3 Day Novel gallery
Writing a novel in three days. Whose hare-brained idea was that?
Jake's comic, charting the stages of his decline... [img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/3-day-novel-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_1.jpg]100And we're off!
Next stop, middle-of-nowhere Devon. [img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/3-day-novel-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_2.jpg]50The Arvon Creative Writing Centre in Devon.
This was the first ever Arvon Centre, founded by Ted Hughes. Great place for the 3 Day Novel Challenge [img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/3-day-novel-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_3.jpg]50My writing cell
(not quite a garret) for the three days. [img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/3-day-novel-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_4.jpg]40With a few hours to go.
It's an oldie, but it's a goodie. [img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/3-day-novel-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_5.jpg]30My writing schedule.
Enough to make you bleed from your fingertips. [img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/3-day-novel-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_6.jpg]40Day 1, session 1. 5am.
About to begin the novel. [img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/3-day-novel-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_7.jpg]40Day 1, session 2, 12pm.
At least I've done the first 5000 words! Now for the next 5000... [img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/3-day-novel-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_8.jpg]3020 mins walk in the country...
But don't stop thinking. [img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/3-day-novel-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_9.jpg]60Day 1, session 3: 7pm-midnight.
The graveyard shift. I'm all alone in this place. No phone signal or internet. Don't think about it. Write on. [img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/3-day-novel-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_10.jpg]40Day 2, session 1, 5am.
Up at 4am today to start writing at 5am. The pain is beginning to set in. [img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/3-day-novel-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_11.jpg]10This was taken at 5am.
Pitch black outside, but I have a daylight-simulating lightbox which is fab. [img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/3-day-novel-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_12.jpg]10Day 2, session 2, 12pm-5pm. The halfway point!
I am ecstatic. Obviously. [img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/3-day-novel-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_13.jpg]20Someone lent me these
But I didn't use them in the end. [img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/3-day-novel-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_14.jpg]20Day 2, session 3, 7pm-midnight.
Gruelling - so gruelling. But I press on. [img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/3-day-novel-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_15.jpg]20Final day. 5am.
30,000 words down, 15,000 words to go. And I am absolutely knackered. [img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/3-day-novel-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_16.jpg]10Day 3, 12pm - penultimate session.
Light at the end of the tunnel! [img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/3-day-novel-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_18.jpg]20A walk before the last session.
It's a good evening to finish a novel. [img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/3-day-novel-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_20.jpg]20Ah my old friend.
There's only one way to get through the final 5000 words... [img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/3-day-novel-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_21.jpg]30Last session! Come on!
45,000 words behind me. 5,000 words ahead of me. Christ, it's still a lot. [img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/3-day-novel-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_22.jpg]10The moment I typed the word
On another planet... [img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/3-day-novel-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_23.jpg]10Wooo hooo!
Joy of joys. I've done it! [img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/3-day-novel-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_24.jpg]10The afterglow.
I'm a new dad, with a blinking baby novel on the desk. [img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/3-day-novel-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_25.jpg]10Bliss of the morning after.
I think I'm singing a song about flying. [img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/3-day-novel-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_26.jpg]30Back home
The wine after the journey after the novel. I miss my characters. But I'm back with real people, so it's not so bad. [img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/3-day-novel-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_61807_10150260054480581_873975580_14858985_5482321_n.jpg]30I survived the 3 Day Novel Challenge
In 1977, in a bar in Vancouver, two brothers, Stephen and Tom Osborne, were drinking with a group of friends. The conversation turned to authors such as Voltaire and Kerouac, who were said to have written iconic novels in mere days. The whisky flowed. At closing time, filled with Dutch courage, each promised to return three days later having written a novel of his own.
Thus began the “3 Day Novel Contest”, the deformed left foot of the literary world. Over the years it has attracted a range of madcap entrants, including a man who wrote his novel up a tree, people who wrote their novels live on reality TV and a woman who twice — twice — entered in her final month of pregnancy. This year I decide to enter. Like most novelists, my output is ordinarily 1,000-3,000 words a day. Under the rules I have to write 45,000 words in three days. What could possibly go wrong?
Read the first chapter of Jake’s 3 Day Novel.