Have you ever wanted to write a novel?
National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for short) is a yearly event held to challenge writers across the globe to write 50,000 words during the month of November. This comes out to about 1,667 words per day for 30 days.
That sounds crazy! Why should I participate, especially as a student with no time to spare?
You don't necessarily need to write a novel to benefit from the principles of NaNoWriMo. You don't even need to commit to writing 50,000 words. You can use this event to make progress on that essay due in a couple weeks, or even just to de-stress and distract yourself. The idea behind NaNoWriMo is to set word count goals and then just write as much as possible as quickly as possible--aim for quantity, not quality.
This can be extremely beneficial to your overall writing process. It forces you to turn off that inner editor and get words down on the page. It also forces you to set goals, establish habits, and follow through. You can challenge your friends and classmates to participate, and even hold word wars and other friendly competitions.
The key to success is accountability, so we encourage you to check out the NaNoWriMo website and consider making an account. You can also come in to the Writing Center to share your word count goals and successes with us on our word count tracker poster.
How is the LBCC Albany Campus Writing Center getting involved?
Here are some of our plans:
- Several of our Writing Assistants are determined to win NaNo this year. Come in and challenge us to beat your word count!
- We will have handouts available to help you with character development, plot-planning, and goal-setting.
- We can give you pep talks whenever you need it.