Scott King, an international best selling author, was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Ocean City, Maryland. He received his undergraduate degree in film from Towson University, and his M.F.A. in film from American University.

Until moving to follow his wife's career, King worked as college professor teaching photography, digital arts, and writing related classes. He now works full time as an author. King's non-fiction books are a way for him to get back that feeling of teaching a class, while his fiction books are his way of having fun.

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The 5 Day Novel by Scott King

Struggling to finish your novels?

Tweak your workflow process and write one in only FIVE DAYS!

After taking way too long to write a fantasy epic, author and educator Scott King refined his writing process so that he could crank out a novel in five days!

Through easy-to-follow tips and helpful examples, Scott takes a theme and shapes an entire story around it. Let him walk you through the prewriting process, slogging through a first draft, and doing the rewrites.


In this book, you'll learn:
- How to get in the right mindset
- How to cut distractions & manage your time
- The ingredients necessary to form a story
- How to stay focused and keep writing
- How to plan your rewrites
- The things to look for when line editing


If you like honesty, no bull, a bunch of humor, and tons of examples in your writing guides, then you'll love Scott King's behind-the-scenes look at how to write a novel in five days.



  • "There are words of encouragement, and some cheer leading, but mostly it's an actionable check list. This is not a craft book, this is a blue print for how to actually write a novel that takes 5 days and not 5 years!"

    – Amazon Review
  • "I've been needing motivation and guidance and this is the book to buy, it feels like your sitting across the table from a friend who is talking to you and it's really helped me pick up my pen and write."

    – Amazon Review
  • "This is a great resource for those of us who are "stuck" and unable to produce a fully formed outline. It guides you through the writing process quickly, leaving room for your characters to come alive, and the opportunity for your writing to surprise you. I am once again excited to write, and can't wait to use this book as my guide." – Amazon Review



So here we meet again … unless you've never read any of my books. In that case, what up? I'm Scott King. It's great to have you aboard. I'm really excited about The 5 Day Novel, but we need to put our cards on the table before you jump into it.

This book is not a how-to book on craft. The 5 Day Novel is about workflow, time management, and planning. I touch upon some craft topics here and there, but if you are looking for something deeper about the craft of writing, then checkout my book Story Pitch or keep an eye out for my future releases. I have several craft-related books on the way!

The 5 Day Novel is structured so that you as the reader can follow the assignments listed within it and write your own novel in five days. I suggest that you first read this book in its entirety, and then, when you are ready to do your own 5 Day Novel, use the checklist at the end of each chapter to guide you on your journey.

I will warn you here and in a few other places: Writing a novel in five days is crazy. There are few good reasons to do it. If you are a sane person, you might gain more from reading this book, seeing how I streamlined my process, and where applicable apply those techniques to your own workflow. With so few good reasons, why did I write a novel in five days? Well, the stupid answer is pretty obvious. I wanted to see if I could.

Over the past year, I've been trying to be a bit more social in indie writing circles. Along the way, I've learned that romance is the hottest genre to write. Romance readers devour novels, and authors, to stay relevant and successful, often crank out multiple books a month.

I've heard tales of romance authors who type so much that they have blisters on their fingers or that they have to ice their wrists while typing because of repetitive stress injuries! I attended an author meet-up once, and a woman mentioned how hard it was to remove blood stains from a keyboard.

Earlier this summer, I wrapped a 110k word epic fantasy novel that took me six months to write. I was feeling pretty good about myself. Then I learned that there were these kick butt romance authors who can put out that many words each month. It made me feel lazy and uncommitted to my writing.

I'm not into machismo and that kind of fronting, but I like to know my limits, both physically and as a creator. Hearing that some of these authors can finish a draft for a 50k-word novel in a day or two blew my mind, and naturally my thoughts progressed to asking myself, could I write 50k words in a single day?

I knew writing a novel under such a tight deadline wouldn't be solely about typing fast. It would take extreme planning, quick decision making, and perfecting my workflow.

The more I thought about it, the more I knew I had to try. I had to see if I could write 50k in a single day, but I wanted more than that. I wanted to write a book from concept to polish, and when I estimated the time, I decided I could do it in five days.

The rules for a 5 Day Novel were simple. I had 120 consecutive hours to write a book. There needed to be multiple drafts, and I wasn't allowed to start working on the creative aspects of the book until that clock started ticking. So that meant no plotting, character creation, or any story-related brainstorming until I officially began the challenge.

Even though I wasn't allowed to work on the creative aspects of the challenge until it started, I still had plenty to do that was important for getting into the right mindset. That's what DAY ZERO is about. If you are new to writing, or still trying to find your voice, then make sure you take a peek at it. If you are a seasoned author who has been around the block, I suggest skipping ahead to DAY ONE.

No matter if you are crazy like me and decide to take the five-day challenge, or if you are more sensible and plan to do it at your own pace, good luck. Writing is never easy, and whether you succeed or fail, know that you are never alone.