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How Long Do You Take To Write An Article?
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I’m just doing a little research in preparation for an upcoming post, and I’d like to ask you:

How long does it take you to create an article from start to finish?

Now, I know that each article is different and the time that it takes each person will vary depending on the type of article you’re writing, but as best as you can, can you please estimate on average how long it takes you to write an article?

It would also be helpful to know what type (how to, list, essay, interview, etc) of articles you usually write, and how long are your articles usually (word count)?

And do you usually write articles in one sitting, or do you work on them over a few sessions, writing some and then coming back to them later until they are finished?

Thanks for your input on this!

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92 Responses to “How Long Do You Take To Write An Article?”

  1. Usually about 1 – 2 hrs for research and writing of about 500 words. I then let it stew for at least a day then proof read and edit it.

    Sometimes I’ll retask the material and produce another article from the same info changing the content and headline.

  2. My articles usually take between 2 and 3 hours each, including the research. I usually write between 700 and 800 words. I never finish one in just one sitting–have to come back and edit at least once.

  3. Warren says:

    I typically take 1-2 hours to write an article (this includes posting in on

  4. J P Mulier says:

    A good scientific article in a peer reviewed journal takes minimum 2 months, research not incalculated as thai takes one to two years.
    Two months does mean that every week the extra available time ( half a day) is used for data analysis, references search, writing up,…
    most of the time it is first rejected or need rewriting according to the reviewers who always need to change it show their importance.

    free non peer reviewed publication goes 10 times faster and can be ready in one week.

    I have the impression that thios organisation is not dealing with scientific papers.


  5. Don says:

    First I do the research for a new article, which takes app. 5-6 hours, I usually write articles between 1600 and 2000 words which then takes me app. 3-5 to complete which also includes proof reading.

  6. I write in-depth spirituality, metaphysical and fringe articles covering the unexplained and so on. These articles require a great deal of research which greatly adds to the time it takes to produce them. On average a 3,000 words article will take around three or four days. If I’m writing about something that I don’t need to research then a 1,000 word article would probably take me around two hours, a press release no more than an hour.

  7. David J. says:

    All the best for the Holiday Season. Essays usually take me 45
    minutes to 1:00 hr. to write. Usually my articles I try to keep on-
    point and they are 1 page in length.

  8. Antonio Ruivo says:

    Hi Steve,

    I use to write small short stories or essays (about 1 and half maximum
    two A4 pages). Essays takes around 1 hour. short stories takes more
    about 3 hours.

    Essays I write in one sitting, shotr stories usualy I work them over 2
    / 3 times.

    Good writing for you.
    Happy holidays.
    Antonio Ruivo

  9. Catherine says:

    It takes me a long time to write 1 article, to pick out the
    key words…ect. I’m writing on different Shaklee products. I change the body, resource box- to try to make it right.

  10. I find that as soon as I get an idea for an article, it becomes an irresistible force and has to be written or it drives me crazy. I have a degree in English lit and have taken many courses on creative writing and love to write so it doesn’t take me long.

    It usually takes me about 30 minutes to an hour to write an article 450-500 words (including the upgraded article generator) and the keywords and resource. From experience, I now keep it in draft form for about 24 hours and then take another look at it before I launch it. I try not to be a perfectionist and get it out asap. Also, with your excellent advice, I am able to split my ideas into several articles, rather than just one long article. I find your site very easy to use. I’d like to learn some new ways to make my resource box more of a traffic driver.

  11. Georjina says:

    Hi Steve,
    It takes me about an hour if I’ve completed the research for a 700 word how-to article. I guess you’d call my articles how-to, but I see them as information-on-this-topic:)

  12. David Kartuzinski says:

    My articles are about 800-1000 words long. I have to say that I spend about 40 minutes on each articles but use an article spinner that when I am done it is spun 150% so each alteration doesn’t look anything like the original.

    Included in the 40 minutes is looking for what is hot using Yahoo Buzz, Google Trends, or other areas to get ideas.

    I write in Travel Hospitality normally. Travel to Paris, particularly.

    Once I determine what I basically am going to write I do a little research to get some facts from books, or the internet, and then I type it out.

