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Trying something new this weekend

Over the past few days I’ve been reading in various places of authours who do something which to me sounded frankly quite absurd – they write an entire book in a weekend. Yes, an entire book. Start to finish.

These authours do not profess to be writing the next best-seller, breaking through boundaries in their chosen genre or even that their finished product will be perfect. However, they do say that it is not only possible, but a healthy practise for any and all writers who wish to really make a go of things in the literary world.

The main principal behind this is how human nature and productivity reacts to deadlines, known as Parkinson’s Law: “Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.” If you have a week to complete a task, you will take a week to complete it. But the same task could be done in a day, if that is where the deadline sits.

Applying this adage to the writing of a book seems to be working for many authours. They are going from a blank page to the end of their manuscript in as little as two days, even allowing a few hours to read through their work and edit it. Seeing as I find my productivity wavering between the extremes, (and all too often sitting at the lower end of the scale) I have decided I shall give this a try.

The Kindle book How to Write a Book Over a Weekend guides any who would attempt such a venture with the preparation through to the execution of such a monumental task. I shall be following much of the advice in this book, and quite possibly will have a finished book to show for it, come Monday morning.

Have you ever set yourself a short deadline for writing? Do you have any other methods of time and productivity management that assist you with writing? If so, I’d love to hear about them.

2 thoughts on “Trying something new this weekend

  1. Good luck! I’d love to give it a try, but there’s too many distractions at home even if I did have more than just Saturday off from work. So I’ll be watching for your results in a kind of vicarious way, since it sounds so interesting but I’ll never get to know firsthand. Please keep us updated!

    1. Thank you 🙂 Of course I’ll be posting again Saturday night with a “midway update” and another one on Monday morning with the full-time results. Fingers crossed… I’m actually rather nervous!

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