50K in a Month? I’ll Raise You 60K in a Weekend!

Well another November has come and is now halfway finished. I’m sure many of you NaNoers out there are looking at your futile word counts laid low from having to recover from Ebola, hunt down turkeys for the upcoming Thanksgiving feast, or just plain old procrastination. You might be thinking about packing it up and trying for next year already. But fear not, I come with tidings of hope!

For those of you who want to try and cram-write your way to an amazing finish, why not try the Michael Moorcock method? For those of you who don’t know, Moorcock is a prolific pulp fantasy writer, most notable for writing the adventures of Elric of Melnibone. Apparently part of his prolificness comes from churning out drafts over the course of a single weekend. Naturally this takes a lot of planning and isn’t simply about throwing down words on a page, but the writing portion of the endeavor is condensed to the three day period.

So if you’re far behind on your NaNoWriMo story, or whatever it is you happen to be working on, why not give it a whirl? Take this weekend, or even the upcoming week, to pull together some plots, imagery, and characters, and then see if you can pull it all together over the final weekend and throw down the amazing finish that no one is expecting.

Now go forth and write!


2 thoughts on “50K in a Month? I’ll Raise You 60K in a Weekend!

  1. Even if I had every aspect of my plot planned, I don’t know if I could write fast enough or sit in my office chair long enough to make a whole draft happen in a weekend. That is crazy — but very inspirational. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yeah, I’m not entirely sure I could do it either. I don’t think I’m the greatest cram writer, but I thought it was interesting. I’d never heard of anyone writing a whole book that fast, haha.

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