    For blog posts I keep them to 300-400 words and these are usually harder.

    Understand I already know the keywords I am targeting so this tends to help write the article for me.

    I write them in one sitting and generally spend about 4 hours total to write 4-5 hours and get them posted through a large network of sites I maintain.


  13. smiley says:


    based on your question, I do write a lot of articles regularly as I launch so many sites and blogs that have to be updated regularly besides participating in some sites too pertaining to urnewlook, selfimpressed, sleeplack, 10daysdiet, and so many..

    The thing is, it does take time for me to write articles as I have to think over the topic, then figure out the headlines of the article and the keywords to use in order to catch the search does stress me out a lot specially if i find myself pressed on time as I am still student who have so many assignments and exams to go for and therefore, I have to leave my sites for a while that might even take 2 or 3 months away as I have so many school work to do it urgently…

    Besides, I love writing so badly..

  14. pam says:

    40 mins to write and submit a 550 word article on a known subject to EZA. 1 hr for a new subject.

  15. As always I really enjoy the information that you provide and I am happy to share these facts for your survey. I normally write “How To” articles or something closely related and they take me 1 – 2 hrs. I always write them in one sitting but may let them sit overnight for proofreading. Keep up the great work! bjmdjd

  16. Michael Nair says:

    Hi Steve,

    Merry Christmas to you and yours at this time.

    I try to follow these principles when writing and it helps me keep on track.

    1. What am I writing? (Topic)

    2. Who am I writing for? (Audience)

    3. What am I trying to say? (Content)

    Once I have this down its easier to stay on track.

    I’ve got to remember that I’m not writing a thesis

    but an article that can inform and encourages readers to click.

    It can take from 2-4hrs and I like to do it in one sitting. I leave it for a few days then get back to it. That’s what I tell my students anyway so I better practice what I preach. :)

    Keep your articles coming cos I read most of them.

    Have a great Christmas everyone!


  17. M.Ashraf says:

    It takes me half an hour to write an article about which I have already done a mental exercise. I finish the article in one sitting. In case, of articles not planned early, it takes two to three sessions of same time. Usually, I write 1200 word articles. I write on all possible subjects. However, some subjects require a bit of research through internet to get the facts right.

  18. James says:

    I’m new to article writing. But it takes 2 to 3 hours and that’s writing about a subject I know.

    Happy Christmas to you all

  19. Phil says:

    It takes me about 2 hours for a good article, 700 words. It is better to sleep on it before publishing, but I don’t always do that. I’m getting better and take more care over my resource box too (thanks Steve for your advice on that). I’m still a newbie and it would be good if you could have a tapered start up cost for your Article Leverage (I’d jump at it then – your copy is persuasive), just as AWweber does for their service. Sounds like this mail is a plant? -definitely not.

  20. Steve Shaw says:

    Hi Phil,

    Actually there is no extra cost for ArticleLeverage–the option to use ArticleLeveage is included with your membership to

  21. Paul Summers says:


    Each article currently takes me approx 3 hours, depending on level of research needed. Most of my articles are of a “how to” nature and content varies from high to low level depending on the intended audience. Between 400 – 600 words is usual. I tend to write in one sitting, then review next day in case any new ideas have formed overnight. This also helps me spot any grammatical improvements I could make.



  22. Wayne Weeks says:

    Usually it takes me about an hour to an hour and a half to write an article. My articles are of the “How to” or essay type and are typically 550 to 700 words. I always write them in one sitting but revisit a day or so later to proof.

  23. Boaz says:

    I usually write an article in one go and it typically takes between 2-4 hours. Articles are usually between 600-1200 words. The topics are mostly business related such as: marketing, business development, fund-raising.

  24. Now, I know that each article is different and the time that it takes each person will vary depending on the type of article you’re writing, but as best as you can, can you please estimate on average how long it takes you to write an article? <== about 15 to 30 minutes

    It would also be helpful to know what type (how to, list, essay, interview, etc) of articles you usually write, and how long are your articles usually (word count)? <== how to and list format usually; from 250 to 500 words on average

    And do you usually write articles in one sitting, or do you work on them over a few sessions, writing some and then coming back to them later until they are finished? <== I complete in one sitting, let percolate overnight, then relook and edit.

