I received a copy of Scott King’s THE 5 DAY NOVEL as a Christmas gift, although I just got around to reading it. So while I sat and read at Panera Bread, it was Christmas in summertime for me. Loved this book and it has inspired me to work smarter, not harder.
This title is available on Amazon and the is linked below:
The title of this book blew my mind. I couldn’t imagine writing a novel in five days. I completed NaNoWriteMo last November and completed my 50K words within a 28 day period, but that didn’t count the revision I’m currently working on.
And I have to admit, after NaNoWriteMo, I felt brain-dead. So how could Scott King claim that this thing–this five-day novel–is do-able let alone advisable?
I was not disappointed by this purchase. King’s writing style is extremely conversational–and he may actually use the word Poop more than I did that one year when I got in some trouble for using it–but that’s another story for another post.
King actually did the five-day novel himself in five days. He allowed 120 hours to prewrite, draft, draft more, rewrite, and polish the work–including line-editing.
Mind you, King is a young man, married to a woman with a prestigious professional job, and he appears to have no children (from what I could glean from the text.)
Having children throws a big kink into the five day thing, from the way I look at my own life, but you know something, that doesn’t mean this book isn’t for you.
In fact, fellow writers who also parent, what King said that got me was the whole 120 hours thing. When I looked at how long I worked on NaNoWriteMo last November, that’s about the number of hours I used to draft my work.
And so, I figure, with some tweaking, I could actually achieve this 120 hour thing as a full-process novel if I were to be strategic about the time I put myself on the five-day clock.
And no, for me, it wouldn’t–couldn’t be five days. Too many responsibilities to my progeny. But I could do 120 hours that I structure very carefully to fulfill King’s parameters.
That being said, King offers much wonderful advice here to writers–even those of us with MFA’s. I bookmarked a few of his pages that illuminated things for me I have long struggled with.
Another cool thing about this book is that King uses his own novel, Ameriguns, to illustrate how he wrote the five-day novel. King is an indie-writer who gives the rest of us the hope and the tools to get the job done.
This book is well worth the $9.99 price on Amazon for paperback. Kindle price is free as of this writing, but as of the publication of this post, it could change. Either way, it’s worth a purchase if you think you might want to go balls to the wall with your next manuscript or you’re looking for a new way to manage your writing-life.