They say that slow and steady wins the race, haste makes waste, and Rome wasn’t built in a day. These may be wise proverbs, but when it comes to National Novel Writing Month, all bets are off. In a contest where participants race against time and wrestle their own sense of creativity to write a 50,000 word novel in just the 30 days of November, it does not bode well to over-think. Nicknamed NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month is a bit like the Chicago Marathon of the writing world, and for aspiring authors across the country the metaphor is apropos: Even to finish is to win. See NBN’s Q&A with a few of these Northwestern wordsmiths who all attempted to crank out approximately 3,000 words more than The Great Gatsby of coherent plot and storyline in the time the rest of us were fantasizing about Thanksgiving dinners and freaking out over Fall Quarter finals.
The highs and lows of NaNoWriMo