Want to write a book with me?

Got 506 words of Dreaming the Dead tonight, and put my MC in a situation where she’s not sure if she’s been captured by friendlies or enemies.

And I realized what I’m doing right now creates a perfect opportunity for folks who want to write a novel but who need a bit of a boost to get it done.

I’m doing between 250 and 500 words per night, Monday through Friday.

If you want to pace me and write a book of your own, I’ll set this up a couple different ways.

BEGINNER: You can do the minimum words every night I write. At 250 words per night, you’ll finish a 100K novel (normal length) before or at the same time I finish my novel.

INTERMEDIATE: You can pace me—get my word count from the blog every day and match that, take days off on the days that for one reason or another I can’t work. You’ll finish a 100K novel way before me.

ADVANCED: You can pick your own wordcount, and just sign in as often as you like to report your progress.

This is a low-pressure gig: The idea is just for you to get the feel of writing a book by doing small amounts consistently. I’ll finish novel, so I’m a good pace rabbit, and for this book, I’m not working at the insane high-pressure speeds that make people think “I could never do that.”

You can do this. So. Want to? If you do, just post a reply to this message, and I’ll set up a thread that you can, if you wish, subscribe to so you’ll get your next day’s word count as soon as I finish my writing every night.

Let me know.

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97 comments… add one
  • Red_dot Jun 29, 2009 @ 16:10

    I’m in, I just started writing last week. I made an outline, 17 chapters. I finished chapter 1 with about 4700 words. Chapter 2 has bogged me down 1100 words. Moving onto Chapter 3 going nicely 579 words. Plus I wrote the ending to my book (424) words. So all together for today I wrote (part of CH2) +579+424 = 1241 words for Monday.

  • Shar Jun 29, 2009 @ 15:21

    I’m in! Can’t wait to start.

  • Johanna Wistrand Jun 29, 2009 @ 15:13

    Johanna in Sweden would like to participate!

  • Silke Jun 29, 2009 @ 15:06

    Sooo…. where do we update the status? πŸ™‚
    With a comment?

  • Blair Jun 29, 2009 @ 14:59

    This is exactly what I need to get my groove back! Thanks for offering, Holly — I’m in, too!

  • Patti Jun 29, 2009 @ 14:14

    Me, too! I’m in!!

  • lisa-marie Jun 29, 2009 @ 13:23

    This sounds like exactly what I need!

  • Rei Jun 29, 2009 @ 13:10

    Wow, this sounds like a great idea. πŸ™‚
    That would help me a lot finishing my novel.

  • Tina Hunter Jun 29, 2009 @ 12:55

    I’m In.

    I have one chapter left to write on my current novel and have Novel #2 waiting patiently in the wings. This is just what I need to finish #1, and continue the momentum right into #2.

    So excited. Thanks.

  • Nancy Sampson-Bach Jun 29, 2009 @ 12:49

    You are just chock full of fabulous ideas. Yes, please, count me in!

  • Deneice Bausley Jun 29, 2009 @ 12:19

    That’s just the idea I need. Count me in.

  • Bren Jun 29, 2009 @ 12:18

    yay! Count me in, please. Sounds like a great idea and just the shot in the arm I’m needing.

    BTW, do you ever get discouraged and stall in the middle of a project because you think it’s crap and no one will ever want to read it? Well you probably don’t, but… That’s how I’m feeling about my novel right now (a 5 year labor of love-hate). It’s hard to muster the courage to work on it these days.

    • Holly Lisle Jun 29, 2009 @ 13:07

      ROFL. Good God, yes. For a bit of a horror story, start at the beginning of the Wreck of Heaven category, and read from the first post at the bottom of the page up through the writing of that book. You’ll see all freakin’ sorts of discouraged, frustrated, and frequently bewildered, as well as a major love-hate relationship with a novel.

      And the first post (which was my first EVER blog post) starts with the question “Does the book suck?”

      Yeah. I’ve been there.

  • Virginia Gruver Jun 29, 2009 @ 12:02

    I think this is great. Count me in.

  • Brittany Jun 29, 2009 @ 11:57

    I’m in! But I started a new novel yeterday, and I’m 1,000 words into it. Can I use that?

  • jennifer blanchard Jun 29, 2009 @ 11:46

    Hey Holly,

    Great idea! I was going to hold off on writing my second novel until the end of the summer when my schedule calms down a bit… but you’ve inspired me! I think I’m going to write my second novel with you!

  • Danielle Jun 29, 2009 @ 11:12

    That sounds like fun!!!

  • Carol Jun 29, 2009 @ 11:08

    Yes, please! And thank you for a great blog and all the fabulous writer crash tests!

  • Emily Jun 29, 2009 @ 10:56

    Yes Please!

  • Shia Jun 29, 2009 @ 10:47

    Great idea Holly, and tons of positive responce already.

    I’m in too. I want to see if I can handle doing two projects at once, and this would be a great way to help me keep pace on the second one so that it doesn’t become lost.

  • Patrick Jun 29, 2009 @ 10:22

    I short, yes, in long…ummm…definitely yes!

  • Ann Jun 29, 2009 @ 10:04

    I’ll be there! Excellent idea!!!

  • Anna Nilsson Jun 29, 2009 @ 9:56

    Yes! I`ll be with you in your writing!

  • Erin Turbitt Jun 29, 2009 @ 9:35

    Count me in, Holly! Looking forward to a kick in the pants.

