Can I Write a Novelette in Seven Days?


Screen capture of the Zombie Pirate Publishing Facebook page.

That’s the challenge from Zombie Pirate Publishing. Actually Adam and Sam have given us less time than that since according to the JavaScript counter on their main page, I’ve got (as of this writing) just a hair over 5 days and 21 hours. So far I’ve hammered out 2,180 words, but the target word count is between 12,500 and 15,000, so I’ve got a bit of work to do, including plotting the story as I go along.

I actually had a 10,000 word tale that would have fit with a bit of expansion, but this project requires that the work be developed completely from scratch, with authors posting their word counts on a daily basis.

Of course, there’s no guarantee that my story will be selected, and less than a week isn’t much time to write plus edit and polish.

Wish me luck. I don’t even have a title for my “And Man Grew Proud” dystopian themed missive yet, but I do have a starting point and a path to the last page.

6 thoughts on “Can I Write a Novelette in Seven Days?

  1. Last night, I wrote 2,180 words before going to bed. I’ve been writing all afternoon into the evening and added 10,651 for a total of 12,831. I’m done with the first draft and have (as of this writing) 6 days, 8 hours, and an odd number of minutes to edit the thing and then submit it. Sorry to be such an eager beaver, but I was on a roll. Oh yeah, imagine trading one global crisis for another.


  2. According to the official timer, I’ve got 3 days, 19 hours, and an odd number of minutes to submit my story. As of last night’s editing, I’m at almost 14,000 words (word count limit is 15,000) with all of the plot holes fixed. Now it’s just a matter of searching for orphaned quotation marks, lost commas, and the occasional awkwardly worded phrase. That’s the plan for today.


  3. I had what I considered a brilliant idea this morning and so did some minor reworking of the story (which took much of the day) and then just now added a “surprise” ending which will automatically connected it to another 10,000 story I’ve already crafted, making it the foundation, potentially, for a full scale novel, or at least make it a short novella.


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