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A Book in 7 Days Challenge
RJBlain
Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 1:21 PM
Joined: 3/13/2011
Posts: 224


Greetings!

Because I felt I was stagnating a bit and needed to get out some serious words quickly, a few other BookCountry people and I are going to do something that classifies as complete insanity:

We're going to write a short book in 7 days. 60,000 words, 7 days. There are no rules. The only thing that matters is that you get the words out.

We're starting June 20, 2011 At 12:01 AM -- I hope anyone that needs a little motivation to write might give this a try. Success isn't reaching 60,000 words, but making the effort to try.

Good luck if you participate

Danielle Bowers
Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 1:23 PM
Joined: 3/16/2011
Posts: 280


Count me in RJ!

Thanks to the advice you gave me on a project yesterday, I'll be starting a massive rewrite. I love having a goal in mind so lets get out the industrial sized coffee pots and get cracking.
NoellePierce
Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 1:25 PM
Joined: 3/14/2011
Posts: 227


You're right--that IS insanity. I might be able to join in, though I can't promise 60k. I have a 30k novella I could write...

It all depends on the timing. I think that's the week I have summer break from work. *running to check the calendar*
RJBlain
Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 1:30 PM
Joined: 3/13/2011
Posts: 224


Like I said, there are no rules! All that matters is that you try I really hope both of you end up doin' the challenge

I'll be writing a thriller, I think -- something to let me totally clear my thoughts and do something outside of my normal box. Should be a lot of fun.
NoellePierce
Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 1:35 PM
Joined: 3/14/2011
Posts: 227


It's not my vacation week, but I won't have major grading to do until the weekend, so I'll say I'm in. (My crit partners are gonna kill me).
Cleo Lomax
Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 10:23 PM
Joined: 6/16/2011
Posts: 7


I am new to book country, but as I said on twitter, I will be joining.
Danielle Bowers
Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 10:30 PM
Joined: 3/16/2011
Posts: 280


Welcome to Book Country!
RJBlain
Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 10:36 PM
Joined: 3/13/2011
Posts: 224


Welcome to BookCountry!! Glad to see you've made your way over here... this challenge should be a whole lot of fun.
Cleo Lomax
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 4:24 AM
Joined: 6/16/2011
Posts: 7


I was thinking, for those on twitter, perhaps we should do a hashtag like 1week1novel, or 60in7Days? Or do we just want to use the #bookcountry hash tag?
RJBlain
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 4:49 AM
Joined: 3/13/2011
Posts: 224


I'm open to any of those, 1week1novel sounds like a good tag
Danielle Bowers
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 4:50 AM
Joined: 3/16/2011
Posts: 280


How about #BC1W1N?
RJBlain
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 5:09 AM
Joined: 3/13/2011
Posts: 224


Oooh, I like BC1w1n
Cleo Lomax
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 5:34 AM
Joined: 6/16/2011
Posts: 7


The point of a hash tag is to make people who see it in your feed curious enough to look isnt it? I think 1week1novel would make people more curious because, seriously who the heck writes a novel in a week? BC1w1n doesn't spark any curiosity to me.
RJBlain
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 5:50 AM
Joined: 3/13/2011
Posts: 224


OK, yea, you have a really good point there -- we can always hastag Bookcountry with 1week1novel too That makes it simple -- I'll be tweeting to #1week1novel with my progress on my writing
Robert C Roman
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 11:48 AM
Joined: 3/12/2011
Posts: 383


OK, it's insane, but I really need to kick my @$$ into gear on at least one of the many projects I'm juggling. I'll finish the final round of edits on WNTF this weekend and be ready for the INSANITY on Monday. I'm thinking the next piece of Iron Angel, 'cause my publisher wants that one, but we'll see at 12:01.

Re - hashtags - I've always thought the *purpose* of hashtags on Twitter was to let groups have conversations. Essentially, hashtag + filter = 'room'. A descriptive one will garner good interest, but takes up character space. I'd go with 1WeekNovel myself. But I'm strange, everyone says so. Beside that, I'm not on Twitter much during the school year.

If we're looking to trend this, then we need a catchy hashtag, and it doesn't have to have anything to do with the purpose of the tag. A friend who used to sell balls of tape and other bits of 'office sculpture' on eBay always got good responses from Death Metal Pancakes.
RJBlain
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 1:34 PM
Joined: 3/13/2011
Posts: 224


Glad to see you joining us, Robert! This should really be a lot of fun
But definitely, definitely insane. I hope this gets my rump into gear too, I definitely need it!
Lisa Hoekstra
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 3:48 PM
Joined: 5/10/2011
Posts: 89


I'll try, but I have no hopes of actually completing a novel in one week!!!

Will definitely follow and contribute to the hashtag stuff... Does it have to be a completely new project or can I use Silver Darkness?? (it's only got one chapter right now...)


RJBlain
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 4:29 PM
Joined: 3/13/2011
Posts: 224


Lisa: There are no rules, literally. Write what you want, how you want! Just try to get as many words out on the page as possible on one of your projects!
Danielle Bowers
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 4:40 PM
Joined: 3/16/2011
Posts: 280


Actually, I retract the BC1w1n hashtag, Cleo is right about the 1week1novel drawing interest.
Stevie McCoy
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 5:20 PM
Joined: 5/5/2011
Posts: 38


This task is crazy, but kudos on the effort. I will not be able to participate much next week, got a wedding on the weekend, a gig to support a friend at, school, work, next week is crazy already but however I will partcipate in a mini excusion this weekend to make up for not being able to join.
Cleo Lomax
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 9:42 PM
Joined: 6/16/2011
Posts: 7


Weekends are booked from here till December and I have two hospital visits somewhere mid week (to check my son's heart) so really I am going to end up with about 4.5 days of writing. I still plan to try
J Michael Whitman
Posted: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 3:17 PM
Joined: 9/7/2011
Posts: 1


New to Book Country and this thread looked intriguing! How did everyone do on their challenge?
Cleo Lomax
Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 11:54 PM
Joined: 6/16/2011
Posts: 7


I think the only one who truly "won" was Sharon T.Rose everyone else put forth great efforts though.

I have done this again, approximately once a month till recently. My newborn got big enough to try to control the keyboard so I can't really write that way for awhile. Once she is past the grab the keyboard and smash the keys phase I will probably resume doing this once a month, probably during the first or second week.
 

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