If you're writing a novel, a non-fiction story, a collection of shorts or a book of essays, how long does it take you? I'm asking this question because it rose in a recent thread I started, and I figured that topic of discussion should have its own thread. I was under the impression that for many authors it takes years to write a novel, and that two years is considered a rather short time, and any less should therefore be considered an admirably short amount of time and a quick pace of writing. I've recently heard an author speaking of the five years it took him to write a novel. But others have given me different numbers, based on their own pace and the pace of some famous authors. So I'm wondering how fast each one of us is writing, and whatever the differences are, where do they come from? Hearing some of what I heard, I suddenly feel like a very slow author (though until late 2011, I was very busy, so I had good excuses, but not anymore). Some of us are young, some are old, some are experienced, and some inexperienced. Some of us are single, others are married with children. I do wonder what makes one write faster. Maybe dealing with the wife slows you down, while a single person has time for himself. Or maybe the wife inspires you and pushes you, while the single guy procrastonates. Also, there is the matter of research. Do you download tons of articles and spend your time going through your own personal library, or do you just write? Also, what are your habits? I heard of people who are committed to 500 words a day or 1000 words a day. One author who was committed to 3000 words a week, etc. It sounds very little to some of you, but what about the author who has a full time career in one field and still writes and researches other fields? Bottom line: How long does it take you to complete a book, what are your writing habits, and how much time does your lifestyle allows for writing?