23. How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story—from planning to writing to posting (if you post your work)?
Every project is a bit different, and I don’t exactly keep track. Lucinda at the Window took about a year, though I was still putting polish on it in 2000 (after starting it in 1998). I worked on the Two Sprawling Fantasy Novels from sometime in 2000 until about mid 2004. The idea for the character of Marie originated in 1998. Pas de Chat was drafted in 4-5 months. It was also based on a character from 1998 and a short story that I wrote in 2000 (which took me a couple of months to write, I think). And then there’s Weordan. I started working on Weordan as a project in 2004 for NaNoWriMo. Model Species didn’t start taking shape until the next year. In the five years since then, Model Species is done and pretty polished. Divine Fire (started in 2007?) was finally finished last summer. Fuel Eaters, NaNoWriMo 2006, was restarted as NaNoWriMo 2008. We have a very rough first draft that isn’t near done. With short stories, it’s sort of a do or die thing. If I get rolling on one, it takes a week or two, maybe as much as a month. Flash fiction? Again, if I get going on an idea, a couple hours. This doesn’t mean that "finished" is ever really finished. Editing is on-going. And this doesn’t take into account how long Eric spends on the "planning" phase.