The Method of Book Sprints – or How to Create a Book in Three Days

Note: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong, missing points, forgetting key information.

Digital Methods Winterschool, day 2: Adam Hyde (via Video), Michael Dieter and David Berry (most of the arguments here stem from his slides) introduce us to the method of book sprint. A book sprint is a time-boxed short duration writing process usually in the order of three to five days. The aim is to produce a complete publication-ready manuscript. A book sprint has always two types of spaces: (1) A shared writing/talking area around a table and (2) quiet working space for indiviudal reading/writing/reflection. Key is an early “buy-in” from the participants: They all need to agree on the outline that is developed on the first day (and not beforehand). (more…)