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Topic: 3 day novella, anyone?
Posted By: Guests
Subject: 3 day novella, anyone?
Date Posted: 30 Jul 2020 at 2:43pm
Hi guys! I know a lot of you do the international 3-day novel event, but they've been rather flaky and inconsistent about replying to people and posting results. A new event, the 3-day novella, has emerged at 3daynovella.com, and they're on FB too. They posted today that only seven people have entered so far. And the TOP THREE WINNERS get published! You guys have got to get in on this!! Be one of the first winners of a new event! I'm in but haven't registered yet, which brings that tally up to eight. So what do you all think? I did it (the original event) for the first time last year (it's held over Labor Day weekend each year, as is the new spinoff event) and had a blast. The main thing I remember is that I raided the local candy shop beforehand and started the event with a huge basket of candy on my computer table. I didn't win (the original contest finally revealed the winners today, and some finalists a few weeks or so ago), but it was wild. Anyone want to join me in the new spinoff event this year, or anyone going to do the original event? Feel free to comment here about one or the other, it's all good! Smile



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Posted By: jennifer.quail
Date Posted: 30 Jul 2020 at 9:38pm
....Oh, what the heck. I need a boot to the behind to write MORE. 

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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 30 Jul 2020 at 9:57pm
Originally posted by jennifer.quail jennifer.quail wrote:

....Oh, what the heck. I need a boot to the behind to write MORE. 

YAY!! It'll be fun!! ClapStar


Posted By: kolohe
Date Posted: 30 Jul 2020 at 10:09pm
Hmmmm tempting. Let me go through my long list of plot bunnies to see if there's anything that would fit that length LOL Haha I'm a sucker for a good fast contest...

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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 30 Jul 2020 at 10:37pm
Originally posted by kolohe kolohe wrote:

Hmmmm tempting. Let me go through my long list of plot bunnies to see if there's anything that would fit that length LOL Haha I'm a sucker for a good fast contest...

YAY! You know you want to!! There will be candy!! Clap


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 30 Jul 2020 at 10:44pm
Decide quickly!! The registration cost is $35 for July and then it's $50 in August and early September!! 


Posted By: dcontarato
Date Posted: 31 Jul 2020 at 12:28am
Wow, but how does one type 10,000 words in a day?

I did Nanowrimo last year, managed to get to a 2000-2500 words/day by writing 10pm-midnight every day. It was an exhilarating blast, except the end result was a hot mess of a first part of what will probably be a 250,000-word novel, if I ever finish it. I do plan to write part II this November, btw.

But 10,000 in a day? 8-10 hours of writing a day for three days? I can’t afford the time, and will never be able to fit a complete story in the word count lol LOL

I’ll think about it...


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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 31 Jul 2020 at 12:41am
Yeah, last year I topped out at 17,400 words. It was still a complete story with a beginning, middle, and end, though!! I think you've got to do a lot of prep with character development and outlining, and then aim for X words per hour. That'll be my strategy!! 

Yeah, think about it! Remember: candy!! Thumbs Up


Posted By: theinquisitor
Date Posted: 31 Jul 2020 at 7:35am
Without NYC-style genre and prompt assignments, how can they know it's been written on those three days? 

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Posted By: dcontarato
Date Posted: 31 Jul 2020 at 12:14pm
Originally posted by theinquisitor theinquisitor wrote:

Without NYC-style genre and prompt assignments, how can they know it's been written on those three days? 

Well, it looks like it’s a honor system, which is kind of surprising given that they have sizeable prices. Nanowrimo is also a honor system; there is a widget to check your word count, but no one sees your novel so you could put together 50,000 words of lorem ipsum to unlock your badge. At least Nanowrimo prizes are very small, you win a voucher with a discount for writing software, no cash. So the focus there is really on the personal challenge of writing the 50,000 words in a month (I LOVED it and couldn’t care less about the voucher). 

