Michael Moorcock and three-day novels

Michael Moorcock, famed fantasy author best knows for his Elric novels (which have been on my to-read list for a while now. It’s annoying how little of the fantasy “canon” I’ve actually read so far), had an interesting writing method that he used early in his career to churn out books rapidly – in some cases in as little as three days. It’s a straightforward formula and it worked well for him.

I’ve wanted to attempt this ever since I first heard about it. Writing a novel in three days is not for everybody, nor is it my ultimate goal. But I do think that it could be a way for me to learn and master the tenets of structure and plot. It would a writing exercise, basically.

I wanted to get started this past month during NaNoWriMo, but life got in the way (doesn’t it always?). I got a three-day weekend coming up, though, so I’m going to try and start something. In the meantime, I’m going to be thinking of potential plots, characters, scenery, etc.

The goal in doing this is not to write the next Great American Novel, but to begin and finish a novel. Writing is a craft, and I’m still learning how to properly use all the tools of the trade. I’ll make sure to report on my progress, if there is any. You can read all about Moorcock’s method in the link below.

How to Write a Novel in Three Days: Lessons from Michael Moorcock




Author: El Burro

A leftist factory worker who dreams of being a writer.

One thought on “Michael Moorcock and three-day novels”

  1. Thanks for the post. As an aspiring fantasy author, I’m always on the lookout for tips and tricks of the trade anywhere I can get them. I’m just starting Orson Scott Card’s book on Characters and Viewpoint, and it’s a good read. I’ve also decided to follow Faerie Magazine on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Faerie-Magazine/65239508296), and even downloaded an older issue out of curiosity. I’m glad I did. Between the book and the magazine, I was able to finally get a scene on paper (and here on WordPress) that I’ve been having a bit of trouble with. I realized I was being way too easy on my lead character, so I asked myself just how hard I can make things for him. It’s still a work in progress, and I’ve got a long way to go, but with help and tips like this, I feel that my long-awaited goal is finally within reach.


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