National Novel Writing Month ended at 12:01 a.m. on December 1, and this year twelve intrepid student writers celebrated a successful month of novelling! Indian Creek students from 7th through 12th grade attempted to write their novels in 30 days during the month of November. Some of them gathered every Monday and Wednesday afternoon to meet for NaNoWriMo writing club, while others could only write during their free time (what is free time?!). Altogether, this year’s group of Indian Creek novelists wrote an ASTOUNDING 114,970 words!
On December 6, the student novelists gathered together to celebrate the end of the month of reckless writing and share their novels with each other. Among those celebrating were THREE student novelists who reached their word-count goals and WON NaNoWriMo this year!
This year’s novels were OUTSTANDING! Students wrote novels that covered a range of genres, including mystery and thriller, romance, paranormal, fantasy, post-apocalyptic sci-fi, and super-hero adventures.
During December and throughout the rest of the year, student novelists will continue to work on their books. Editing, revising, and adding even more fantastic scenes will be their goals. For the three students who reached their word-count goals, they will have the option of using a self-publishing site to receive a copy of their own book once they are ready to print!
Well done, novelists! I’m already excited for next November!
There are only 4 days left until November, which is NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH! Yay!
Every year, I encourage students and faculty at Indian Creek to join in NaNoWriMo. There are plenty of reasons to try to write a novel in 30 days:
- Daily writing can be cathartic/exciting/inspiring
- Doing NaNoWriMo is a good way to purge your mind of all those stories that have been building up for the past year
- Giving your inner-editor a month-long vacation may be difficult, but it’ll allow your inner-creative-director to really shine
- You will enjoy such pride when you complete a month-long commitment to yourself!
If you have any desire to write a novel, try NaNoWriMo! It’s a low-stakes challenge that can help you unleash your inner-novelist, bring you closer to other writers, and make you look super impressive to your friends and family.
The Upper School Library will be celebrating the beginning of National Novel Writing Month with a Kick-Off Party on Monday, October 31, from 3:35 to 4:35. Hope to see you there!