23. How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story—from planning to writing to posting (if you post your work)?
As long as it needs to.
I’ve written some stories and edited them to a good spot within hours–I wrote an entire story in one night, editing it the following morning. Other short stories take far longer–weeks, even spread over months. I don’t post them online, nor do I submit them for publication. I’m not happy-happy with them, so they don’t get anywhere. Yet.
I find that, in some cases, short stories just come to me, completely intact, so I need to write them out before I forget. Some, I need to coax out.
As for novels, well, I’ve only done the first draft of one, and that turned out rather poorly. I’m working on another, still in the planning stages. I’m always in the planning or research stages…