Somewhere between Virginia Wolff, John Steinbeck, and Toni Morrison, the work of a novelist became highly romanticized. But the truth is, being a novelist is hard work. It’s not something that happens overnight. It took years of frustration for your favorite authors to pump out those novels you can’t live without.
In order to be considered a novel, a manuscript must be over 40,000 total words in length. When you consider how much thinking is involved to get a story to that length, it’s a long process. Novelists weave words on a long loom, and they really would like for you to stop thinking they can write a best-seller in a week’s time.