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At the stroke of midnight on November 1st 2010, numerous people around the world pulled up a word document on their computers (or opened a new notebook) and wrote the first few words  in their novels. It was the start of National Novel Writing Month a.k.a NaNoWriMo.

All throughout the month of October I would log in to Facebook and see people’s status’ about NaNoWriMo. At first I didn’t think much of it. Eventually the more I saw NaNoWriMo the more I got annoyed because everyone was talking about it. It basically flooded my news feed. It reminded me of when Justin Bieber first came on the scene. The more I read about him and saw posts from YouTube on Facebook the more I didn’t like him. For NaNoWriMo, the minute I looked up what it meant the more hooked I got.

November is National Novel Writing Month. In one month your goal is to write 50,000 new words. It can be towards a new novel or a novel you have been working on. It just has to be 50,000 words. But of course you can go over the 50,000 goal. There’s a website towards this phenomenon called NaNoWriMo.com. You sign up and have a pen name. Then you have a counter. You type a little bit every day and then enter how many words you have written. Then a meter will fill up. Once the meter is full it will turn green. Between the 25th-30th of November you can verify your word count and then the meter will turn purple. This means you have won NaNoWriMo. And what do you get out of it? Bragging rights: you can grab to everyone that you finished a novel or 50,000 words in a month. A certificate: after you verify how many words you have type on the site you get taken to a page where you get to download a certificate officially stating that you won. Free Manuscript: The self-publishing portion of Amazon.com, CreateSpace, has teamed up with NaNoWriMo. Those who have won will be able to get a free copy of their manuscript which they can later use to sell on amazon.com.

For many they are returning veterans of NaNo. For some this was their first year. But for most they are balancing this work load along with other, more important issues like children and work; especially school work. “I’ve been doing NaNoWriMo for the past seven years and found this one to be most difficult. It’s hard balancing schoolwork and NaNo, but I know I’ll manage it somehow!” – Emily Upton, HU, Class of 2012.

“Well, I first heard about NaNoWriMo a year ago and started. I wrote 5,000 words and gave up. It was tough because it was senior year and I was doing college stuff, but I decided I would try harder next (ie this) year. And I have. I had a great start to begin with but then things got busy again. I’m probably about 8,000 words behind at this point, but I’m planning on getting back into things during vacation. The great thing about NaNoWriMo is that it creates this community that otherwise wouldn’t exist. Many writers tend to be less social, I think, so having something that forces them, in a way, to be social is really beneficial.” -Abby Hargreaves, HU, Class of 2014.

Many find NaNoWriMo pretty easy once they set a goal of how many words to write a day. Some, like me, have planned their novels a week in advanced. But for some they have had difficulty in working on their novel. Be it from homework, to motivation, or to not liking how the plot is forming. “The hardest part about NANO is having the motivation to write every day, but the best part is seeing how far you’ve come in such a short amount of time. ” – Hillary Kursh, HU, Class of 2014

“I’ve been doing NaNoWriMo for 5 years now, and this has been the hardest year for some reason. But I’ll get through it. I have to win! :)” – Danielle Pope, HU, Class of 2014

No matter if you finish your novel or you end up being a couple thousand words behind, many love the feeling of attempt such a big project. What’s even more rewarding is that you end up joining a giant community. “National Novel Writing Month is not just about writing a novel. It’s about exploring your imagination, testing your limits, and persevering through adversity. Whether you choose to publish your novel or not, you will be grateful for the experience.” – Jessica Newberne, HU, Class of 2014

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