How does it practically work?
How much time do I have to put in?
What do I technically need?
Can I write a non-fiction or memoir?
Can I form a group?
Which is better, an online or group class
What if I don't finish?
From the start date you will receive a daily lesson via email. Each mail will have a lesson and an exercise for you to do that day. You will spend the first month plotting your book and the modules will tell you exactly how to do this. Then you will start to write the actual book. This is a very structured course based on my work as a writing coach that will take you into plotting your book and writing it. At the end of every week you will send us some exercises so we can check you are on track.
Just stick to the rules and take it one week at a time. Most of the hard planning work will be upfront during the first 20 days. Once you have your concept and plot, the writing is going to flow
Well this depends on what you want to get out. When I first ran this is was as an annual challenge. You would have to sit -and write for at least an hour a day or six hour a week. Then you are expected to produce a full MS by the end of the 100 days. Some writers tend to work better in the early morning so often get up at 5am and do an hour before the school lifts and madness of the day. Others like to settle down at night when everyone else is asleep in bed. I do a lot of writing in coffee shops. Your call.
Otherwise you may want to do it on the weekend. Most writing coaches will tell you to write an hour a day, every day. But that has personally never worked for me (although its exactly what I am going to tell you to do). I am a feast or famine writer. I tend to sit down and start something and not stand up for about three weeks.
A book is a long, long thing. It requires many, many hours of writing. You will see quite early on in the game if you are behind schedule and you will have to up the ante and clear your social diary.
Don’t quit your day job yet.
A computer, email and MS Word / any word processing package.
NO. This strictly tackles fiction as the course is geared towards a novel or short story.
A fiction (novel) and non-fiction require two totally different approaches to writing. My reason for hesitating is that I really don’t think you can write an entire non-fiction (researched) book in 100 days. Both of mine took me about 12 months of hard graft from start to finish.
Absolutely not. I totally discourage this. Not if you are serious about getting this done. Writing is best done ALONE. But since we started the MasterMind I have softened a bit and you can get a writing buddy and check in that you are both on track. This works fantastically well.
You can write anywhere, in a noisy cafe, in a caravan in your garden or at a table while the kids are playing. I don’t care where you do it. However just don’t confuse it with a social event. Novel writing is best done alone. Or good writing is. Editing can be collaborative. The only person you will show your MS to, or get feedback from is me, and some of our writing coaches.
No question, the first prize is to come on an actual course. You will learn far more, get feedback and share your ideas with other writers. Writing is experiential and the courses are life-changing. You will walk out with a plan, a plot and ready to write your entire book. Part of a course is an automatic free entry into the Write a Book in 100 Days. If you can get to Cape Town or Greece, do it!
Who are you writing this book for? You are writing it for yourself. You are doing this because you want to and you want to see if you can actually do it. Along the way many people realise that it's flipping hard to write a book! Many choose not to continue. I am not going to let you bail that easily. You can do it. You signed up because you want to do it. Many writers have done it. Many non-writers have too. It’s your choice and it is all about one thing - perseverance. If you don't finish it in the 100 Days that's no sweat - but you are going to finish it.