How long does it take?

It’s the most frequent question asked of me when someone learns I’m published: How long did it take to write your book?

I used to be puzzled by this question. To a certain extent, I’m still puzzled.

Do they mean how long did it take from the time the plot idea was first planted until the date of publication? Once I started writing this particular story, when did I finally feel it was ready for the outside world? How long have I been writing? What?

With a few queries of my own, I came to realize that this question most often really means: When do you find the time to write?

“I’ve always wanted to write a book, ” they say. “But I never find the time.” Nearly all of them.

Everyone, it seems, has a story to tell. I’m an avid listener – so I know that they do. I love to hear tales of other worlds, other lifetimes. You’ve traveled to China? Oh, please tell me about it. You’ve lost your dearest friend? I’m so sorry  – share with me what you’re feeling. Tell me where it hurts. Cry if you like, for the tears will wash your emotions over me and I will better understand.

However, few take the plunge to put their thoughts to paper. Even fewer commit the account to public viewing. Their biggest obstacle? Time. They lead busy lives. Where would they find the time?

My answer? One always finds time for an addiction.


About Lori Hart Beninger

Lori Hart Beninger is a native California writer with three critically acclaimed historical novels (Embracing the Elephant, A Veil of Fog and Flames, and A Peculiar Peace) that follow two 19th century young adults as they struggle with survival and acceptance in the pivotal era of the California Gold Rush up to the American Civil War. Please visit for synopses, availability, reviews, and more.
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