Writing A Novel Within Three Months

As I sit here screaming profanities at news reports on the TV, I am having weird juxtaposed feelings of joy about writing a novel within three months. Suffice to say, it’s another tricky day in politics but after finishing the writing of my latest novel with a working title of MOON SPYER, the news seems almost ridiculous. Which is odd, since I write fiction. How is it that occasionally real world events eclipse often weird machinations of the novelist’s mind.


But the fact remains that as of August 1st my novel sat lumbering at 18,000 words but was kick-started by the 9-month long online writing class of Jerry Jenkins. After, I pounded out another 40,000 words and finished the first draft at 58,000. I typically write short but through the editing process my stories grow anywhere from 20- to 30,000 words. This story seems to be demanding my attention and I think it may even max out around 90,000 words after all the edits are in place. We’ll see. So, with six months left in this workshop, I’m going to shoot for completing another novel. I’m giving myself a month for editing MOON SPYER but afterward, the next novel will hopefully be complete by the end of March. Add in a month of editing and I’ll have completed two novels within nine months. To me, that’s pretty cool. It also means that I can (probably) get another novel out within a year’s time. The trick to a successful life as a writer is to have inventory to sell. Without inventory or with low quantities, a writer won’t be selling much. It’s a simple business equation, a math problem. You can’t sell books if you’re not writing books.

But, again, we’ll see. My goal is to finish the next novel and at that time gauge the possibilities of completing a third novel by August 1, 2019. I’m making it a goal. You can make me accountable, keep me on track.

And if I haven’t already told you, Thanks for buying my latest psychological thriller, THE DEATH OF VULTURES and for posting your reviews. As you know, the publication date was September 2018 and has gotten an incredible reception. People really seem to be connecting with the story of Meg Storm and her daughter’s death due to a heroin overdose. If you haven’t had a chance to read THE DEATH OF VULTURES, pick up a copy (eBook or paperback) HERE. Oh, and psst! The audio book is scheduled to release mid-December, in time for Christmas! Writing A Novel Within Three Months

Thanks for reading: Writing A Novel Within Three Months. The future looks bright!



  1. Steven M. Moore on October 26, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Hi Susan,
    I just finished three novel-writing marathons, so I’m taking it easy (?), focusing on short fiction and writing blog articles. It’s nice to take a breather over the holidays.
    Clancy said our fiction has to seem real, but I’ve always been surprised when reality seems stranger than fiction. I’m also surprised when stories I wrote years ago, all fiction, are now coming true: human trafficking, cartels and the drug problems, gun smuggling, and terrorism are some of the topics I’ve treated in previous books…as fiction.
    What happens is that authors are observers of the world around them. They take those observations and make reasonable extrapolations about what might happen. They don’t have to be sci-fi writers to do that. I first treated terrorism in NYC in 2009 and the assassination of a president in 2008–we’ve had the first and an attempt at two past presidents (among others) in the last two days. Frankly, it’s scary when fiction and reality have such a close nexus!

    • Susan Wingate on October 26, 2018 at 12:35 pm

      I agree, Steve. My novels tend to be closer to home and family but I wrote a novel THE LAST MAHARAJAN detailing my mother’s death from COPD. Eerie stuff. But to your point, another author friend of mine wrote a novel about the political debacle after 2016. It was published in 2015. It’s weird and cool, at the same time. And congrats on your three novel writing marathon! Way to go. I’m pushing two now then three starting in April. Wahoo. Onward and upward, right? 🙂

  2. Roxanne Dunn on October 26, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Susan, you inspire and challenge me to write more, faster, and forget the housework. I enjoyed your presentation at the Mullis Center yesterday.

    • Susan Wingate on October 26, 2018 at 7:09 pm

      It was great to see you yesterday too, Roxanne! But it sounds like you’re on your way. Completing your first novel is an awesome beginning! I can’t wait until I get to sit listening to you talk about your books too. 🙂 Hugs, Susan.

  3. Anna on March 14, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Wow great Susan it’s a very difficult task but you did with success I love to read this novel but I’m unable to find this could you please sent me link to visit directly

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