Book in a week

I’ve accepted the challenge that starts today in a workshop I’m taking. It’s the Book-in-a-week workshop with April Kihlstrom as instructor.

The challenge? Type a complete first draft of my work in progress in one week and one week only. That means… no revising as I go. That means, whatever scene pops into my head is the one I should write. That means keeping my inner critic bound and gagged until the week is over – longer if possible.

That means pushing WAY past my comfort zone. Writing a book in a week without revising as I go is the same to me as jumping from a plane without a parachute. Okay, for me, the non-adventurous type, it’s more like going over a speed bump without putting on the brakes. 😕

I am a rule follower. I don’t like to make waves and I don’t like to upset those around me… including myself. And so, this book in a week challenge, challenges me on many levels. I have to break the rules I set for myself which say every word I write has to have a purpose. Every scene must draw a reader into the heart and mind of my characters. Every page must contain several sense-stirring phrases that will place the reader right there in the scene. To accomplish a book in a week, I must simply write what’s in my head despite how sparse it might be. Can I do it? Well… I can certainly try. And posting here commits me to the process… hopefully that’s all I’ll wind up committed to. 😯

I’ll check in as often as I can to keep you posted and to keep myself answerable to someone. I have a new ticker right there to the right of this post…….. see it? It’s next to the picture of beautiful Tiffy. I’ll move that slider each time I complete a chapter. I should tell you, because I’m an honest soul, that I already have three solid chapters completed and seventeen left to go. Three solid chapters is a lot to me. “Three” means I’m committed to the work… ah, ‘committed’ there’s that word again. I hope that’s not some kind of forshadowing…

3 Responses to Book in a week

  • All power to you with your WRITE A BOOK IN A WEEK challenge, Debora. Although I’m sure you have your story plot solid, writing it fast ensures that you won’t forget where the story is going. You won’t deal with the demon of phraseology. Too much boring description slows the pace. I’m wishing you all the best on this valid pursuit.

  • I know you can do it, Debora. Let your house get messy. Maybe your daughter can help cook. Go for it!

  • Thanks for the votes of confidence ladies!!! One page down and… several hundred to go. LOL. I confess… I’ve already revised that one page three times and I’m here now not so much to post my accomplishment as to avoid doing more. Well… I did say I was honest. 🙄
    Onward!
    ~Debbie

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