Monday, December 6, 2010

72 Hour Novel(la) crashlands in the Latern!

Students aim to make mini-masterpieces in 72 hours
Published: Sunday, December 5, 2010
Updated: Sunday, December 5, 2010 21:12

For rare students who finished their finals early or turned in projects ahead of time, finals week can be a restless time. Two Ohio State students have a solution: help write a novella.
OSU students Andrew Mikac and Alexander Kinsel collaborated to bring their idea of writing a novella to fruition. The 72 Hour Novella projects asks students to take three days and write a short piece of fiction.
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. next Monday and ending at 11:59 p.m. the following Wednesday, OSU students can contribute to the project by writing a minimum of 8,000 words in 72 hours to create their own personal novella, which will be displayed on the event's blog, according to the 72 Hour Novella Facebook page.
Mikac, a fourth-year in economics and English said that he and Kinsel read about similar projects online and wanted to bring the idea to OSU.
Rules for the novella are listed on the "72 Hour Novel(la)" Facebook group page.
Participants are also asked to use at least two names from a list of stock names provided as characters in their stories.
"The stock character names allow for a ‘thread' that will — hopefully — weave the stories together," said Kinsel, a fourth-year in English. "Turner Hotchkins could be fighting zombies in one story, andthen seducing his brother's fiancĂ©e in the next."
So far, about 30 people have signed up to participate, and Mikac anticipates actual participation to be anywhere from five to 50 people.
"The idea (of the novella is) that it's a fun experiment," he said. "It's not meant to be intimidating."
Mikac and Kinsel are also creating a panel that will distribute awards for submissions. The panel will include both Mikac, Kinsel and professors.
Students interested in participating are asked to confirm participation by Friday.
"Basically, 72 Hour Novella is a selfish event for me," Kinsel said. "I'm looking forward to the change to devote three days to writing. No excuses, just words."

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Inaugural 72 Hour Novel(la)

72 hours. One piece of fiction. Many perspectives.
Three Day Novel(la)

72 Hours. Brainstorm, draft and polish one long piece of fiction. Get out all that trapped creative tension. Finish exhausted.

It's pretty simple. You're always coming up with great ideas, but your follow through is terrible. You've got excuses, commitments, things that always seem to swoop in and take precedent. Big deal. We all do. This December 13 through 15, it's time to quit thinking and start writing. 4320 minutes to take that great idea you've been kicking around and get it on paper.

Please realize that while there will be Columbus-area events coinciding with the inaugural 72 Hour Novel(la), just because you won't be "around" doesn't mean you can't still crank out your mini-masterpiece. It doesn't matter where you'll be during these 259,200 seconds - stuck on campus, abroard, home for the holidays, even living in Cincinnati - all you have to do is write.

You may be thinking, "Jeez, 8,000 words in 72 hours is out of the question. I can't even read that much in three days." And if you are, you're being foolish. It's one word ever 32.4 seconds. You probably text 8,000 words in 72 hours.

You may be thinking, "I don't know how to write." That's ridiculous. Just do it.

Three Day Novel(la)


(1) 72 hours to write. Beginning @12:01 AM, 12/13/10. Ending @ 11:59 PM, 12/15/10
(2) Must abide by "honor code", no 'phyiscal' writing prior to the 12:01am start time.
(3) Submissions due by 12:30 am on 12/16/10 to
(4) Must use at least two of the stock character names
(5) 8,000 word minimum to be considered a complete submission
(6) Confirm participation by 12/10/10

Stock Names:

(M) Jeremy Marcel
(F) Clara Hines
(M) Turner Hotchkins
(F) Sophia Breckridge

Finished pieces will be posted on the 72 Hour Novella Blog for practically all of the free world to see. You'll feel really good about yourself. Your grandmother will be thrilled.
Submissions accepted from anyone writing from anywhere.
Write like the world is ending in three days.

Good luck.

-The 72 hour novel(la) team