In grade nine I attempted to complete my first Nanowrimo. For those of you not already consumed by your word count, Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month. The challenge seems simple (almost like it’s too good to be true), write 50, 000 words in 30 days. The funny thing is that those thirty days coincide with the 30 days that the month of November currently holds. Interesting how some things work out eh? Well, I don’t know what your schedules look like but November is often one of the busiest months of the year for me. This is especially relevant because I started university four years ago and everything happens in November. November is the month of exams, stress, final papers, presentations, and to add writing a novel to the mix sounds absurd. Right?

One of my favourite places to write, the Humanities lecture hall at Carleton.
One of my favourite places to write, the Humanities lecture hall at Carleton.

Maybe not. You’ll notice that at the beginning of this post I said I began attempting  Nanowrimo in grade nine, and well, I continued attempting it for four more years after that fateful first attempt. I have never yet succeeded but for me that’s almost part of the fun. It’s an amazing exercise in self-discipline, plot development, and character creation. It’s also a great way to bond with writers in your local area. There are groups that hold write-ins, where you go out somewhere and write, or run workshops about anything you might possibly want to know about writing.


Haven’t you ever wanted to write a novel? Don’t you have a character that you’ve always wanted to write about? I may have never finished a Nanowrimo but I have never regretted participating in one. It’s one of the most encouraging writing communities that I have ever been a part of. I urge all of you to start typing away. Add your voice to the novel discussion and write away. At this rate you can still catch up!

See you at the finish line (maybe).