Several years ago, I heard about a competition called, The 3-Day Novel Contest. It happens every Labor day and involves writing a rough-draft of a novel, and submitting it at the end of the weekend. The comments from past participants range from, “A great opportunity to do something that I’ve always wanted to do”, to, “Who was the twisted S.O.B. who first came up with this idea?!” This quote is on the competition’s website:
A coffee-fueled, plot-weaving literary juggernaut.” Playboy Magazine.
I don’t know if I’ll do this or not, but there is something very appealing about it to me partly because it so “unknown”. I like the idea of pushing myself past what I think I can do, not knowing if I even can do it, and wondering if maybe I will find some hidden strength that I didn’t know I had.
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. T. S. Eliot
For any of you that think this sounds like an interesting idea, the details are below!
It began as a dare, became an act of defiance, and today, 35 years after its birth, the 3-Day Novel Contest still reigns as one of the world’s most maddening, compelling and exhilarating challenges for writers.