NaNoWriMo: Who Can Do It?

By Johanna Gross
Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.

    National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) takes place each November. Writers of all types attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days. In 2014, 325,142 people participated with the nonprofit organization that encourages the annual commitment and growth of young and old writers. The official organization at allows writers to track and get involved with other writers as they write their 50,000 words.

    Salem College has its own open Facebook group dedicated to supporting the writers both on and off of our campus. Currently, 21 members have joined with a few members posting memes and other resources as a way of encouraging others participating. Throughout the month there is constant buzz about the progress and anticipated final results.

    Sophomore Sophia Sempeles has participated in NaNoWriMo since 2011. She uses it as a “fun, goal oriented way” to continue writing everyday. However, despite her love for writing, she describes it as hard to do so everyday. Her advice for anyone considering taking part in NaNoWriMo is to “not give up” and “find some writing buddies.”

    As of November 5, Sophia Sempeles had written 8,000 words.

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