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      CommentAuthorthom_wong
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2008
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    Thinking about entering this year. Anyone done it, thinking about doing it? Might be interesting to get a group of Whitechapelers together for it.

    3 Day Novel Contest
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    Unless you're Michael Moorcock? Forget it. That's 20,000 words a day.
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    I don't plan on doing that contest. However, it might be interesting to find out how much one can write in one day.
    .... does make my wrists cringe to think of it.
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    According to the website, the average entry is about 100 double spaced pages. For me, that works out to about 30,000 words or 10,000 a day.

    So the whole "novel" thing seems a bit of a misnomer, but it sounds at least doable, if not easy.
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      CommentAuthoroutlawpoet
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2008
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    jesus herbert walker christ, I thought NaNoWriMo was pushing it.
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2008
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    Mother of God. You'd need to be some kind of cyborg or something.
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      CommentAuthoroutlawpoet
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2008
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    now I thinking of how I could do it.

    I could poke at our software for three days and submit the output, all "The Policeman's Beard is Half-Constructed"-style;

    or I could carry a dictaphone with extra batteries, and run voice recognition over it at the end of the weekend.

    I could push the meaning of the word "outline" and write a program that outputs long markov-chained phrases based on minimal input from me.

    I could write a short story, and then do some kind of algorithmic expansion on it, either manually or with some lexical string handling tricks.

    I could line up a bunch of collaborators via IM and blast text back and forth with each in a schedule of some kind.

    or I could stay away from ridiculous contests and keep doing what I'm doing....
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    Or do what Mike Moorcock did: overspend at Harrods and end up with three days to write a Hawkmoon novel to pay off the bill.
    • CommentAuthorRyan C
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2008
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    "Also, the members of our reading panel have read these entries for many, many years—and many of them have entered themselves—so they know a cheater when they see one."

    I still question how they would know you did not start it now. I write for fun (good ideas, terrible writer) and I've spent months on things my brother thinks I hobbled together overnight. Does not say much for my writing but what power do they have that they can tell?

    I am assuming it is just the spirit of things that they are going for.
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    Hmmmm.

    Well, maybe this does not really count as an insult against my own skills at writing but it takes me about 6 weeks to write six pages of coursework (school work).

    As I said, doesn't really count since I'm not attempting to write a novel those times.
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2008
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    Wow. Kudos on anyone who can do that, but...I barely got through a few thousand words by the end of my first NaNoWriMo last year. I try that, by the second day I would be sobbing in the corner.
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    I once wrote 18000 words of coursework in a night so I could see this being doable. It'd still be pretty tough going though. I think I went temporarily insane whilst writing that coursework as I woke up a couple of days later with a hangover and a newly-acquired Stanley knife.
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    That's quite an insane schedule if you don't have some kind of gun at your back.


    Will
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    One could just whatever program R.A. Salvatore used to generate the same tired novel over and over. And hey, your Drizzt book will probably even sell!
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    a bottle of adderall and a couple of kerouac scrolls could probably get it done.
    whether or not it made any sense is another thing.
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      CommentAuthoralexwilson
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2008
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    My first drafts are so embarrassing, the grand prize of publication is actually a reason not to enter. 'Luck to those who do.
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    A friend of mine also does National Novel Writing Month some years, and that doesn't require an end result that's worth showing other people. A short first draft in a month seems like the reasonable limit of human endeavor as far as that goes. 3 days seems like madness.
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    I wrote a novel in about three weeks once. I was really excited about the idea and was sometimes waking up after a few hours sleep to continue working from where I had left off, etc. Wasn't sleeping, wasn't eating... totally got sick halfway through the project. After two days in bed I was fit to get up and carry on, but I slowed down to about 3000 words a day from 8,000 to 10,000. Final result was 82,000 words... and I ended up hating it and giving up on it halfway through revisions.

    So yeah, I'm with Warren. I couldn't do it, and I doubt much of anyone really could.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2008
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    Yeah...I definitely don't think I could write a novel in three days. Now the 24-hour comic book challenge or the 24-hour film challenge...I can do.
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      CommentAuthorJeff Owens
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2008
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    Shit, is Of Mice and Men not a novel now? Was it ever?

    I think the whole point of this thing is to have fun. It's an exercise! I don't know if I'm going to do it, but it sure sounds like a lot of fun and a good way to get some writing done. Thanks for posting this @thom_wong!