[Note: This post was written by guest contributor Beth Hayden, a social media expert and author of Pinfluence: The Complete Guide to Marketing Your Business with Pinterest.]
When I was writing a proposal for my recent book on Pinterest marketing for John Wiley and Sons, my prospective editor asked how quickly I might be able to write the manuscript.I thought it over and came up with my most aggressive possible timetable: four months. In reply, the editor asked, “Could you do it in six weeks?” “Six weeks? To write a whole BOOK?” I thought. “Is she insane?” But if the editor of a major publishing house wants to give you a book deal — and you won’t get the contract unless you agree to a ridiculously tight timeline — you say yes. And then you figure out how to write a book in six weeks. So that’s exactly what I did. How did I write 35,000 words in six weeks? Read on for my best tips on writing under incredibly short deadlines.
We’re one week into National Novel Writing Month! How’s your book coming along? Crafting perfect prose with a deadline looming isn’t easy. For those of you looking for a little extra encouragement or guidance, we’ve found a great article on CopyBlogger.com that should help keep things focused as the clock ticks down.
Some of the tips they share seem geared towards creating compelling informational/instructional writing, but the basic principles could just as easily be applied to fiction.