by Alex Arnold, sophomore writing coach
NaNoWriMo has begun. For those of you who aren’t familiar with every novelist’s favorite time of year, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) takes place every November. Participants attempt to put fifty thousand words down before the month is out. It’s exciting and stressful at the same time, and I keep coming back for more despite the fact that I have never succeeded.
Everyone should try NaNoWriMo, even if you don’t like writing for school. Writing novels isn’t something we do in class, and it’s incredibly different from writing an essay. It’s a new experience that each and every person should have.
Writing fifty thousand words is a lot, especially during the school year when we all have homework and a variety of activities eating away at our precious time. Typing over one thousand five hundred words takes around forty minutes, but don’t use that as an excuse for not participating. Remember the old cliché: it’s the journey, not the destination.
Maybe you have the perfect idea all lined up. Maybe you’ve spent all year planning the perfect characters, plot, and setting, and when November finally rolls around you’re all set to go. Maybe you only have a vague idea for a plot, and you just want to see where the twists and turns take you as you write. Either way, give NaNo a shot.
Just remember that NaNoWriMo isn’t just for the hardened author. Anyone and everyone who has ever had the faintest interest in trying to write a book should join in. It’s your chance to put your ideas down on paper, and in NaNoWrimo there are no bad ideas.
Who knows? You might just create something special.
To find out more and sign up, go to nanowrimo.org