, and Captain Silver Fox was only 16 days. In all fairness, both books are on the shorter side. Generally speaking, stand alones are much faster to write than series because you don’t have overarching plot points and characters to keep track of.
Firm Hand was a fast one, too. I remember starting that one by hand because I didn’t have my Mac with me while traveling through Australia, and Vicki (my PA) had to type those pages out, haha. Once I had that idea, it was so strong that I had to write it.
Slow Hand was a quick one as well. I finished it in 23 days, which is amazing if you consider this book ended up at 110k originally. I had one day where I wrote over 12k words on that one…in one freaking day! Those boys were talking a lot. I love it when that happens.
My Slowest Books
The White House Men books took me long, especially the last four, purely because of all the research and the plot lines I had to keep straight. The same was true for the last few books in the Irresistible Omegas series. SO many things to wrap up and so many characters to keep track of…
An odd one is Coming Out on Top. I originally started writing this one back in December of 2017, intending it as the second standalone after the No Shame series. The story was called Outcast back then, based on a premade cover I bought. But I got stuck with the story in a bad way, and I abandoned it in January 2018 after much debate. I didn’t pick it back up until almost two years later, in December of 2019, and finally finished it in January of 2020 (it originally released as Snow Way Out). I’m SO proud of how that one turned out, but it needed time to percolate, I guess.
Jennifer Clubine says
Coming Out on Top is my favorite book! I love the characters and how they relate to each other. Watching Gus come alive is such a joy. I wish this could be made into a movie, it would be a blockbuster for sure! I’m glad you took whatever time was needed, because it turned out perfectly.