“Every person needs to do three things before dying: have a child, plant a tree, and write a book.”
Even if that old adage isn’t true, Snow College students interested in writing are in luck—National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is right around the corner.
NaNoWriMo is an annual, internet based writing project that takes place every November. The goal of this non-profit organization is to challenge people to write 50,000 words starting on Nov. 1st and ending Nov. 30th at 11:59 PM. “Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.” (taken from nanowrimo.org) They encourage more people to write and motivate them throughout the writing process.
Many authors have experienced success through NaNoWriMo, such as Sara Gruen, who wrote the novel Water for Elephants, which was later produced into a movie that grossed over $117 million in the box office.
NaNoWriMo has been successful in aiding writers of all ages by forming them into groups that support one another throughout the writing process. As participants write their novels, they keep their online NaNoWriMo account updated with a word count. Meanwhile, NaNoWriMo publishes webinars and useful articles to help their community be organized, prepared, and excited.