How much time do you need to write an essay?
If there is a topic and I can freewrite my response to it or share my experience – I can write about two pages per hour.
Still, if it is an academic paper with sources to be used, it takes longer, of course. If there are no huge problems with finding sources, the approximate time is an hour a page + 1 hour (this means that I can write a 3-page essay in at least 4 hours, a 5-page essay – in at least 6 hours and so on). One additional hour is for reading the instructions, visualizing the paper/creating outline and formatting of the sources.