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.