How to write a book in three days

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Fri Aug 05, 2011 2:17 pm Post

This sort of advice pee's me off. I have only read one of his books and considered it derivative, stereotyped. Perhaps thats the answer. Write the same work again and again.

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Fri Aug 05, 2011 2:52 pm Post

I'm sure that some people writing genre books that are short in length, formulaic by design, and part of an established 'world' can churn out reasonable standard works in a short space of time. 'Pulp' fiction in the most affectionate use of the term.

The problem I have with these sort of articles is that to achieve this you need to be a very experienced writer whose first draft prose requires minimal rectification. Yet the articles are clearly aimed at seducing people who have never written anything more involved than a shopping list but have always considered writing a novel as "money for nothing".

These are the same people who sit at home watching reality tv and think to themselves "y'know MTV should totally make a show about me, it'd be brilliant", despite the fact that all they do with their evenings is watch the telly.
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Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:36 pm Post

Usually this advice is about throwing down a first draft to start revising - some writers can take 3 years or 3 decades to do that :). I usually crank my first draft out in about 28 days (no zombies in it) and then take several months to a year to revise it.

Vancouver has a 3 day novel contest which allows you to plot up a storm before the event. I am not sure I would be interested in a book that was written so quickly unless it was well revised.

And then there are the people who submit their NaNo novel in December to agents an publishers.

I'll end on the - time spent writing the novel doesn't matter, time spent revising it is the most important. Three days (shudder!!!).

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Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:38 pm Post

In the 60s when it became fashionable to create all kinds of stuff very quickly, a British Bond-clone thriller was published whose selling-point was that it had been written in a fortnight. Out of interest, I read it. It was... not very good.

I do remember the author's name, but I won't mention it. :lol:
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Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:26 pm Post

I've been thinking about it, and three days is nothing. It's rubbish. Easy.
Three days is the slow option. The one taken by wimps and amateurs.

The trick is MANPOWER.

I reckon that with 50 or so reasonably literate individuals we could get a decent novella written in a day.
24 hours. Not a minute more.



Here is the plan:

- I come up with a skeleton story outline broken into 50 chunks.
- People sign up below to take part.
- When we have enough people, we set a date to GetItDone.
- At midnight on the morning of The Day, I send a Private Message to everyone with their own chunk to write. (People can sign up to do more than one chunk, but will need to commit to getting them done in the timescale - we will not have time to make good on missing sections)
- Everyone writes AT LEAST 1,500 words on their chunk. More if you like, but at least 1,500.
- Write in your own style (it'll be part of the charm). But make it grammatically correct. No typos.
- Chunks MUST be submitted by, say, 8pm the same day. (So that's a word every 48 seconds)
- I'll collate all the chunks into a single document in Scrivener, and then compile it.
- I'll then post it on the site as a file for everyone to read and enjoy by Midnight the same day.


Everyone will retain full copyright in their own section, but will grant others the right to distribute for non-commerical use. L&L should be able to use it on their site, I guess, but not for sale.
Everyone contributing will get a credit showing which bit they added.

Who's IN?

EDIT ////
The following people are in:
-michaelbywater
-kb
-amberv
-Cjmiltko
-kewms
-xiamenese (if we can get our act together by the end of August)

oh, and me makes 7.
Or 10,500 words. More needed, we're not looking at writing a short story here!
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Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:12 pm Post

You're on. I want to do the bit with the capering dwarf and the naked-except-for-Swarowski-crystal-collars women bearing bottles of Clive Christian perfume on trays beaten from the recovered copper-sheeting from sunken men-o'-war. That bit. That's the bit I want to do? Okay? You're on. Tell you what: I'll throw in an extra dwarf, gratis.

Seriously: fun idea. Count me in.

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Sat Aug 06, 2011 12:04 am Post

Sounds fun. I'll sit this one out (my supervisor would kill me if I directed writing time to anything other than my thesis this year) but will read the result with interest.

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Sat Aug 06, 2011 1:04 am Post

Count me in too. Only I'm not Michael Bywater. My last published piece of prose was a pissy and pretentious review in the Haringey Observer (or whatever it was called) of some nice old lady doing a one-woman play about the nurse from Romeo and Juliet. (I still want to kick the me that wrote that.) And a review of Fight Club, with the last (devastatingly incisive) paragraph cut off because I waffled too much. But if that doesn't count me out, then, er, count me in. I'll be omitting all commas and leaving those to Mr Bywater, though. Not that I'm still harping on about that, oh no.

Oh dear, I seem to be drunk. I like this idea though. Ask me again in the morning. Not that you asked me in the first place. Wait, I think I smell sherry.
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Sat Aug 06, 2011 2:02 am Post

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Sat Aug 06, 2011 2:09 am Post

Sign me up! That's a fantastic idea. I apologise in advance if my section sounds like a tutorial on how to compile an e-book. :)
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Sat Aug 06, 2011 2:18 am Post

I'd be in, too! Fun idea!

Just wonder how to work out the time zones between everyone.
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Sat Aug 06, 2011 2:21 am Post

Yeah, hitting 8pm CST or whatever, in New Zealand, might be difficult even on the best of days. As fun as it might be to have a compiled copy at the end of your day, basing the project in the U.S. probably isn't the best for the rest of the world. Maybe 8pm JST?

Sorry, I might be guilty of stereotyping based on that cowboy hat. Heh. You could be in Malaysia for all I know.
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Sat Aug 06, 2011 4:10 am Post

What the heck. Sign me up.

As long as there are swords. Or spaceships. Or, ideally, both.

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Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:01 am Post

AmberV wrote:Sorry, I might be guilty of stereotyping based on that cowboy hat. Heh. You could be in Malaysia for all I know.


I'm actually in London! The hat is a rare example of me following my own advice...
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Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:14 am Post

It is always said that C.S. Lewis wrote each of the Narnia books in a weekend. I guess it shows!

As for this ... if it's happening in August, sign me up as I'm on holiday — just trust to a day when the family don't take me over. If it is later than that, I'll be back in LotGFW, and won't have time.

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