One should face this with the same spirit - the personal challenge of writing a novella in 3 days. But admittedly, if the winner has a super polished, awesome story, one could wonder when it was actually written LOL


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Posted By: Noel Alcoba
Date Posted: 31 Jul 2020 at 12:43pm
I did 3-Day Novel in 2017 and 2018. It's excruciating, frustrating, maddening, and utterly EXHILARATING. Since 2018 they've been very flaky with their timelines, constantly missing their promised judging deadlines. I love the format, and there's nothing like it. But the waiting game for results drove everyone bananas.

This is a different group of people, looks like, so perhaps I'll give them a shot.

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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 31 Jul 2020 at 2:51pm
To the inquisitor: Yeah, there's an honor system! Last year, I had to write and sign and have witnessed (by my very supportive father) a doc that said I'd written it all (sans plotting and character development and such) during the 72-hour window in my time zone. 

To Dcontrarato: I'm actually a pretty good first-draft writer! I hope they don't hold that against me! But looking at last year's story, it's soooooo lacking in development! (As would any story written in 72 hours, though, right? I intend to develop it fully and maybe self-publish it or submit it to agents at some future point.) Another thing I do is budget a few hours for proofing!! Check, check, double check... it can be done!! But never underestimate the importance of good sleep, too. LOTS of good sleep. 

To Noel: Right! New people!! I'd rather give them a chance than stick with the old organization. Let's do this! 


Posted By: theinquisitor
Date Posted: 31 Jul 2020 at 4:08pm
Originally posted by Zelda Zelda wrote:

To the inquisitor: Yeah, there's an honor system! Last year, I had to write and sign and have witnessed (by my very supportive father) a doc that said I'd written it all (sans plotting and character development and such) during the 72-hour window in my time zone. 

Thanks. I've never been involved in anything like that and I wasn't sure how it would work.


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Posted By: VannaGrey
Date Posted: 31 Jul 2020 at 4:44pm
Okay, I signed up. I have no idea what I'm going to write about though! Should be interesting, to say the least. Big smile

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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 31 Jul 2020 at 6:07pm
To the inquisitor: You're welcome!! Smile I think one year in the original contest (the 3-day novel, not the new 3-day novella) the book that won turned out to have been written in a much longer than three-day timespan. And the author said something like, "Oops, I thought it was the three-year novel contest." Confused And they didn't publish his book! Big smile But don't quote me on that exactly! I think the wikipedia page has that story on it somewhere! 

To VannaGrey: OH BOY!! YAY!! Happy times!! I too just signed up!! Great minds think alike. We'll have a blast!! And don't worry! We have still over a month to come up with plot outlines!! YAY!! Clap




Posted By: dcontarato
Date Posted: 31 Jul 2020 at 7:02pm
OK you guys convinced me - signed up as well Confused

The thing is, this self-imposed challenges have a way to get me to actually write something. The 3-day thing is totally wacky but hey, it will get me started on something, I know that for sure. And if I don't finish or submit, happy to contribute the $35 for the awards of more deserving writers.

Someone might argue about quantity vs. quality (normally I would argue about that), but the argument is null if the quantity is zero. So ... Smile


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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 31 Jul 2020 at 7:18pm
YAY!! Oh boy, it'll be fun!! Clap


Posted By: VannaGrey
Date Posted: 31 Jul 2020 at 10:47pm
Originally posted by dcontarato dcontarato wrote:

OK you guys convinced me - signed up as well Confused

The thing is, this self-imposed challenges have a way to get me to actually write something. The 3-day thing is totally wacky but hey, it will get me started on something, I know that for sure. And if I don't finish or submit, happy to contribute the $35 for the awards of more deserving writers.

Someone might argue about quantity vs. quality (normally I would argue about that), but the argument is null if the quantity is zero. So ... Smile

Yay! Exactly. Apparently I am unable to come up with anything without some sort of challenge and deadline. If I didn't participate, I wouldn't write anything, so... So. Exactly. :)


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Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 01 Aug 2020 at 11:43am
I could never make anything of this kinda contest. 3/4 of my contest time is spent 
editing just to make it readable. 20,000 words, forget me, haha. Good luck to all of 
you though!


