The nonprofit NaNoWriMo has turned November into National Novel Writing Month, and writers of all years have risen to the challenge, including the majors in Creative UI Writing.
National Novel Writing Month – known to many as NaNoWriMo – has arrived.
Since 1999, the nonprofit NaNoWriMo has tried to inspire and motivate writers across the country to pick up their pens and write a book in 30 days. With an end goal of a 50,000 word manuscript – which equates to 1,700 words per day – what NaNoWriMo comes up with can seem like a daunting undertaking. However, many Iowa City writers accepted the challenge.
In 2020 alone, 552,335 writers from around the world participated in NaNoWriMo, motivating authors of famous manuscripts like Some water for the elephants, OLDEST BOY, Fangirl, and much more. It counts the completion of 367,913 novel manuscripts and, this year, 798,162 active novelists.
Aidan Spurgetis, a freshman at the University of Iowa, an active participant in NaNoWriMo, has tried to participate for the past four years and has only succeeded once, but it didn’t. dissuaded from attempting a fifth year.
“I feel a pretty intense writer’s block over the past six months so hopefully I can get through it and do something,” he said.
Spurgetis said that for newbie writers who haven’t yet participated in NaNoWriMo, they should focus on getting started and not worry about an end product right away.
“These are just words, don’t worry about the quality, just put them on the page,” Spurgetis said. “Once you start writing and get used to being on the keyboard for a few hours, it gets easier. “
For Wyeth Platt, a first-year UI student, the novel writing process doesn’t have to be an independent endeavor. This year, Platt brought together a group of writers and peers to turn the activity into a group trip.
“I did it last year and it was a pretty lonely effort, and I knew coming to Iowa that I would meet a lot of other passionate and talented people in the field,” Platt said. “I wanted to see if there were people who would take up the challenge with me.”
While writers are more than welcome to write on their own, a group effort provides the responsibility that some writers need to make sure they’re really writing every day, Platt said.
UI Junior Conner Flynn is participating in NaNoWriMo for the first time this year.
“I’ve never written anything over 8,000 words, and it’s 50,000,” Flynn said. “It’ll really help prove to myself that I can do this writing thing after all.” “