Monday, September 1, 2008

Book in a Day

by Lee Ann Setzer

For the last four years, I've written a book in a week or two. The source materials for the Tiny Talks series usually come out in July, and the galleys are due by Aug. 1 or so. Not exactly a leisurely book, but it's not a huge book, so it works okay.

So, just to make things more interesting, the source materials weren't available until the last part of August this year! I had already been toying with the idea of trying to write the whole book in a day, but that suddenly changed from an interesting thought question to a necessity. Spent one whole day in the library coming up with ideas for the talks, then another whole day writing. Here are the stats: fifteen hours, 10, 000 words written, and about ten words spoken to anyone during that time ("Roast chicken breast on wheat. Toasted. No onions. Thanks.")

For you 6,000 or so Tiny Talks fans, it's going to be a great year! For me, too, if I can bleeding bed...