Writing Challenge Accepted: The 24-Hour Novella

It is with great excitement (and some butterflies in my belly) that I announce the ultimate writing challenge, which I am determined to take on over this coming weekend.

As those of you who have read my author profile will know, I am currently writing my first full-length novel.

Needless to say, this is taking me a while.

In the meantime, I am wary about not having any creative outputs for my readers to enjoy.

Whilst short stories are great and offer a lot of scope for inventing interesting characters and settings, I do feel that it’s time to write something more substantial and more similar to a novel in length.

The only question is: where to find the time?  

Having recently devoured Andrew Mayne’s excellent kindle book How to Write a Novella in 24 Hours, I felt as though the essential question I had been asking was finally answered.

Now, determined to get my bum in the chair and eager to attempt this seemingly impossible feat, I have followed Andrew’s advice and outlined the novella (into 23 chapters).

I will begin to write at 6:00 a.m. GMT on Saturday morning (16th July 2016).

Whilst there will be little scope for me to stop and comment on the process, I will be tweeting the occasional live update (@DarkfictionComa via #24HourNovella).

Whether I will end up having the stamina to actually write for 24 hours straight remains to be seen…

…I am rather attached to my sleep these days.

However, a 12 hour – 12 hour split would still count and mean that I will have written a novella (17,500-40,000 words) within 24 hours!

Of course this will only be a first draft and there will need to be editing and proofreading before I can share my 24-hour-novella with the world (for free).  

However, any lessons learned from the process will be carefully collated into a detailed project report which I will also be making available for free (even if I fail to achieve my goal).

Since I can’t share the details of the story that I have cooked up for this challenge yet (still subject to minor change throughout the writing process), let me at least share some general pointers about what is to come:

Title: Mind Wars

Genre: Cyberpunk / Romance

World: A working class world full of people determined to fight their way to a better life.

So, keep your eyes on twitter this weekend and have a good one!

Image Attribution:By J.Ligero & I.Barrios (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

5 thoughts on “Writing Challenge Accepted: The 24-Hour Novella

  1. It sounds like you’ll have to hit the sack early on the 15th (or take a ton of naps throughout your writing day). Good luck and I can’t wait to hear how it all turned out. 🙂

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    1. Hahaha! Thanks. Any encouragement much appreciated. I shall buy you a coffee sometime via that button on your page. 😉
      Yes, early night tonight is the plan. I am going to have to stock up on coffee on my way home from work. Then it’s writing time!! Can’t wait to dive into the world of Mind Wars and I am looking forward to sharing the experience once the experiment has run its course. Xxx

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