Quoting pigfender: "Yeah, but if we did that it would be a Novel In Two Days... two days. I want no piece of that kind of madness."
Two days? Strictly true. Still, we could say we wrote it (first draft) in a day. Then we edited it. The "one day" thing is not that important to me.
But, in my opinion, it's a decision as to whether I'm doing this to help produce a work that someone might actually read or simply performing an act to be able to say "I helped write a novel in a day. Of course, it's chaotic, boring, and ultimately unreadable. But, it only took us a day..."
Assuming a reading speed of 700 wpm (very fast, I think. I probably read less than half that fast) and a length of 50,000 words, it will take pigfender about an hour and 15 minutes to read the first draft. If he reads at my speed, it would take him about three hours. If it takes an hour to assemble the project and produce the final output, that leaves no more than an hour and 45 minutes to do ANY editing of ANY kind. For instance, checking for and correcting misspelled words. If one reads at my rate, they would have about 30-45 minutes to edit. And if a contributor gets their timezone offset confused in the wrong direction, there goes at least an hour. My point? There's not much, if any, time in the current schedule for editing. I expect we all understand that.
Personally, I would like to have a chance to edit our work. But, I'll leave the decision of whether or not to spend a day, or any other amount of time, doing that to pigfender.
[quote="Ned"]Someone who doesn't understand how spaces work?[/quote]
Gottchya!! :-) Y' mean one of those nobeds wot park arf in one parking space and arf in the space next to it. Next time I see someone doing it, I'll shout, "Gerrtchya!! y' narchy!!" That'll teach em! Cheers Ned Vic
I would so love to do this! Sounds like great fun!
The only question I have is can I still do it even if I don't use Scrivener? I'm looking forward to learning how to use the program but am waiting to actually use it primarily for writing until it is released for Windows.
I wouldn't say using Scrivener is a necessity. If you aren't comfortable using beta software, then you shouldn't have to! Besides, 1k words is a bit short for a Scrivener project; I bet several of us will be using other stuff. It's more just the idea of "Scrivener users" getting together and doing something fun. And the final book will be put together in Scrivener anyway.
.:. Ioa Petra'ka “Whole sight, or all the rest is desolation.” —John Fowles