I know people have done this before, because people have written short length novels over the course of the 3-day novel challenge.
But let me be (probably not) the first to say that it's a lot of work.
Surprisingly, I got done a little over 3,000 words in an hour, so I can see where other people could accomplish a novel in a weekend. But me? I'm burned out.
When I get inside my character's head - really inside their head - and I'm writing from a hugely emotional standpoint (this whole novella has been one emotional trigger after another), I get my own gut wrenched. I just spend the last thousand words sobbing as I brought my character to his emotional conclusions. His resolve and the decisions that he has made for himself brought me to my own tears, as I know how I would feel if I were in the same situation.
And that's the thing: It's every emotion at once.
Now that the 9,094 words are out of the way, I feel exhausted. Not mentally, no, my brain can continue to pump out words for days. But I'm emotionally hollowed out, my character burrowed a hole into my brain and I no longer have the emotional capacity for even myself.
Does anyone else get this emotionally invested in their characters? I find that when I do cry, the words flow more genuinely onto the page, with true emotions and feelings. The negative, well, I already said that. It takes a lot of work.
I don't ever want to hear anyone say that writing is not a real job.
Oh - and now I have a fancy new Camp NaNoWriMo badge to show off in the corner. Yay accomplishing goals!