Monday, August 30, 2010

A novel in three days. Yes, three days.

Posted By on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 1:53 PM

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) runs annually in November. If you haven't been one of the many local writers to participate in past years, it's basically an event that encourages participants to craft a 50,000-word novel between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30. (Learn more about the event here.)


I participated twice: Once I came close to finishing, the second time I gave up halfway through. A co-worker of mine completed it last year, though I don't think he'll ever do it again. I think most would agree it's a grueling process, especially when you work a full-time job. Though it helps that there are locally organized "write-ins" and forum support, all — and I mean all — of your free time goes to writing.

So when I read about the International 3-Day Novel Contest, I had two thoughts.

First, are you effin CRAZY?!? And then ... well, I could probably commit a measly 72 hours. And who knows? Maybe I could do it.


An international affair, the 3-Day Novel Contest, according to the website, has run every year since 1977 during Labour Day weekend. (Yes, that "labour" is intentional: It's a Canadian-coordinated effort.) You have to register by Sept. 3; unlike the free NaNoWriMo, there's a $50 entry fee, as well as cash prizes. There are no specified lengths, but they do say that most entries average 100 typed, double-spaced pages (about 25,000 words).

You can get all the details at the website. Let us know if you sign up — and, if so, how much coffee you drink to keep yourself awake for three days.

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