According to our findings, it takes a median of 177 hours (or nearly twenty-two 8-hour days of straight effort by a single individual) to complete a retrospective research from concept to publication; these hours show a great degree of devotion on the part of the study team. It should be noted that our sample included only those studies that were eventually published in peer-reviewed journals; as you might expect, the majority of teams will likely spend more or less than the reported time depending on their own particular circumstances.
The number of hours required for writing has been a topic of interest and debate among academics for some time. Early estimates suggested that writing a paper could take up to ten years of full-time work for an average researcher. More recent studies have reduced this estimate to between four and seven months. There are several factors that may affect how long it takes to write a manuscript including the field that you are working in, the size of your audience, and how much support you receive from others while writing.
In conclusion, writing a manuscript requires significant time and effort. If you plan to write up all of your past research projects, then you should consider investing in the process by hiring a professional writer or by setting aside enough time to complete a review of existing literature.
Depending on my responsibilities that week, the initial draft of a narrative generally takes me around 8 hours or so, spread out over 2-3 days. I normally wait at least a week before returning to it. I'll probably spend around 2-3 hours looking over the draft and making changes. Then I'll send it out for feedback from others.
On average, I write one story every other week. Some weeks are better than others, but I try to keep writing even when I don't feel like it can't hurt any chances I have of being published.
I started writing short stories when I was a student. My professor didn't really care how much work went into each story as long as we turned in our assignments on time. I think he just wanted us to get experience with different genres. He did warn us though that publishing anything other than research papers is difficult so I cut my teeth on those problems early on.
Since then I've tried various techniques to improve my storytelling skills. I read as much fiction as I can, talk to people about what I'm working on, reflect on my experiences, etc. But mostly I just write and hope for the best. That's worked pretty well so far!
When it comes to pricing my services, I usually ask writers who have something similar to what I have in mind.
However, you must first examine your writing style. If your writing flows and you edit afterwards, you should set aside at least 2 hours every day. The process takes longer if you pause, reflect, and carefully create your work. I write for 3-4 hours at a time and do not plan in words. Planning by concepts is what I advocate. Start with an idea and see where it takes you.
In terms of content, you need to decide how much you can afford to write per week or month. Most authors produce about 1,000 words per hour - so that's 50 pages of text. However, some authors may be able to produce 100-500 words per hour - which would equal 25-125 pages per hour. Remember, the more content you can produce the more opportunities you will have to sell your work. Content is key!
Also consider your audience when deciding how long you should write for each session. If you are writing for publication, try to aim for around 10,000 words (about 20 pages). Longer works are better for series books or collections. Short stories should be no longer than 7,500 words.
Finally, use your best judgment. You should be able to write for approximately 4 hours without feeling exhausted. If you can't, then increase your writing time!