Lately I’ve been running across these ebooks about writing a novel in 100 days. I admit to being just the opposite of a skeptic (read: Rube) but I wonder how many folks try to eat this elephant in one sitting. I’m thinking a Costco sized jar of Tums would be needed for consuming an elephant in this manner.
On one hand, if the end result is a completed novel then I guess it could be an okay thing. On the other hand, what happened to the love of the craft? What happened to the pure joy that can only be had by building plot, characters and scenes, then rebuilding them as needed to make them work? I’m not sure that writing should be a meat grinder. Some things are just better when they are slow roasted instead of microwaved.
I’m thinking, wouldn’t it be cool if there had to be included as part of the cataloging of books a field for the number of days it took the author to complete the work? Of course I’m a statistics geek so that may be just me.
Now, I’ve been known to advocate the “write every day” premise. I think it makes a bit of sense in that it works to polish and hone your skills and it keeps you writing. If you write 2000 words a day and do that for a couple of months then I guess you really could write a novel in 100 days. I can write a couple thousand a day but I tend to spread them out over several projects for clients and myself. Unless I’ve got a brilliant concept rolling along in terms of novel writing I’m not too keen to torture myself by spending hours at the computer, pumping out dribble for dribble’s sake.
No post on this topic would be complete without mentioning National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Oh, and whoever coined that acronym needs to be taken out back and horse-whipped. But I digress natch – Ash
Every November, maniacal scribes from throughout the land sign on to write a novel length manuscript in 30 days. Quite a few are way successful at accomplishing this task and many have done it more than once. I think from a motivational perspective this is a very good thing. If someone ends up with a draft that they can then rework over a period of months then I say “Yee-Haw”.
I guess what I’m less fond of are “systems” that are promoted that give struggling new authors the impression that at the end of three months of daily writing, they will have a manuscript they can print and send off. I think that’s a bit disingenuous.
Heck, I’m no expert. What do you folks think? Have you ever done something like this? If so, what were the results? How about NaNoWriMo? How’d that work for ya?