Update: The 3-Day Novel Challenge has officially ended for 2017. It was a success!
As you complete your pledges, let me know and I will update this page. The current count is as follows:
- Americans for Immigrant Justice: $180
- Enoch Pratt Free Library: $180
- Women’s Prison Association: $184
Afterward, please contact me with your address so I can send you a thank-you note. (DMs on Twitter or Facebook are also fine.)
And do check back next year to see if I decide to engage in this insanity again…
What is this? Each year, the 3-Day Novel Challenge takes place over Labor Day Weekend. The goal? Just how it sounds: roll out a novel draft in 72 hours.
As with NaNoWriMo, the resulting works fall more into the novella range, but still, 100 pages in three days is nothing to sneer at.
This year, I have decided to sign up for this wild ride, but I’ve tweaked the model for myself a bit. I want to do it for charity.
Why? Some people can run fast and/or for long distances. Others host inspiring fundraisers. Still more are great at accosting people on sidewalks while holding clipboards. That’s not really me. What I can do is write a lot of words in a relatively short period of time.
How it works: In the comments below, make your pledge, including which of the three charities you’re going to donate to and how much. You can make a flat pledge, e.g., $25 if I complete the challenge, or pledge based on how much I write, e.g., $1 per page or per every 1,000 words. (Keep in mind that I will probably end up with something between 90 and 120 pages or 27,000-36,000 words.) If you like, you can create your own rubric such as $2 for every Oxford comma.
Goal: I would love to raise $250 for each organization. If we hit that, I’ll add some stretch goals.
Pledge Deadline: 11:59pm EST on Monday, September 4 (when the challenge itself ends).
What do I get out of it? The satisfaction of helping others? Also, I’ll send you a thank you note with a random line from the novel. You may or may not be able to read it–my handwriting is notoriously terrible–but it will be scribbled with gratitude.
Note: I am not collecting anyone’s money or distributing it to said charities. You’re on your honor to fulfill your pledge, just like I’m on my honor to complete the draft in the time allotted. If you want, though, you can comment or tweet at me when you complete your pledge and I’ll note it here on the website. No money is going to me in this venture; I’ve already covered my own registration fees.
Finally, if by some absurd stroke of luck, my novel wins or places in the contest, I will contribute 50% of what it wins to the charities.
Disclaimer: 3-Day Novel’s involvement in this extends only to my participating in their annual novel challenge. They are neither endorsing the charities I’ve chosen nor supporting my using their event in this particular way. As such, they are not liable or responsible for this project.
Again, if you’d like to participate, just note your pledge in the comments below. I’ll post a few updates on the homepage and on social media, so stay tuned!