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18 days


As an exercise, I planned to complete a draft of a short novel within a calendar month – September.  I began on the 1st and completed the draft it on 18th, so I had twelve days left. It’s about 25,000 words in total, and it’s quite sweet, but it needs editing. I’m going to put it away until next year.

What I’ve learned from the experience is that rushing into the work like this – doing the whole 30-day draft thing – severely narrows perspective. I like to let a story breathe as I write. I like to be able sit back and think.

However, if I want to force something through, if it needs writing, so long as I can go back and edit at a later date, it’s a viable route.


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