For my newest "baby" to be delivered around October since it's a Christmas story, it needs to be completed by June. This didn't scare me because books two and three were written and edited in six months each, but it did start me thinking about how long people spend writing a book.
Anthony Burgess said that A Clockwork Orange was "knocked off for money in three weeks." But more impressive than that is the backstory.
In 1959, Burgess was told that he had an inoperable brain turmor and would be dead within a year. Hoping to provide for his wife after his death, Burgess wrote five novels in the next twelve months. A Clockwork Orange was published in 1962. Burgess lived another thirty years (died in 1993) and left more than thirty novels.
Mickey Spillane wrote his best seller I the Jury in nine days. It sold seven million copies in three years.
It's said that The Running Man took Stephen King (writing as Richard Bachman) only three nights. There are some claims though that a lot of it was lifted from previous manucripts King wrote.
Jack Kerouac's actual writing time for On the Road is touted to have been three weeks, but he'd spent seven years traveling the USA and making notes. Another interesting fact about On the Road is that Kerouac wrote it on a 119-foot long scroll of paper so that he didn't have to keep inserting sheets into his typewriter. The scroll has been exhibited in museums and libraries around the world.
On the end of the scroll is a note in Kerouac's handwriting. He states that a cocker spaniel ate the last lines, so no one knows the original final words. That sounds an awful lot like some Colonel Parker business to me, and if you believe it's the gospel truth, please let me know because I've got a bridge for sale in New York, and I'll give you a real deal on it!
Until we meet again, take care of . . .you!