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I was considering writing a professional book like, say, The Percy Jackson series or something like that. I'd like to know how much time it takes to write and plan one. I have been wondering this for a long time so if you know please comment!.

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How long does it tend to take you to write a short story? This won't give you an idea of how long it'll take to write a novel, but it'll put you in a good position to consider What's answer. – CLockeWork Nov 20 '13 at 9:27
As what correctly notes, this is a Your Mileage May Vary question. George R.R. Martin takes six years. Susan Elia MacNeal takes 15 months. Barbara Cartland apparently took about two weeks. There's no right answer. – Lauren Ipsum Nov 20 '13 at 11:10

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That depends (a) on your level of professionalism and (b) on the necessary research. Some topics need a lot of preparation, and some authors spend months or years to research into the background of their writing. Some authors have a good idea, plan well and write printable prose, so they finish a thousand pages in a few weeks. Others need to restructure, rephrase and polish endlessly and take years to finish a first draft. The unknown variable here is you. If you don't know, how long YOU would take to write a book, then it will take you a long time, because obviously you lack experience.

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To get a rough estimation, have a look on how long it took a few of your favourite series to be written (so you get an idea of your favourite style/genre of writing). Once you've done that, get the average.

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You might need a larger sample to account for natural variation, though -- not only that some people write more quickly, but also that some might be working on multiple concurrent projects, or have better support from their publishers (research, editing), or other factors. – Monica Cellio Nov 24 '13 at 18:59
True, so what do you think is a good number? – Jont Nov 25 '13 at 6:31

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