Fast Draft Class – can I write 70,000 words in 14 days?

writerI just signed up for an online writing class called The Book in a Month Club, taught by Candace Havens. It was a spur of the moment decision,made without any research or consideration.  I saw a positive mention of the class, on the Writer Unboxed facebook page, moments after getting a $35 payment from Lulu for some of my nonfiction book sales. The class fee was $35. It seemed like a sign.

So, after I made the commitment I figured out what I was committing to. Havens teaches the Fast Draft method. Participants in this class are expected to produce 20 pages a day — a 70,000 word novel — in two weeks.

It makes National Novel Writing Month sound like a walk in the park. The NANO challenge is only 50,000 words and you have twice as long to do it.  It always left me feeling like a limp dishrag, my house a disaster, and my family neglected and irritated.

How can I possibly write 70,000 words in two weeks?

I watch after my grandchildren during the summer. This class starts tomorrow, May 25. School gets out on June 2.

My retired husband recently had knee replacement surgery and he is home in the house much more than usual.

Candace Haven says she will allow NO WHINING about lack of time, fatigue, or mental illness. So I’m doing my whining here before I start.

Oh my – what have I gotten myself into?

Goodbye for a month. I don’t think I’ll have time to blog or write book reviews until the end of June.



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2 Responses to Fast Draft Class – can I write 70,000 words in 14 days?

  1. johnvic8 says:

    Good luck, Carolyn. Hang tough.
    I’d be happy to get 700 words done. John

  2. I don’t see how it can be done, but the ‘class’ surely directs the way to TRY. Good for you. Whatever you accomplish will be a great discipline, a fine start to your next novel, and structure to give it a go. Keep us posted.

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