To celebrate the opening of a new NiaD sub-forum I thought I’d pull together a list of FAQs about the event. Note, that I’ve taken some pretty generous liberties with the definition of ‘frequently’.
What is Novel-in-a-Day?
Do I have to be a professional / published writer?
Is there an age limit on participants?
English is not my first language, can I still take part?
Do you check participants’ writing standard before accepting them?
Can you tell me the genre in advance?
What if I’m late with my submission?
I’m short on my word count, is that okay?
Can I get help / collaborate on my chapter?
Where did the idea for NiaD come from?
Who comes up with the stories?
Do I have to use Scrivener?
What format should I provide my submission in?
Are there foreign language versions I can take part in?
I’m not free that day. Do I have to wait a whole year?
What about twice a year?
How do you plan the stories?
Who owns the copyright on the finished work?
Where can I read other participants’ chapter briefs?
Can I have a practice chapter?
I want to take part but am scared to share my work!?
Will I be stuck with a sex scene?
What if I’m uncomfortable with violence / grisly scenes?
Will anyone have a chapter with only one person in it?
What is the policy on swear words / graphic imagery?
How are chapter briefs allocated?
I don’t like my brief. Can I change / switch?
Can I do a cover instead of a chapter?
Do I have to write in a particular style?
Can I use a pen name instead of my real name?
Where can I read previous years’ books?
Will sections be edited?
I’ve read my brief and I’m panicking. Is this normal?
What if I’m in a different timezone?
Why can’t I know the rest of the story / my place in the story?
Do I have the first chapter?
Do I have the last chapter?
Can I ask for more information on the day?
Is there a place I can hang out and banter during the day of the event?
How will I receive my brief?
Why does pigfender continue to do this every year despite moaning about how much he hates it?
Can I see the Scrivener project used to create the book please?
How are the books compiled?
Are the books produced using the Mac version or the Windows version of Scrivener?
I don’t recognise the authors names from their forum handles. Can you provide a map?
What do I get in an information pack?
How prescriptive are the chapter briefs?
How much detail is given on the characters?
Can I make up my own characters?
That all sounds brilliant! Where do I sign up?
Hey! I also wrote a NiaD! Where can I get one of those sweeeet forum badges?
Is there any merchandise available?
I missed the early NiaDs. Will you be re-running those at any point?