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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 01 Aug 2020 at 2:05pm
Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

I could never make anything of this kinda contest. 3/4 of my contest time is spent 
editing just to make it readable. 20,000 words, forget me, haha. Good luck to all of 
you though!

That's too bad! I wish you could participate! I loved your flash story this round!! Any way you can get an editor in your corner? I find the concept of 20,000+ words intimidating too! I only reached 17,400 last year, and then I sort of ran out of energy (but there was candy, so... not all bad). Maybe someone on the forum who won't be participating could help you beta read all weekend...? That would rock!! 


Posted By: dcontarato
Date Posted: 01 Aug 2020 at 5:42pm
Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

I could never make anything of this kinda contest. 3/4 of my contest time is spent 
editing just to make it readable. 20,000 words, forget me, haha. Good luck to all of 
you though!

I hear you, Suave. That is my normal process as well, regurgitate stuff on the page as fast as possible and then edit, edit, edit the incoherent mess. That won't work here - I think for starters one needs to get there with an outline - even better if broken down scene by scene, and character sketches/backstory already fleshed out. And then write the first draft as best you can, there will be no second draft. So you could really see this challenge as: "can you type a 100-page good story in decent English in 3 days", the real creative process can and should happen before. Then I'm sure there are pantsers out there that can do magic just by starting to type and do all at once beautifully, but that is definitely not me LOL

But happy to hear advice and tips from 3DN veterans here... 

BTW, I have a title already and general concept for the thing, just the excitement of trying this out got my creative (?) juices going, which is exactly while I go to the trouble of signing up for these contests Smile


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Posted By: dcontarato
Date Posted: 01 Aug 2020 at 5:49pm
Originally posted by Zelda Zelda wrote:

Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

I could never make anything of this kinda contest. 3/4 of my contest time is spent 
editing just to make it readable. 20,000 words, forget me, haha. Good luck to all of 
you though!

That's too bad! I wish you could participate! I loved your flash story this round!! Any way you can get an editor in your corner? I find the concept of 20,000+ words intimidating too! I only reached 17,400 last year, and then I sort of ran out of energy (but there was candy, so... not all bad). Maybe someone on the forum who won't be participating could help you beta read all weekend...? That would rock!! 

BTW, @Zelda: is there any indication of what type of stories or genres are preferred? I know the rules say "anything" but I was wondering if there is any trend based on past contest winners, e.g. toward specific genre fiction rather than literary (literary in 3 days, really?). For example, the font they use on the website headline has mild horror-ish feel to it LOL


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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 01 Aug 2020 at 5:54pm
That's a great question!! I wish I knew the answer!! I haven't read any winners, and I honestly have no clue at all! Also, since this contest is new, maybe the new judges will have different things they're looking for...? Their logo does look horrific, doesn't it? LOL It makes me think of Halloween! I wish I had more answers! I would guess they like literary, but that's based solely on the fact that my last year's story wasn't literary (it was like doing these NYC Midnight contests times a million), and I wasn't a finalist! Again, though, the new judges might feel differently! 

Does anyone else know? 


Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 01 Aug 2020 at 10:00pm
Originally posted by dcontarato dcontarato wrote:

Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

I could never make anything of this kinda contest. 3/4 of my contest time is spent 
editing just to make it readable. 20,000 words, forget me, haha. Good luck to all of 
you though!

I hear you, Suave. That is my normal process as well, regurgitate stuff on the page as fast as possible and then edit, edit, edit the incoherent mess. That won't work here - I think for starters one needs to get there with an outline - even better if broken down scene by scene, and character sketches/backstory already fleshed out. And then write the first draft as best you can, there will be no second draft. So you could really see this challenge as: "can you type a 100-page good story in decent English in 3 days", the real creative process can and should happen before. Then I'm sure there are pantsers out there that can do magic just by starting to type and do all at once beautifully, but that is definitely not me LOL

But happy to hear advice and tips from 3DN veterans here... 

BTW, I have a title already and general concept for the thing, just the excitement of trying this out got my creative (?) juices going, which is exactly while I go to the trouble of signing up for these contests Smile

The fact that I could write what I want is a big plus, and I think 
I think not having to come up with a story in the first day would
be great. I don't know, not this time for sure, but maybe next time.
I need to mull something like this over.