  25. Jane Falter says:

    Although it varies a bit, I estimate it takes me about 3-4 hours. Although I might write the article in one sitting, I would not submit it until I have a chance to “sleep” on it. More likely, I like to review it at a few different intervals.

    My usual word count is between 650-850. I write on helping people with personal development or inter-personal skills.

  26. I generally write articles in the 700 to 1000 word length. (Have written some shorter, some longer) Average amount of time spent, 4 to 5 hours. OF that amount, up to two hours will be research, even if I know the subject. I will review both other articles I have written plus half a dozen or so of others on the same subject matter. I will write the article from start to finish in an hour to hour and a half. I will leave it alone for a few days, then come back and “Tweak” or “Fine Tune” it, for another hour to hour and a half. I have been known to lower the word count by as much as 200 words during this “Fine Tuning Process”. Since I am also a photographer, I try to make my written words for a visual image in the readers mind.

    Tedric Garrison

  27. My blog articles are between 500 and 1000 words and normally take about 15 minutes.


  28. Kris Varma says:

    It takes me between 2 to 4 hours to think about an article, prepare an article plan, conduct research and write and article draft. I then take an additional hour to review the article and ensure that it is conveying the message I want it to convey.

  29. Jacqui says:

    Hi Steve
    Usually done in 1 sitting – takes about 1 hour to write and I have found that it takes another hour to load into the article leverage feature.
    Keep up the good work
    Merry Xmas


  30. Lauren says:

    I write an article in 3-4 hr. This includes the time to research and think about how to write it in an interesting manner. The content is basically a summary of each keyword focused content page on my website. These range from “How to clean silver jewellery” to “TOP 7 ways to match jewellery with your outfit”.

    Merry Christmas!

  31. Ralph Warren says:

    To write about 3-400 words, it would take me about 2 hours as I would have already thought about what I want to write before starting. I also enjoy ‘business writing’ and have written many proposals, ITTs and business letters over the years which gives you the confidence to appreciate that even if it is not perfect, it is NEW to the reader.

  32. 400 – 600 words takes about an hour or so – then I let it sit overnight and finish it off the next day. In my line of business – accuracy is of paramount importance and this is reflected in how written work is presented – so grammar and spelling must be faultless.

  33. Akinyi says:

    On average, for an article of 400-800 words, it takes me about two hours including any referencing or researching I have to check up. But once in a routine it takes a lot shorter. The articles in my monthly column with The African Times – for example are roughly 500 words a piece and take me half an our once I’ve picked up the subject matter. My essays (e.g. in my HubPages) are normally 1500-2000+ words and take up to four hours.

    My topics of choice are politics and current affairs, and here I put my main emphasis on Africa and Europe. I’ve never written a straight DIY (in my nonfiction book, Darkest Europe and Africa’s Nightmare, I have general suggestions on how Africans and their governments could tackle the problems of education, agriculture and sustainable energy/bio energy, but this is only a fraction of what is in the rest of the book). I’ve so far done interviews per email. When any answer to my question is not clear, I rephrase it and mail it again or I clear the points by telephone.

    Once I know what I’m going to write about and have noted down my research, I normally write in one sitting. As a rule when I’m done, I “sleep on” the article and read it again the next day to see if it still conveys what I wanted to say.

  34. Paul Petillo says:

    > How long does it take you to create an article from start to finish?

    Actually, not that long. I usually write about two to three thousand words a day – more if I am currently involved in a book project or launching a new website (which I just did at

    > Now, I know that each article is different and the time that it
    > takes each person will vary depending on the type of article you’re
    > writing, but as best as you can, can you please estimate on average
    > how long it takes you to write an article?

    Time-wise, about an hour to write an 1000 word piece but it should be noted
    that the best writers are writing even when they are not near their tools.
    Our heads are cluttered with ideas and notes and for me, they just seem to
    spill out onto the screen..

    > It would also be helpful to know what type (how to, list, essay,
    > interview, etc) of articles you usually write, and how long are
    > your articles usually (word count)?

