I got a spot!
A couple days ago, registration opened for the 2015 Muskoka Novel Marathon. Less than an hour and a half later, it was closed. That’s how fast the 40 spots filled up. The thing about the MNM is that it’s one of the coolest writing experiences ever. On one hand it’s a stellar fundraising initiative in support of literacy, and on the other, it’s 72 hours of total madness that, evidently, writers cannot get enough of.
I participated in 2012 and 2013 (you can read about it here and here). I didn’t go last year because I was planning another trip during that time (which fell through), and believe me, I regretted it. I did visit, though, and got to see the new venue for the event, the Active Living Centre in Huntsville, Ontario. I vowed to do everything I could to get in for 2015…and I did!
So on July 10th, I will be spending 72 hours writing like a maniac.
What does this mean?
Well, first off, writing an actual novel in 3 days isn’t really possible (well, I’m sure it’s possible, but not for most writers). A novella (tiny novel), maybe. But I write novels that range between 80,000 – 95,000 words. In 2012, I got about 25,000 words down during the MNM. It was an amazing experience because having the ability to spend 3 uninterrupted days with your head in a story leads to some pretty great story writing. That young adult manuscript had such a strong foundation that I went home and took it all the way to 81,000 words by the following month (it did receive an honorable mention for that year, and I am in the process of revising it).
In 2013, I thought I’d take my then current work-in-progress—which I was stuck on rewriting—and use the time to plow through it. It didn’t work. I ended up feeling so pressured to “unblock” that I wrote a bunch of crap. (Fear not. All is well. I rewrote it—probably three more times after that—settled on the title GIRL, and it will be published in 2016. Woo!) So this year, I will do what worked the first time: I will take a YA novel idea and a basic outline, and I will start fresh and hope for a strong foundation.
Now I must ask for money.
Because it’s a fundraiser after all. We’re aiming to raise $20,000. Obviously, every little bit helps. I will take small change. I’ve also made a donation page, which is probably going to be the easiest way to do it because paying online is just so convenient. My goal is to raise $500 (minimum), and I would be grateful to anyone who could help me get there.
Please note: Anyone who contributes to my fundraiser will get to name one of my characters.
I did this in 2012—and for those of you who donated then, I absolutely inserted your names in that manuscript. This time around, I’m going to let you give me the name you want in there. If you want your own name, that’s cool. If you want your kid’s name, awesome. If you want to force me to use something ridiculous like Cornelius Von Crapenschapel, go for it. 😉
So consider supporting me!
If you feel like taking a little trip to Huntsville on the weekend of July 10-13 2015, do it! The doors of the venue are open to visitors, and we love when people drop by. Also we’re not confined to the room or anything, so we can go for a stroll and a drink.