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Posted By: jennifer.quail
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2020 at 11:25pm
Originally posted by Zelda Zelda wrote:

That's a great question!! I wish I knew the answer!! I haven't read any winners, and I honestly have no clue at all! Also, since this contest is new, maybe the new judges will have different things they're looking for...? Their logo does look horrific, doesn't it? LOL It makes me think of Halloween! I wish I had more answers! I would guess they like literary, but that's based solely on the fact that my last year's story wasn't literary (it was like doing these NYC Midnight contests times a million), and I wasn't a finalist! Again, though, the new judges might feel differently! 

Does anyone else know? 

Going by the "About" page, there's no way to know as the contest devolved until apparently 2019 never had winners announced, so the people running and judging this round will have completely different tastes.

However, FWIW, one announced judge writes a paranormal series he funds with a Kickstarter, the other self-publishes (under her own "press") novels that appear to be Christian allegory and historical fiction, and has some anthology and magazine credits (and the Oxford Guide to Medicine? Apparently she's a retired nurse.)  So God knows. 


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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 03 Aug 2020 at 1:02am
Wow, thanks for looking all that up!! Clap

So we have... paranormal/allegorical Christian historical nursing? Oh boy!! Shocked

I've chosen to write rom-com! Call me a coward, but paranormal/allegorical Christian historical nursing isn't my thing! LOL


Posted By: Dwayz64
Date Posted: 24 Aug 2020 at 2:34pm
Hi,
I was interested in this, but I don't understand why is the submission deadline Sept. 15, when it says you should write/edit everything between Sept. 5-7? Shouldn't the submission deadline be Sept. 7? I was just curious if I was misunderstanding something.
Thanks,
Dan


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Posted By: dcontarato
Date Posted: 24 Aug 2020 at 4:15pm
I wondered the same, and I believe it’s because you have the option to print your submission and mail it to them (it does say something along those lines somewhere on their website).

Since it’s fundamentally a honor system, it’s up to the contestant to ensure that the entry is written only during the three days of the contest.

They can be reached by email at 3daynovella at gmail dot com in case you want to clarify.

Good luck! (And I should work on my outline lol...)


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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 24 Aug 2020 at 6:50pm
It's for people who handwrite or use a typewriter!! So they can take what they've got and make it a word doc!! You're not supposed to edit or correct mistakes while you do that--just type it as you've got it!! :-)


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 24 Aug 2020 at 6:53pm
Originally posted by dcontarato dcontarato wrote:

I wondered the same, and I believe it’s because you have the option to print your submission and mail it to them (it does say something along those lines somewhere on their website).

Since it’s fundamentally a honor system, it’s up to the contestant to ensure that the entry is written only during the three days of the contest.

They can be reached by email at 3daynovella at gmail dot com in case you want to clarify.

Good luck! (And I should work on my outline lol...)

Ohh, that also makes sense! (Sorry, I'm a bit spaced out!) Big smile


Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 24 Aug 2020 at 11:17pm
Really does not make much sense to me. If one does not 
have a comp or internet how did they find out about the 
contest? Mail in? 


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Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 24 Aug 2020 at 11:25pm
Originally posted by Zelda Zelda wrote:

Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

I could never make anything of this kinda contest. 3/4 of my contest time is spent 
editing just to make it readable. 20,000 words, forget me, haha. Good luck to all of 
you though!

That's too bad! I wish you could participate! I loved your flash story this round!! Any way you can get an editor in your corner? I find the concept of 20,000+ words intimidating too! I only reached 17,400 last year, and then I sort of ran out of energy (but there was candy, so... not all bad). Maybe someone on the forum who won't be participating could help you beta read all weekend...? That would rock!! 

Thanks!  I would love to give it a go, maybe next year as that would 
give me lots of time to think and outline, might not be that difficult when
I don't have to think it up, write it, thrash it and send it in in three days, haha.


