Friday, June 25, 2010

OPB: Book in a Month, by Victoria Schmidt

I picked this up on a whim while looking for books to use as giveaways at my local chapter meeting. Then I thought I'd give it a try. Then I realized, the only way to write a book in a month, at least the way this author suggests it, requires an eight hour a day commitment, or a very short book. Think about it. If I wanted to write even a sixty thousand word book in a month, that's roughly 2,000 words a day writing. For me, that's approximately two hours (on average, if I don't stop for research – like the half hour spent last night viewing a video on the local ME's office – I can write 1,000 words an hour). Of course, I write romantic suspense, single title length. Now we're up to 3,000 words a day, unless I assume (this is a rough draft after all) that I'll add roughly 30,000 words in the revisions. So for now, we'll go with a very simple story for this rough draft, of about 55 – 60k. So I've got two hours of writing a day. That's fine. But day 2 of the BIAM program required me to write out ten scene cards. With characters, action, etc. Other days require other actions like creating character charts and so on. My writing day just became five hours long. I have a full-time job; I don't have five hours a day to write. I have three, since I think my co-workers would appreciate my continuing to do things like shower.

However...the information in the book—the ideas on structuring the process—I thought were very helpful – I just don't think I'm going to be kicking out twelve rough drafts a year!


Vixen Pearl said...
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Vixen Pearl said...

I tried it once, myself, Lara, (it was a paranormal, in a world I'd already been kicking around for a year) and I didn't particularly like the result. On the other hand, give me a few months and I might hand you a masterpiece. Maybe it all depends on inspiration? Or the individual project. Good luck with your latest!


Denny S. Bryce said...

Just leaving you a note to say hi! it was great meeting you at RWA#10! Hope we can keep in touch. If you tweet or are on facebook, please find me!