November? More Like Novel-ember

This is the month of writing where aspiring writers get to share their creative ideas to the world.


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Adalie Landa, Staff Writer

Now that October has passed, a new challenge/activity has come about for the fall season of November. This month is National Novel Writing Month where writers enter a competition  or just do this for fun. During NaNoWriMo, writers write as many words by the time November comes to an end. National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) is a writing event that was started by a freelance writer Chris Baty in 1999 at San Francisco Bay. You can enter the competition at the NaNoWriMo website and the goal is to write 50,000 words starting November 1 to November 30. This means that you would have to write at least 1,667 words a day to meet your goal by November 31. But you can also just write as many words as you can in your novel and not stress about the writing limit. Reading on your free time can give writers inspiration and more knowledge on how to smooth out transitions and make sure that they are not telling but showing. By reading you can be more freely in writing without having to worry about what comes next. During this month, it is all about putting words on a page and re-visioning in the next months to come.

 Other people disagree with NaNoWriMo and think that writers should be able to take their time to plan out. On Huffpost, Claire Fallon writes about Jen Fisher, the assistant editor of Berkeley Group, response to National November Writing Month. Fisher says, “It takes time to develop an idea, characters, plot, never mind actually writing the book and then refining it”. Writers like her agree along with this statement because they “didn’t want to force [themselves] to just put words on a page”. But on the NaNoWriMo website, there are other ways to participate in, for example, the write-in programs where you meet up somewhere with people and write together. Whether you celebrate with friends and just write for fun, or you enter the competition to challenge yourself, National Novel Writing Month is an exciting way for writers to show or discover what they can do.