  • Anambika Jun 29, 2009 @ 9:11

    Holly, I like to boast! E.g. Day before yesterday, after writing my comment on your β€˜Men-Women-Sex’ post, I really dived into my writing and finished 1200 words in three hours. Afterwards I spent about two hours proof reading, just spelling mistakes and word omissions. My typing could not keep pace with my thoughts. However I am not satisfied with some parts of it. I would sleep over it, get back to it, and retouch it. I am already at 22500 words / 5 chapters. See? Boasting! Yuck! So you be the pace rabbit, I’ll be the boasting rabbit (of that Rabbit Tortoise story). Let’s see!!! I’m not joking, I’m serious. Can you tell me, if I am doing the right thing by sleeping over my words and retouching them later?

  • MistriHelen Jun 29, 2009 @ 8:46

    This sounds like a great idea. I’m right at the beginning of a novel and 250 words a day as the bare minimum is just what I need to motivate myself and get back into the writing regularly business πŸ™‚

  • Dewayne Jun 29, 2009 @ 8:21

    Absolutely Holly,
    Been wanting (and failing) to do a minimumwordaday thing for a while, this may be just what I need! πŸ™‚

  • Maryse Jun 29, 2009 @ 8:06

    I was already doing this unofficially πŸ™‚ Following your example, I lowered my wordcount to a minimum of 250 words a day for the past week. For the moment, I really like it. It’s easier to find time and to keep up with the pace. I end up writing more than when I HAD to write at least a thousand words or I wouldn’t bother to sit and write. And the time I spent writing is more enjoyable. The best I had in a long time.

    So yeah, it would be great to do it officially πŸ˜‰

  • Imke Jun 29, 2009 @ 7:51

    I would love to, thanks!

  • Sam Jun 29, 2009 @ 7:32

    I’m in too. I need to get a rhythm going after about 2 years off writing!

  • Andrea Jun 29, 2009 @ 7:30

    I’m in!

  • tamlyn Jun 29, 2009 @ 6:59

    Count me in for the intermediate schedule πŸ˜€

  • Gerhi Janse van Vuuren Jun 29, 2009 @ 6:28

    Like Tori I am already doing the Sideways course so effectively I am already writing a book in the next six months or so, right?

    But since I am an over ambitious eager beaver that could do with twenty kicks in the backside every day I am going to figure out how to do this. I’ll be doing the basic 250 words a day figuring that this will be a second book I am working on.

    But the fact that you are already at 506 words puts us at a disadvantage. How long should we take to plan our writing project before we start matching word counts?

  • Pat Jun 29, 2009 @ 4:59

    Please, and thank you. πŸ™‚

  • Rhiannon Jun 29, 2009 @ 4:19

    Not sure how this could work for me because I’ve got several ideas but am fairly blank on, y’know, plots for them, but… maybe instead of novel words I can do planning words initially. Good timing, too, it’s the mid-year break between semesters starting *today*!

  • Brian M. Jun 29, 2009 @ 3:44

    I’d love the kick in the pants, count me in. I work midnight to eight sitting at a desk all night and have the time, but not the motivation. I’m taking the TS course as well, so I’m looking forward to this.

  • Ieva Jun 29, 2009 @ 3:23

    As if I wasn’t measurin’ up anyway πŸ˜‰
    (Sadly, I’m out since I’ve set up my own wordcounts to meet. But I’m keeping an eye on your project nevertheless.)

  • Minze Jun 29, 2009 @ 3:07

    Thanks for the offer, Holly. I’m in.

  • Brian P. Jun 29, 2009 @ 2:35

    Excellent! I’ll work in the Beginner category, but I love this idea!

  • Michelle Jun 29, 2009 @ 2:01

    Crawling out of lurkerdom to say…I’m in too! πŸ™‚

  • Tyler D. Jun 29, 2009 @ 1:42

    This is a great idea! I’d love to do this!

  • Julia GD Jun 29, 2009 @ 1:09

    Since I am already trying to do just that, I’d love to join. I am sure it would be a great motivation to do some writing every night.
    I probably would not be very consistent, but 250 words/day sounds like a necessary minimum.
    So please, sign me it!

  • Jamie D. Jun 29, 2009 @ 0:59

    Sounds like great motivation for a WIP I just started. Thanks for offering to be our “pace rabbit” – I’m in! πŸ™‚

  • Sharon Jun 29, 2009 @ 0:51

    I’m in, too!

  • Andreas Jun 29, 2009 @ 0:44

    Great idea! I’m in too πŸ™‚

  • Tori Jun 29, 2009 @ 0:24

    I would love to do this with you Holly! Although…technically I already am because I am taking your Thinking Sideways course. This is a great idea for those of us who can’t write insane word counts each day.

  • Lacey Savage Jun 28, 2009 @ 23:10

    What a fantastic idea! Yes, please count me in. πŸ™‚

  • naomi Jun 28, 2009 @ 23:08

    Absolutely! I need the kick in the pants and figure if you can write while balancing all the other important and cool things you do, I can too!

  • C. Clark Jun 28, 2009 @ 23:07

    I would be interested in this, but I’m wondering – does said novel need to be new? I have two WIP’s and I can’t take on a thrid.

  • Breia Brickey Jun 28, 2009 @ 23:04

    I would definitely like to write a book with you. Count me in.

  • Brian Cansler Jun 28, 2009 @ 23:00

    This sounds like yet another one of your excellent ideas! I’d love to! :]

    If you can write with a family to take care of, I can write with 18 college credit hours. That’s my opinion.

    Best wishes,

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