A Novel in a Week?

Wow! Cosy crime (and fellow Crooked Cat Publishing) author, David W Robinson, is attempting a gruelling challenge: 

Write a novel in a week!

When I asked him about it, this is what he had to say:

Here’s a stupid idea. I’m going to write a novel in week.

So when you’ve all stopped laughing and questioning my sanity, you’ll ask why. The answer is… because I’m bored. It’s not a bet and it’s not for charity, it’s just to see whether or not I can do it.

I begin next Monday morning, July 9th 2012, and work through to Sunday 15th, and at the end of that seven days, I expect to have 60,000-70,000 words written. Not a publishable novel, just a good first draft.

And if I get there, what happens to the finished project? At some stage I’ll bring it up to spec and Crooked Cat will get first refusal. If they don’t want it, I’ll probably self-publish.

Would you like to follow my progress? Aside from writing over 10,000 words a day, I’ll also be blogging my exploits at http://novelinaweek.blogspot.co.uk/ and you’re welcome to join me. 

Good luck, David! I'm sure to follow your updates.

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  1. Good luck mate, have fun.

  2. Fun? F-f-f-f-fun? If I really wanted to have fun, I'd limp through town wearing placard reading, "Need new knees, all donations accepted."

    This is more lunatic. It's like walking down the middle lane of the M1 against the traffic during the rush hour saying, "Go on. I dare you."

    BTW, Cathie, how come you reactions are only, "funny" "interesting" and "cool"? Where are "Barmpot" adn "Lock this idiot away for his own good"?

    Seriously, thanks for the opportunity to spout. I'm already champing at the bit, ready to go. Quite how far I'll get remains to be seen.

  3. I'm sure you'll make it all the way, David, despite floods, rain and your dog.

  4. Well , I'll add : Completement dementiel or completely insane ... haha ... seriously ... only a man can think AND do a thing like that ... LOL

    What do you think Cathie !?

  5. You'll do it in three days...name that tune! Er, I mean novel! Good luck David! x

  6. What's your current record for a speedy first draft? I wrote the first draft of my first ever novel in two weeks after reading Rachel Aaron's blog post about writing 10,000 words a day. For obvious reasons, I recommend giving that a quick read before starting on your journey! And good luck!

  7. Wow, go you! I'm happy with 10k a week. I obviously need to try harder.

    1. Shelley, I'm with you there. My brain would go mushy at David's rate...


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