Students write during NaNoWriMo


A student from Creative Writing Club enjoys quiet time in the library to write. This particular student enjoys writing dystopian fiction.

Starting with a mere 21 people in 1999 in California, the NaNoWriMo has been a project in which many aspiring writers attempt to write significantly. The goal of the NaNoWriMo project is for each participant to write 50,000 words within the month of November. By 2000, there were approximately 140 people participating, according to

The rules of NaNoWriMo are simple, participants must start a story from scratch, co-authoring is not allowed if someone wants to enter a competition, and the novel must be emailed to uploaded before midnight on November 30.

Over the past decade, NaNoWriMo has captivated many to encourage them to complete the grueling task of writing 50,000 words within a month, and that number has crept to include some of the students at Heritage, including Maile Starr ’17.  Starr is an active participant in the Creative Writing Club and has also enjoyed writing for several years. She enjoys reinventing and refurbishing classic fairy tales and has previously participated in NaNoWriMo.

Brooke Graumann ’17 has written for years, and has even helped in the writing of a dystopian novel with Natalia Sperry ’17 which will hopefully be finished by May of 2017.

¨I’ve always loved writing,” says Graumann, ¨but between church, family, friends and homework I have no time to write.”

Starr used NaNoWriMo to continue editing a book that she started in her sophomore year. It is 262 pages long, and is based on the traditional Cinderella story. In addition to that book, she is writing a story about the Grim Reaper, and has many ideas about stories.

“J.K. Rowling has inspired me a lot to write,” says Starr. “Her books were the first chapter books that I read, and after reading them I just thought to myself, ‘yeah, I want to do that.”

Starr’s mother also encourages her to write, and acts as a kind of adviser  such as when Starr is unaware of what to make one character do in the story. During the school week, she has limited time to write, but strives to write at least 10 minutes, but on the weekends she enjoys writing constantly.

“The most difficult part about NaNoWriMo is time management; writing 50,000 words in a month is very hard. My hope this year is to finish the book that I’ve been working on. I started out with the goal of writing 50,000 words but I’ve written about 40,000 this time around,” says Starr.

The participation of NaNoWriMo is encouraged by the Creative Writing Club. As a club, the goal is for the entire club is to write 75,000 words. Many of the students have set lower word count goals due to their busy schedules, and currently they have reached about half of their goal. 

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