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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 25 Aug 2020 at 4:13pm
My thinking is that some people prefer to handwrite rather than type!! So they'd need several days to transcribe their creation!! It's probably a carryover from the original contest, which dates back to 1977 (the year of my birth), back in the day, ya know? 

My dad uses a typewriter! LOL When I dragged him into microfiction earlier this year, I had to type up his entry for him on my computer! And whenever he creates a legal brief, he pays me a bit to digitally scan it, convert to text, and edit and then make corrections!! 

Yeah, you should totally get onboard! It's not too late for this year, even! Well, we do have flash fiction this weekend, and so it could be hard to get an outline and do that... I've been sitting on my outline for a while, so yeah, maybe next year will be your year!! YAY! 


Posted By: VannaGrey
Date Posted: 27 Aug 2020 at 12:37pm
Originally posted by Zelda Zelda wrote:

I've chosen to write rom-com! Call me a coward, but paranormal/allegorical Christian historical nursing isn't my thing! LOL 

Hi Zelda! I'm with you - doing romcom and avoiding the whole paranormal/allegorical Christian historical nursing thing. LOL How are you doing on your outline/planning? I have always thought of myself as a pantser, but I realized that the extremely short turnaround time was going to take meticulous planning. I started looking up ideas for plot and structure, and I've learned a ton. In fact, I think I'm going to apply the same concepts to another WIP that I've been neglecting for 5 years (!!!). Maybe this is just what I need to dust it off and try again.

I'm both nervous and excited for Labor Day weekend. My biggest concern is completing it. I'm not sure how quickly I'll be able to get everything done. I guess the first day will give me a good idea of what I'm capable of. I was thinking about writing the last chapter first, to be sure I have a conclusion. Do you have any helpful tips/strategies?

P.S. off topic: I lived in the Louisville area for about 15 years before moving to AZ. I love it there! I've been following the news and hope that they can make some real progress soon. Hate to see the buildings boarded up!


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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 27 Aug 2020 at 2:23pm
Hi there!! I'm so glad you'll be doing the 3-day event!!! YAY!! Beer

Yeah, you know, the whole paranormal/allegorical Christian historical nursing thing has really been done to death already. H AH AH HA HA HA HA. Oh my. LOL

I've got my outline, and it's ready to go! Go me! I'm glad you've been studying plotting, and I think you can definitely use that info to write a great novella!! (I've never studied plotting, but I once spent six years doing nothing but watching television. Same effect.) I know it's intimidating to write a whole novella in three days! I'd recommend that you either try to just get it all down in a manic writing frenzy, or that you try to write it as a shorter doc with a beginning, middle, and end--and then use remaining time to pad the doc and add into it for length. If you're concerned you won't reach the end via the first method, then you can try the second method!! I think they also have some great advice at the new contest's website! I loved this part... let me find it... Okay, this is (c) 3daynovella.com: 

Q: I’m mere minutes away from midnight. I’m still not done. WTF do I do?
A: Repeat after me. “They never saw the [insert disaster here: comet, giant meatball, Howard Stern’s butt, etc.] coming. Then they all died. If only they’d completed [whatever subplot] faster…” Or something to that effect. It won’t be the most masterful ending ever, but at least you’ll have one.

HA HA HA HA!! Oh my. 

You're from Louisville? (I mean, you lived here?) Awesomeness!! Let me know if you're ever back in town!! Thank you for the support! I feel sheltered from it here in the Highlands, but it's still upsetting, and the Breonna Taylor case is upsetting to say the least, how she died senselessly and needlessly due to complete ineptitude. But I think a lot of other major cities are in worse state than Louisville now, from what I understand!! 






Posted By: Vernacula
Date Posted: 27 Aug 2020 at 10:52pm
I write very, very quickly, but...how do you beat your previous word count score? I haven't unlocked that bit. It's like when your hair only grows to a certain length and it will never grow any longer, no matter what. I need the secret honey and beer potion for growing my word counts.


