How to Write a Draft in 16 Days #writingtips #indieauthors #writers

Posted by on July 15, 2013 in Writing | 0 comments

For those new to the party, I tried out something a little stupid and wrote a full length draft in 16 days. People on Twitter had a lot of questions about it, so I decided to write a series of posts detailing the steps I took within those 16 days.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Those four steps took 2 days, in which I was already off and running writing as I worked them out. After that, I just maintained roughly 5k words a night until I reached the end.

To be completely honest, I missed one night due to a mandatory overnight project elsewhere. However, a few nights broke 7k words, so I made it up in no time. When trying to meet a goal, I generally only count negatives but not pluses.

For example, if I was breaking even, then wrote 7k words, I don’t consider the project 2k words ahead. I will still aim for 5k the next night, not 3k. But if I’m behind 1k, the I will try to write 6k the next.

I use that method with pretty much anything I’m working on, and it tends to even out in the end. Otherwise, I get off track because I’m “ahead” and everything derails.

Just final notes. YYMV.

Good luck, and let me know if you try this and how it goes! Even if you don’t want to do the 5k a night part, following steps 1-4 will likely help your project along anyway.

What is the fastest you have written a draft? How long did it take? What was the word count?