How long does it take to write a novel?

dostoevsky, novel, film, how long does it take to write a novel,I’m so used to this question by now that I usually just reply ‘About four weeks.’ Because that is the simple answer. I can look at the average amount of time a first draft takes, and that is, for me,  how long it takes to write a novel. But there is a much more complicated answer, because the question is in fact not how long does it take to write a novel, but how long does it take to finish one. And that is where the real variety seeps in. Continue reading