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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 27 Aug 2020 at 11:01pm
I have the same problem. Last year, I hit 17,400 words. I have no clue what I'll reach this year! But we can do it! Go us!! Clap


Posted By: CloudySkies
Date Posted: 28 Aug 2020 at 2:59am
I just stumbled across this and I'm really tempted to give it a go even though there's not a lot of time left to prep. 


Posted By: Stodmyk
Date Posted: 28 Aug 2020 at 3:55am
This is a direct competitor for the original (and still operating) 3-day Novel Competition:  https://www.3daynovel.com" rel="nofollow - https://www.3daynovel.com


Posted By: VannaGrey
Date Posted: 28 Aug 2020 at 6:31pm
Originally posted by Zelda Zelda wrote:

I've got my outline, and it's ready to go! Go me! I'm glad you've been studying plotting, and I think you can definitely use that info to write a great novella!! (I've never studied plotting, but I once spent six years doing nothing but watching television. Same effect.) I know it's intimidating to write a whole novella in three days! I'd recommend that you either try to just get it all down in a manic writing frenzy, or that you try to write it as a shorter doc with a beginning, middle, and end--and then use remaining time to pad the doc and add into it for length. If you're concerned you won't reach the end via the first method, then you can try the second method!! I think they also have some great advice at the new contest's website! I loved this part... let me find it... Okay, this is (c) 3daynovella.com: 

Q: I’m mere minutes away from midnight. I’m still not done. WTF do I do?
A: Repeat after me. “They never saw the [insert disaster here: comet, giant meatball, Howard Stern’s butt, etc.] coming. Then they all died. If only they’d completed [whatever subplot] faster…” Or something to that effect. It won’t be the most masterful ending ever, but at least you’ll have one. 

Yeah, that is too funny! LOL I think I'll just write in a mad frenzy and hope I finish! Thanks, Zelda! Smile


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Posted By: VannaGrey
Date Posted: 28 Aug 2020 at 6:35pm
Originally posted by Stodmyk Stodmyk wrote:

This is a direct competitor for the original (and still operating) 3-day Novel Competition:  https://www.3daynovel.com" rel="nofollow - https://www.3daynovel.com

Yes, you're right. I get the impression that the creator of the 3-Day Novella contest used to participate in the original contest, but was unhappy with its administration, particularly the length of time it took them to announce the winners. For example, last year's contest was Labor Day weekend and they didn't release the results until June. I had never heard of either contest, so when I saw the post about it here, I went ahead and signed up. I'm sure either contest will be a great experience. 


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Posted By: A.J. Gemick
Date Posted: 31 Aug 2020 at 4:26am
Thanks for sharing this Zelda!  (missed the early bird fee deadline, drat..)

So obviously planning/potting/outlining beforehand is cool, and honor's system to only write it during the 3 days...but do the characters/ideas/scenes need to have been created new for this contest?  Meaning one can't expand on a previous NYCM entry?  just curious..

This is tempting...though I've always managed to flame out on my nanowrimos- Nov is just not a good month for me, so not sure that only 3 days wouldn't be an epic hot mess...   dunno if it makes sense to sign up for the contest so late in the game..I assume that the earlier one starts outlining/plotting, the better off they'll be?  Hrmm...


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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 31 Aug 2020 at 2:49pm
That's a really good question about expanding on a previous short story!! I'm not sure what the answer is, but I've found the people running the new contest to be very approachable!! If you find out, let us know!! 

November is often a hard month for me, too, and my NaNovels often don't come out as I'd like! I'm not sure how I managed to write 17,400 words last year for the 3-day event, and I have no true belief that I can pull it off again, but somehow it must be doable if I did it once!! I mean, the planets have to be in perfect alignment. (Although, let's face it--this year, the planets' alignment has led to a pandemic, social unrest, and destruction, so...) I'd ask how good of a first-draft writer you are. Do you have to edit a million times, or can you write "clean" as you're going? (No matter what you do, there'll be mistakes, but you know what I mean.) If you can write "clean" and feel like the planets might be on your side, I'd say, go for it!! 


Posted By: ash101_49
Date Posted: 31 Aug 2020 at 3:21pm
I actually signed up for this... Though now I can't remember how I found it. I did it because I had an idea for a story that I wanted to force myself to create, but I registered and have not thought about it once since, so...

