Writing a novel can be a daunting task for an author, often a lifetime dream. The initial manuscript draft may take a month if you have the time dedication and motivation, or it may take years as you work it in and around everyday responsibilities. Now it is time for the next step, editing!
It is rumored that a good way to break into the publishing world as an author is to start out small and work your way up. Most take on the feat of writing a full length novel. Consider writing short stories for your first attempt.