The 9 day novel

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29 books and counting . . .

Q & A with Christina Benjamin

Being an author of over twenty novels, one of the questions Christina Benjamin gets asked the most is how she manages to write so much. Check out her response below.

Q: How do you write so much so quickly?

A: Writing has become a numbers game for me, which I find strange, being that I hated math so much that it’s half the reason I was attracted to writing as a student. But think about it . . . as an author my job revolves around a lot of numbers.

  • how many novels I write
  • how many days it takes to write them
  • how many words are in each
  • how many pages in each
  • how many pages are read each day
  • how many books are sold each day
  • how much to spend on advertising
  • how much to price the book at

The list goes on and on. But what I manly focus on is the time. Of course time is precious so for me I want to get as much done as I can as quickly as possible while still creating something worth reading. With that in mind I’ve created a structure that works for me: The 9 Day Novel.

The 9 Day Novel: 5 steps to writing a book quickly

  • Outline:
    • create a rough outline.
    • outline chapters. (one sentence per chapter will keep you on track)
  • Character Bible:
    • create a board or document that lists your characters in detail.
    • it saves time not having to go back to see what color eyes you gave someone.
  • Start writing:
    • write the first five chapters (aka 6k words) in one sitting.
    • it’s always the hardest so don’t think about it too much, just rip off the bandaid and do it.
  • Schedule a writing retreat:
    • somewhere away from home where you can lock yourself away and write without distraction. (I prefer to have no internet access – aka: distraction)
    • choose somewhere quiet. (I like boring old hotels, not ones with a fun bar or pool – aka: more distraction)
  • Set a word count:
    • 7k words a day will get you to a novel in 9 days.
    • When I’m working on a new novel, I write 5k words a day. NO MATTER WHAT. (it’s my job and reminding myself that helps keep me accountable.)
    • While on retreat my goal is usually 10k words a day.
    • Tip: create a spreadsheet to track the times you write and the word counts you achieve. (Think of it like clocking in at work. It’ll help you find your most productive times and replicate them.)

This formula currently allows me to publish a book every 8 weeks. Give it a try and let me know how it works for you.

Happy Writing. xoxo – Christina Benjamin

 

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Let the countdown begin

The Accidental Boyfriend comes out in two weeks.!

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Mark April 25th on your calendar and get ready to read, cry, laugh and fall in love with the newest cast of characters in The Boyfriend Series by Christina Benjamin.

Want a sneak peak at the Book Boyfriends you’ll meet? You know you do.

Grab your copy now at the special pre-order price of $.99 on Amazon.

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April Showers bring Accidents . . .

It’s officially April! And that means another new release is on it’s way.

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The Accidental Boyfriend is due out on April 25th. You can Pre-order a copy on Amazon for on $.99 right now.

Note from the Author:

“I know I say this every time but this is one of my favorite stories. It was really fun to write because it takes place at a new boarding school in California and has all the quirkiness I love, like vintage VW bugs, Magic 8 Balls and unicorns! (IKR? This book definitely has some Rainbow Rowell feels going on.) Then of course there’s Jaxon. <swoon> He’s one of the most protective book boyfriend I’ve created and I just love him and all his damaged cuteness! I can’t wait to share The Accidental Boyfriend with you all soon. Here’s some behind the scene pics while you wait.”

xoxo – Christina

Pre-order The Accidental Boyfriend on Amazon.

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