NovelRace

Twitter hashtag :: Facebook page

It started with Samit Basu calling for a wordcount race on Twitter. The motive was simple enough – to tell each other, “Write, bugger, write.” And perhaps to point and laugh when you’re ahead.

So here’s where we are right now. Finish a novel (‘novel’ here would mean anything – screenplay, play, graphic novel script, non-fiction or, of course, fiction – exceeding 60,000 words) by October 31st. Meet on Twitter, update, heckle each other, make a tally every weekend, and bitch. Everyone is welcome.

As Samit says, there’s no real group objective beyond going “DAMN, he/she is 5K words ahead again!”

It’s all being done up on Twitter. You can follow the updates and contribute using the hashtag #NovelRace.

Current participants: @samitbasu, @mohaps, @allVishal, @TinyToots, @decemberschild, @thedilettante, @adityab, @sidin, @angadc, @kokobano, @allabtanimation, @rads, @shaaqT, @writefly, @RexTR, @iyermatter, @fubar69, @shesturningblue, @paytfor, @ibanov, @nushkush, @radhika_rayan, @pinkandpop, @sheetalVyas, @vimoh, @FallingDownFast, @flyingfootage, @ArchisM, @captainblubear, @vasudhapande, @triya, @rehabc, @SatsJo, @drqanungo, tired, Mahendra Waghela, Pallavi Kosunam, Rahul Varshneya, Nithya Ravi, Baisali Chatterjee Dutt, Henna Achhpal, Meghna Hazarika, Monica Khatri.

Anyone who wishes to join should give a shout-out to Samit (@samitbasu) or me (@adityab).

Updates will be posted as (usually after) they occur.

June 10th: Participant list updated. Rules edited for clarity.

June 10th Update 2:

Note from Samit Basu:

Perhaps we should also add that this is far less structured than things like NaNoWriMo. There are no rules, no one’s checking your work, what you do with your finished book afterwards is entirely up to you. Also, no real rules as far as eligibility is concerned – you just need to want to finish your book/screenplay/play/comic, it should be a full-length piece that would serve as a first draft that you could show publishers after editing. Thassall.

Even the wordcount guidelines we’ve set up are, like the Pirate Code, just guidelines. Don’t ask us whether your work is eligible. It is. Write it.

June 10th Update 3:

Click here to visit the Facebook page. Join to participate or watch.

Also, a note: This is not a contest. There is no Panel of Judges. The prize is a shiny new finished novel.

Eligibility: Anyone who wishes to join. Yes, even if you’ve already started the novel. Jump in as you like. Start today/start in July – it’s all good.

Non-Twitterers should join and update on the Facebook page.

Further updates once daily.

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32 responses to “NovelRace

  1. admirably and succintly put. I think this is beginning to go a bit viral as well.

  2. Alright! Am in. Hopefully am not eating ’em anytime soon! :-)

  3. i m joining the race as shaaqT! i need to get started on writing my second novel :( (esp since the first one has been rejected :P)

  4. @rads, @Shakti: Added. Welcome to NovelRace.

  5. Perhaps we should also add that this is far less structured than things like NaNoWriMo. There are no rules, no one’s checking your work, what you do with your finished book afterwards is entirely up to you. Also, no real rules as far as eligibility is concerned – you just need to want to finish your book/screenplay/play/comic, it should be a full-length piece that would serve as a first draft that you could show publishers after editing. thassall.

    Also, @rexTR has joined.

  6. Even the wordcount guidelines we’ve set up are, like the Pirate Code, just guidelines. Don’t ask us whether your work is eligible. It is. Write it.

  7. I can’t understand how this works. :-(
    Could you please explain?
    I’m very very interested!!

  8. Ok I guess I got it. But what if someone’s bluffing the word count? When did it start. I’m currently at 457 words. Can I join in?

    • It’s not really a competition (although it vaguely started as one). Everyone who finishes a novel is a winner. It’s just a little motivation thing. If someone bluffs their wordcount, their loss.

      Eligibility: Anyone who wants to join. So of course you can.

  9. @shesturningblue has joined.
    Henna, if people want to bluff the wordcount that’s up to them. There’s no cash prize or incentive for this – we’re all just trying to get work done. Ultimately the only real proof of actual work will be if the book comes out, or if the writer involved shares it on the net. But that’s not something we’re asking for, since this is not an Official Contest with a Panel of Judges.

  10. and no penalties right? apart from deep disappointment at own terribly lazy self? Count me in.

  11. do PhD thesis count too? then I’m in.

  12. @SheetalVyas @pinkandpop @flyingfootage
    Also we should point out that non-Twitter members are welcome to join the FB group and post their wordcounts directly over there.

  13. Ok, got it. One question, the publication of the novel is guaranteed?

  14. Three publishers watching?? Who all?

  15. not going to tell. it’ll distract.

  16. Kaushik Chatterji

    Just so that the number comes down, Kaushik Chatterji = @ibanov. I know I posted this on the FB page as well, but still.

  17. Hey, I think I’m going to start today. Wish me luck @karmanya

  18. Am in! @silenteloquence

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  20. @karmanya, @silenteloquence: Welcome to Novelrace. Update/join in on Twitter/FB. Good luck!

  21. I am in better late than never! Joined on Twitter and FB too! :)

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  23. I’m in too :)

  24. @Vikas, Whacky, mikimbizii: Hey all. Welcome to NovelRace.

  25. oooh, this is fun! am joining the race!

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