24 Hour Novel

On Saturday, May 28, I joined 22 other writers to complete a novel in 24 hours. The project was being featured at an art show in New Jersey, where patrons could watch the novel being written on screen in real-time, as 23 writers simultaneously edited the same document.

At 12:00 am that day, the novel’s outline was released to the writers, along with character descriptions and our chapter assignment. We had until midnight to write at least 2,700 words. At the end of the 24 hours I wound up having written 3,274 words.

I wrote most of my chapter from 1:30 am until 5:30 am.

Sleep wasn’t an option.

After a morning commitment in Maine, I headed to a coffee shop in Newmarket, NH where some of the writers were gathering, rotating in and out in different shifts as the hours ticked by.

Lesson learned that day: I write better in solitary silence.

I headed home to complete my chapter and skim-edit the chapter before and after mine, and skim other chapters for consistency.

Editing was a mad dash as the clock was counting down.

I made my final edit at 11:58 p.m.

At midnight, the novel was complete, and is available to read for free at this site.

Local press coverage was here.

Click here for photos from May 28, 2011


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