The #3DayNovel Contest: Day 1, Hour 1

My outline is done. My Scrivener file is set up. I’ve refilled the ink in all my fountain pens, and readied an army of ballpoints, Sharpies and highlighters for brainstorming in the notebook I’ve dedicated to Prime Time notes.

My husband and I have restocked the refrigerator with food.

My desk is (relatively) clean.

My whiteboard is ready with some inspirational quotes:


My iPad is charged up.

The cats have plenty of food in the pantry.

A friend sent me a link to Rainy Café for ambient white noise – a new productivity tool in my arsenal.

I’ve got my iTunes playlist full of lyric-free music queued up. (Musicians include Hildur Gudnadottir, Hauschka, Chet Baker, Zoe Keating, Amon Tobin, Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto, Tsegue-maryam Guebrou, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, plus a little Ludwig Van and Mr. Mozart himself to round things out. If you’ve like to listen to some of the tunes I use, click here for my YouTube playlist. Also, Venice Classic Radio is always good in a pinch for uninterrupted classical tunes.)

I’ve got fellow writers to cheer me on, inspire me, and kick my ass – and for whom I can do the same. Shout outs to:

I’m ready for three days of writing. The 3 Day Novel Contest begins. Let’s do this!

P.S. If you’re also noveling this weekend, keep in touch @originaloflaura on Twitter! And don’t forget to grab a 99¢ copy of my book, Confessions of a 3-Day Novelist: How to Write an Entire Book in Just 72 Hours, for whenever you’re in need of a pep talk. Happy noveling!