3-Day Novel Postmortem

The 3-Day Novel Contest has officially concluded, friends, and I am relieved to say that I survived. (Fingers are still a bit tender, but they’re recovering.)

Over three days, I wrote 97 pages, or about 29,000 words, of a novel(la). It was…a singular experience, grueling at times, but there’s something to be said for pushing yourself that hard, and I now know I can write over 13,000 words in a day if I really, really must. (Hopefully not in the near future. Ow.)

Other relevant metrics:

–About 125 Oxford commas, by my count.

–12 caffeinated beverages consumed.

–20 hours of sleep.

–Six ideas discarded before the one I ended up writing.

–One celebratory playing of Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer.” (What? I was halfway there.)

If you pledged, let me know when you fulfill your pledge, and I’ll update the main page. Also, if you contact me with your address, I’ll send you a thank-you note!

If you didn’t pledge, but still want to donate, here are the charities one last time:

Many thanks to everyone who supported this project and patiently followed along via Twitter. (Or politely ignored me.) And lots of love and appreciation to everyone who pledged.

3-Day Novel Update

Friends, the 3-Day Novel Contest starts at 12:01am on Saturday. Hard to believe it’s almost here. I’m mostly not panicking…

You’ll be able to follow my during-contest adventures and lamentations on Twitter (#3DayNovel). I’ll also post another update here after the fact.

As for the fundraising, we’ve done remarkably well, with between $611 and $758 in total pledges (some variability for length and other conditions).

I wanted to note that for anyone who would prefer to make their donation to a comparable organization in Houston or elsewhere in east Texas, that is absolutely fine by me. However, I would encourage you to stick with local groups and, of course, do as much research as possible.

Otherwise, this is the current division of pledges (again with some variability):

Remember, the goal is $250 each and there’s still time to pledge!

With that, I will see you on the other side…