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How long does it take Roald Dahl to write a book?How long usually did it take him?

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izchan1 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 12, 2010 at 7:08 AM via web

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How long does it take Roald Dahl to write a book?

How long usually did it take him?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted February 12, 2010 at 7:29 AM (Answer #1)

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Mr. Roald Dahl, author of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and other children's books, is a man who writes on a schedule. He sits down at ten a.m. every day and writes exactly until 12:00 p.m. He makes sure that he writes everyday and does not get up even if he has writers block.

Dahl does not have a set standard of time for him to write a book as each book is different. However, all stories begin with an idea. He then jots it down and returns to think about it later. Once he has decided someone would enjoy it, he begins to work on his book. Several of his books took him 7 to 8 months to write.

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dominion | College Teacher | eNoter

Posted February 12, 2010 at 8:04 AM (Answer #2)

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Roald Dahl wrote his books in a rundown shed at the bottom of the garden of his English home. He preferred to write in solitude away from noise and distractions. He followed a meticulous almost ritualistic process when writing. He always used six yellow pencils, wrote on American legal paper and sat in a dirty old armchair which belonged to his mother. He would often draft and redraft stories several times until he was finally happy with them. One of his short stories could take up to six months for him to complete.

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