November is known as National Novel Writing Month, or Nanowrimo for short. Every year, thousands of people participate in Nanowrimo, and attempt to write every single day in November. The goal of Nanowrimo is that hopefully by the end of the month, writers have completed a novel. Even though word count doesn’t matter most of the time, on the official Nanowrimo website the goal is to have 50,000 words by the end of the month. I know that seems a lot, but over the course of the month the word count gradually increases every day.
Some of our Stevenson students have partaken in Nanowrimo this year and in past years. A fellow English Major, Lanett Bagley, participated this year and was able to write 22,060 words for her novel, Their City, which centers on a teen vampire. I have also participated this year and managed to write 3,051 word for my novel, Bayside, which is about a group of teenagers dealing with the obstacles of high school.
As someone that has done Nanowrimo for two years, it is a great way to get you out of writer’s block. Even when I have gotten stuck, there is an official website for Nanowrimo that has forums where you can talk with other writers, as well as having scheduled events, such as virtual write-ins, throughout the month. Even if you don’t see yourself as a creative writer, it is still a fun thing to do along with your friends.