Tuesday, May 29, 2012

3 Day Novel Contest

You may have heard of it. The 3-Day Novel Contest based out of Vancouver. Since 1977 this contest has challenged writers to produce a novel over the Labour Day weekend. Just 72 hours. Impossible? Most would say yes. Of course the novel doesn't have to be the best it can possibly be. Because that would be impossible. But to put 50,000 plus words on page, well it is a feat, but probably not impossible.

I think I may finally give it a try.

A few years ago a friend of mine did it. And though he went 3 days, unshaven, unshowered and quite possibly on the brink of neurosis, he did it. And ended up making their long list.

So do you think you're up to the challenge? Why not? What's the worst that could happen? You don't finish? But you have the makings of a really great story that can be finished later? Seems like win-win to me.

Don't think you can do it alone? Grab a buddy. Collaborative novels are also accepted.

Looking forward to the challenge.


  1. Hey Robin
    Did you decide to do it?
    I hope so.
    It's a blast--HONEST.

    This will be my fourth time round.

    I use it as a way to bash out a new tale and to revel in three days FREE of my over-active inner critic.

    I usually work...um...far more slowly, let us say.

  2. Are you still gonna participate? I've been driving myself batty with anticipation, and as the hours run down I keep thinking "IS IT FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT, YET?!!!!" :P

  3. Unfortunately, I am not going to be able to do it this year. Just way too much going on, AND, incidentally, this weekend is my wedding anniversary, although I'm certain my husband wouldn't care, probably safer to plan for next year.


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