What the hell. I want to do something a writer like Earle Stanley Gardner did on a regular basis. Seems like he could write an entire Perry Mason novel in a little over a month's time. And he put out a TON of them while he lived. Now the quality of writing might be something to be desired (although I happen to like his clean, terse style) nevertheless, the quantity of his work is impressive.

So I'm thinking, why not give it a try? Why not hammer out a Turner Hahn/Frank Morales novel . . . say 300 pages . . . in 60 days? And could I write it that fast and make it a 'good' read at the same time?

I've got a catchy title. 'Madness.' I've an opening scene that will capture the reader's attention almost immediately. Now all I have to do is create a story line around the opening scene.

I think I'll give it a try.

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Comment by B.R.Stateham on July 7, 2010 at 2:02pm
Its funny, but as I'm writing the opening scene a plot (well, the bare outline of a plot) seems to form deep down in the subconscience. So I got six pages today and a general idea where Chapter Two is going tomorrow.
Comment by Camille LaGuire on July 7, 2010 at 1:55pm
It's definitely doable. It helps to have people cheering you on. I wrote a short novel in 4 pages a day for 60 days. I think that's a good pace, actually, and I try to keep to it, although at the moment I'm rewriting rather than writing, so it's harder to track the progress.

I use my blog as an ongoing novel dare to keep me honest. Some people tweet their daily word counts with the #amwriting or #writegoal tags too. If you think people are watching (even if they aren't) you tend to keep it up a little longer.
Comment by Jack Getze on July 7, 2010 at 8:41am
Keep us posted, BR. I have friends who try this every year during National Writing Month. I would think the overdrive might work, but haven't tried it myself. At the very least you'd have a first draft of something.
Comment by I. J. Parker on July 7, 2010 at 8:06am
You're a brave man! :) And for that matter, it may work. Who knows, under pressure a plot may come more quickly.

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