Friday, March 15, 2013

How I wrote an entire book in 15 days!

On February 20th I (along with my wonderful friend C Michelle Jefferies) realized we both had the same goal date for our various writing projects.  I had decided that day that I was going to write my second novel in 100 days.  (Starting February 20th, finishing on June 1st) and that was that. We created the group 'The 100 Project' and so it began . . . .

Not long after (about two days I think it was) my bestest friend Lizzy declared a writing race.  And so my fingers went flying, and my word count jumped.  And I realized, I could have the book done so much faster than June 1st.

On March 3rd, the true battle began.  It started with a poem I posted on Facebook.  *WARNING* Though it may seem we hate each other, these were all written with a laugh and are not intended to hurt anyone. We were both laughing the entire time.  Also just so there is no confusion, if I won, Lizzy is buying me a journal. If Lizzy wins, I have to take her to Olive Garden.  (And while some find the price difference between those prizes unfair, we don't. It is what we each wanted.)

This was the first poem. The one that started the battle.
And so Lizzy replied with this. 

To which I answered with this.  

And here is what Lizzy had to say about that.  This one actually scared me. Could Lizzy actually win? 

Okay really, I get it. I'm not a poet. You can quit laughing at my lack of rhyming skills. 

Okay, when Lizzy posted this one I ACTUALLY started to get worried that she was going to win. 

Alright I am actually quite proud of this one EVEN IF I didn't finish the book at 75k.
Not the first draft anyway.
Right about now is when I started to panic.  Never before had I seen Lizzy writing so fast.  

And right about now I knew I had it down. There wasn't any way I was going to let Lizzy out write me!

Lizzy posted this and I thought "Wow, she is really pushing this! She really might beat me." 

Right about now there were a few more but honestly, I lost track of them all. But no worries, you get the picture.  

I posted this one and it didn't even get a rhyming reply. Just a comment! 

But as I said before, I knew I would win, not a doubt in my mind (Okay yeah that's a huge lie! I was so worried that she was going to beat me and all these poems would be so embarrassing  . .well they still are but not for the same reasons).

And on March 6th I posted this poem, a victory poem with my victory picture! 

Aren't I so great at rhyming?? I know, I know, I should sell my poems for millions! 
Pages: 200 ~ Words: 48,864 ~ Start Date: February 20th ~ Finish Date: March 6.  ~
Days I wrote it in: 15. (Exceeding my previous record of 18 days) 

Yeah that's right! Lizzy is getting me a journal! But don't get me wrong. I was honestly worried that Lizzy was gonna kick my butt, humiliate me, and still make me take her to Olive Garden.  (Don't tell her but I'm still planning on taking her to Olive Garden.) 

Oh yeah, and my goal now is to have the book written, revised, edited, polished, perfected, and ready for submission by June 1st.  

And THAT is how I wrote a book in fifteen days! 
With my bestie pushing me, racing me, and making it a competition.  

Oh yes, and here is a picture of my victory journal!


  1. That is SO COOL! I LOVE all those poems! And well done for getting your book done in 15 days. Wow. I wish I could write that fast!

    1. Thank you, and thank you! We had a blast! And thank you! We had so much fun and yeah, writing a book that fast just blew my mind. I couldn't believe I actually did it. :)

  2. This makes me laugh! I engage in the friendly trash talk, too! And my writer's group member actually owes me a copy of Heavy Rain because I wrote my novel before he did. :D

    1. I'm so glad it made you laugh! Haha we had such a blast! And every time one of us posted a poem, friends would comment and be like "Well this is entertaining!" And we would both laugh. Tons of fun!

      Haha oh that's hilarious! I think racing is the best motivation possible. It doesn't even matter if you win! (Haha I say that but I've won every time) :D

  3. What a wonderful way to compete! It made me laugh too--such creativity!

    Stopping by today as a participant in the A to Z Blogging Challenge at and

    THANK YOU for hosting!

    1. Haha it was pretty fantastic! And so glad you laughed. :) Thank you, thank you!

      So glad you stopped by! Can't wait for the challenge to start. I will totally be stopping by!

      And you are so welcome!