Write on

November winds blow a little cold around here, so why not hunker down and write a book?

The Denison Writers’ Club is supporting about a dozen of its members who are participating in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Challenge.

The goal of this partly crazy and completely ambitious national organization is to encourage writers to write an entire book, start to finish, in a single month.

That’s right, one month. But we’re not talking about a quest for art here. Or craft. This is about something a little more frantic—and probably pretty messy.

NaNoWriMo, according to its website, is “a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing.” It’s a quantity-over-quality exercise in perseverance and enthusiasm. “You are giving yourself permission to make mistakes,” the site says. And last year about 200,000 people signed on nationwide.

The Writers’ Club is up for the challenge. “At our twice-weekly meetings, we’ve been encouraging students participating in the challenge to have ‘word wars’ with each other, wherein writers compete to write the highest number of words in a certain time span,” says Abby Current ’14, president of the club. “We had a kickoff event at midnight on November 1st, and we hope to have an event on the 30th to celebrate the end of NaNoWriMo, as well.”

We’ll let you know if any of these intrepid scribes hit the bestseller list, but we’re guessing the satisfaction comes just from crossing the finish line.

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