Annalisa Giglio
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Thoughts of a NaNoWriMo-er

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It’s been two weeks since NaNoWriMo has come to an end, and I just thought I’d share my thoughts on it. First of all, for those of you who have no idea what NaNoWriMo is, here’s a little run-down. That’s a shortened version if it’s real name, National Novel Writing Month. Easier to say, eh? According to their website,

“National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel. Here’s a little more about how it all works.

National Novel Writing Month is also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes your story matters. You know how writing makes the world a more creative, vibrant place. Through NaNoWriMo—as well as our Young Writers Program, the Come Write In program, and Camp NaNoWriMo—we work hard to empower and encourage that vibrant creativity around the world. We can’t do it without writers like you.


The 2013 WriMo marked the 15th anniversary of the, well…I don’t want to call it a competition. Its more of a self satisfying challenge. 50,000 words in 30 days. It might sound easy, but it certainly isn’t a walk in the park. Myself, along with another writer for the Electric Feast (Ryan) participated in this year’s NaNoWriMo, and the both of us, finishing by the deadline, were considered “winners,” getting special offers from sponsors of NaNoWriMo, such as two free copies of your published book through Amazon’s Createspace, 50% off Scrivener software (which is amazing, by the way), discounts, and other goodies from various companies. Personally, as someone who hadn’t written anything of substance since their Capstone project in May of 2012, I found National Novel Writing Month a compelling challenge, not only of my skills as a writer, but also of myself. I wanted to see if I could actually do it, and by thunder, I did it! Thanks to the site’s word counter, I was able to keep track of how many words I had written as well as how many words I had to write per day to finish on time and how many words that were left to write. It was amazing to see what I was able to create in just thirty days.

Personally, I love the idea of NaNoWriMo. It’s challenging, but also brings people together–write ins are organized in various cities throughout the country and “pep talks” from authors appear in your inbox every few days. Its really an amazing program that the Office of Letters and Light is doing. Now that I know that I actually am capable of writing something far beyond just a short story, I have been inspired to keep on going and writing more and more, developing my writing skills beyond what they are. Next time NaNoWriMo rolls around, I highly suggest participating!!



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