    Too long and often they need editing but on average, 800 to 1000 words. the
    topics are usually complicated and I need to cite numerous sources.

    > And do you usually write articles in one sitting, or do you work on
    > them over a few sessions, writing some and then coming back to them
    > later until they are finished?

    One sitting… I get up at 3am and write until eight and then I’m done for
    the day. After that I usually work on the next book or do website
    optimization or promotion. The work is never done but I punch the clock at
    3pm and don’t do another thing until the next morning. Keep in mind, this
    happens everyday, seven days a week.

  35. Maria says:

    Hi Steve,
    This is one huge question. Perhaps I should start by saying I always keep notes containing ideas I have thought about. They are in my ‘Steve Shaw’ folder. Many of the ideas I follow up by doing some Internet research to ensure I am on track. These are added to my notes – things like a new slant/opinion on what I had planned to write. However, I often experience writers’ block and some pieces are simply filed and shelved for another day.

    Articles that are straight from the heart, or post-jogging inspired, I can write quickly. These are the non-factual, non-contestable ones. However, even though I can write these within thirty minutes or an hour, I would never submit them at that stage. I often leave them for twenty-four hours or so, and then I change the format, add, subtract, titivate etc. Submitting them, especially with leveraging, finding keywords, seems to take much longer than I would ever have imagined, way too long.
    In relative terms I am a bit of a rookie at article marketing, so it probably takes me longer to complete an article than someone who has been writing for years.
    The length of my articles is usually arounf 800-900 words.
    So how long does it take? Much longer than I dare think about. Writing articles has become a part of who I am, so I am constantly trying to come up with new ideas.
    Hope this helps Steve.

    Happy Christmas!


  36. Tatiana says:

    I am writing an article for 1 hour. It is between 500-800 words. Than I give it to my translator and then to an copy-editor. Altogether it takes 3 days.

  37. Jana Irvin says:

    Maria has written exactly my experiences. I am a rookie, with some editing experience. But I couldn’t have put my little experience in any other words more accurately….and I am not a copy cat, it is just a coincidence. Maria must know me!

    Happy New Year!


  38. Terry Dunn says:


    From idea and research, to writing and publishing, it’s usually within 1 hour. Sometimes a little longer. And that’s for an article between 250 and 300 words.

    Terry Dunn

  39. James Druman says:

    I’m really surprised on the responses here–2 to 4 hours? Are you serious? I know I’m going to get some people on hear calling Bull#$%*, but I can write a quality article in 15 minutes. Only the ones in my most frequent subjects, but even the ones on subjects I don’t know take about a half hour–hour at the very very most. My articles get accepted to ezinearticles every time, I get compliments on my writing on blogs, and I run a freelance writing business charging $20 per 500 word articles. You can crank them out really fast with the right strategies and tools.

  40. Andrew says:


    I think it takes me about 1hr-2hrs per article,for a list article. Yes the word count could be shorter and more far more punchy. That will come with practice.Yet. I think it is just good to get the article up and in the Internet ether.

    I’m currently writing ‘list’ articles. The time tends to whiz by as I enjoy what I write about. If I didn’t enjoy my subject matter, it would take me longer.

    I normally write a 1st draft, then leave it a day or two and come back to it. Yet recently I’ve bashed out 2/3 at a time.

    Happy Travels


  41. jodan burke says:

    Hi – like your question. I write articles pretty quickly. I noticed another said 10-15 min.I would be seriously limited if I had to take a day for an article. I am a therapist and one little idea can take me off on a whole other tangent. Most of my articles run 500-600 words. Easy for me to write what I know. I keep a file of ideas in my bag – even as simple as magazine articles, fun emails and I go from there. One of my areas of parenting and families is VERY easy to write about. Internet marketing/making money online, etc. not as easy for me to come up with original topics.

  42. Beth says:

    For me, it really depends on the topic. I write on a variety of topics based on my clients needs. If it is something I am very familiar with, I can pop out 500 to 600 words in about 30 mins. But, if I don’t know much about the topic, obviously I will need to research it further before writing. For this, I usually average 1 to 2 hours for 500 to 600 words.

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