Book Blog: Looking back on NaNoWriMo

Well folks, November is almost done and while everyone else is feeling the crunch of the end of the year, all I can feel is relief. It is the busiest time of the year, not only because it seems like every professor assigns all the quizzes, essays and presentations then, but also because I do this crazy thing where I try and write 50,000 words in a month, and I’m not the only one. National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as it’s affectionately known, is a yearly world-wide challenge to write 50,000 words in the month of November. Over 400,000 people across the globe come together to write the novel they always wish they could. I, along with three friends, […]

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NaNoWriMo challenges people to write a novel

Every November, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world sit down to write an entire novel in a month. National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is a nonprofit organization that holds a month-long writing boot camp every November, according to their website. Participants sign up online, with the goal of writing 1,667 words every day for 30 days. At the end of the month, winners are those participants who have a 50,000-word novel to their name. But, even unsuccessful participants don’t leave empty-handed, having gained valuable experience, and the chance to try again next year. Helena Verdier, a third-year linguistics and discourse studies student at Carleton, is a municipal liaison for NaNoWriMo Ottawa. She and the other municipal […]

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Book Blog: NaNoWriMo Chronicles

National Novel Writing Month, known as NaNoWriMo, is an annual writing challenge that takes place in the month of November. The goal is to write 50,000 words over the course of the month, enough to write the average novel. Despite the name, participants can write anything, as long as the total word count goal is 50,000 words. Helena Verdier, a municipal liaison for NaNoWriMo Ottawa, wrote about her experience racing to hit the word count and gave some tips for NaNoWriMo beginners. If you had asked me just over a month ago how I thought National Novel Writing Month would go, I would have been very hesitant to say anything more than “I’m hopeful?” Now that we are a week […]

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NaNoWriMo challenges students to write

November is in full swing and many students at Carleton have free time on their hands again. For many, the month is scheduled around leisure or unfinished assignments. But despite the demanding university lifestyle, some students are planning to take on the daunting task of writing a full-length novel in under 30 days. November isn’t just a temporary assignment reprieve, it is also the start to NaNoWriMo, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is a non-profit organization that encourages everyone internationally to write their own 50,000-word novel within a month, according to its website. The organization began in 1999, with 21 participants attempting to write their novels, and has grown exponentially, boasting almost 400,000 participants in 2013. The […]

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NaNoWriMo kicks off 17th installment

NaNoWriMo, short for National Novel Writing Month, kicked off its 17th year on Nov. 1. The month’s challenge for writers is to create a novel—to write 50,000 words in 30 days. The main events organized by NaNoWriMo are write-ins, where writers gather together to work on their novels together and socialize. They are also key opportunities for people working on novels to network with one another. Events are organized through independent chapters run by volunteer municipal liaisons. “The main part of it is that we’re here to organize all of the local activities that go on . . . We’re also supposed to keep track of how things go online, flag anything that’s a problem, encourage people to participate, and give them […]

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