I may have some time to outline this week before it starts, which would be a little helpful at least.

I was curious about the fact that you have to do everything in 3 days but don't have to send it in for like 2 weeks. Is there something you should be doing in that time (like is it okay to proofread and format? I know it says editing is in the three day window.) I can see the delay if you have to mail it in, but what's the point when it's an email submission? Im doing it just to force the words on paper, but if I actually cared about winning (I mean... I'd love to. That's just not the point), then it seems I'd be really worried about how much honor other competitors would really put into an honor system. 


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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 31 Aug 2020 at 4:13pm
I think the submission window is for people who prefer to handwrite or use a typewriter, so they can get a copy on their computer after they've written it!! From my understanding, the honor code is taken very seriously!! I'm glad you'll be competing! YAY! Clap

EDIT: If you spend a while typing it up, you're not supposed to edit any mistakes you made writing it by hand. It's true that the editing should all be in that three-day window. 


Posted By: ash101_49
Date Posted: 31 Aug 2020 at 4:19pm
Originally posted by Zelda Zelda wrote:

I think the submission window is for people who prefer to handwrite or use a typewriter, so they can get a copy on their computer after they've written it!! From my understanding, the honor code is taken very seriously!! I'm glad you'll be competing! YAY! Clap

EDIT: If you spend a while typing it up, you're not supposed to edit any mistakes you made writing it by hand. It's true that the editing should all be in that three-day window. 

Thanks! Also, sorry! After I asked, I went back through and read the whole forum, and I saw you'd answered this a couple of times now... I guess next time one of my students asks me a question that I've answered 7000 times already, I can no longer say, "Have you read the instructions yet?" 


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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 31 Aug 2020 at 4:31pm
Oh, don't fret!! LOL I'm guilty of the exact same thing! Like, all the time! LOL And oh my gosh, I NEVER read the instructions first!! 


Posted By: VannaGrey
Date Posted: 09 Sep 2020 at 7:31pm
So, I submitted my story. But now I'm in this weird mood. I feel discombobulated now that I'm not obsessively working on it. It's like I can't figure out what to do. I guess maybe it's time to start thinking about NaNoWriMo?

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Posted By: ash101_49
Date Posted: 09 Sep 2020 at 7:51pm
I submitted mine too! I ended up really loving what I did, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought it (well the premise of it more than the specific storyline) would make a better sitcom than book. And now I have it in my head that I, with almost 0 screenwriting knowledge (it would be 0 if not for a TV writing class I took in college many many years ago), need to turn it into a pilot and full pitch and shop it to networks. So I guess I'm just going to teach myself all about that now. I'm sure writing/selling a show is super easy! 

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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 10 Sep 2020 at 10:52pm
Great job, everyone!! 

I feel braindead. Like literally braindead. And I wrote another 17,400 words, just like last year. That must be my maximum potential for three days. It was hard. I had a great first day, but then my brain started to die, and I had to get myself to force-write the rest, and I wrapped it up with too much ease, like, "And then they all lived happily ever after," all of a sudden (and there was enough chocolate for all the characters to be happy), if that makes sense. I might not do this event anymore, because it really fried my brain. It's not nearly so hard to write a flash fiction piece in 48 hours or to do NaNoWriMo even, but just... total brain death. Dead Oh! This is also why I haven't returned feedback yet, but it's on my agenda! 


Posted By: kolohe
Date Posted: 10 Sep 2020 at 11:07pm
Congrats everyone!!! I got 21,000 lol, roughly 15,000 of which I wrote on the last day. Just couldn't get moving on the first two days, but then decided I was going to pull something together even if I had to cut a few subplots to make it work Wacko Final product is not quite what I was envisioning (although is it ever haha), but it was a fun couple of days! I'm looking forward to seeing what others came up with...it's nice to have so many different contests and things with rotating notifications and deadlines to keep me occupied :p Good luck and fingers crossed there will be a NYCM forum member or two (or more!) on the shortlist when they announce!

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