So far there have been two Novel in a Day exercises. For anyone not aware, the NiaD is a collaborative writing exercise where a group of writers get together and write every single word of a novel over the course of a single 24 hour period. Doesn’t sound challenging enough? Here are a few additional complications:
1) The authors have no idea what kind of story (even the genre) until the day itself.
2) The authors have no idea what the rest of the story involves – they just get the brief for their own chapter.
3) The authors have no idea where in the story their chapter fits. If they are the first chapter, they don’t know it. If they are the last chapter, they don’t know it.
The NIAD format adds quite a lot of new pressures to the writing process, but somehow it seems to remove some of the normal and familiar ones in a way that enables you to get on with it. Still, I was wondering this year whether to remove one of these additional pressures, by posting the story’s genre in advance. That would give the participants a bit of time to at least get in the right frame of mind, and maybe mull over a few things in their head before the day itself.
Would this make taking part easier? Would it increase the anticipation and allow you to enjoy the run up to the event more?
Or are you on the other side of the fence? Would it remove some of the spontaneity of the day or somehow detract from the purity of it all?
Let me know what you think in the comments.
You can download the previous NiaD books in a variety of formats for free from the following pages:
Or read about the event in general: http://www.pigfender.com/index.php/category/niad/