Editor in Chief

Monday night Lyceum hosted their “Lyceum National Writing Month Write-In” event in honor of NaNoWriMo. The event was held from 5:00-8:00 in Kochoff Hall C.

NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month is a chance for aspiring writers to test their limits by writing an entire novel in exactly one month.

National Novel Writing Month’s facebook page describes the event as, “an adventure you’ll never forget.” Each writer starts with an idea on November 1 with a goal to write 50,000 words (roughtly 175 pages) by 11:59 on November 30.

Writers are given an opportunity to start-and hopefully complete- something that they have possibly always been interested in but have always lacked the time, efforts, of guts to follow through with.

Lyceum has seven of their fourteen members submitting novels this month. Their highest word count novel is just over 21,000 words.

Lyceum Editor in Chief Emma Slonina wanted to give students a chance to get away from busy day-to-day activities and have a chance to work on their novels, share their ideas, and listen to samples of others’ work.

“It’s so hard to get to free time … it forces you to sit down and do the writing,” Slonina said.

Freshman Norma Rahal is a new member to Lyceum and participating in her second NaNoWriMo event. Her current word count is just over 18,000 words as she approaches the halfway point.

When asked if she started planning for this year as soon as last year’s task was over she responded with, “two days before is when I came up with the idea.”

Freshman Meriam Metoui is also participating in her second NaNoWriMo and is currently at 17,000 words.

Her inspiration started after last year’s event was over but was changed just before this month started.

“I had the idea awhile back but two weeks before I changed it after I had a dream,” Metoui said.

Metoui believes that NaNoWriMo is something that all inspiring writers should become involved with.

“It’s a really big thing … especially having done it in a month, Metoui said adding, “I think the hardest part is just to keep up [with the word count] every day.”

NaNoWriMo’s website encourages participants to keep up with a daily word count to ensure they will be on track to the 50,000 word requirement.

The Facebook assure writers that, “the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality.”

Writers are encouraged to take the topics that have always intimidated them and run with the idea.

Lycem’s event gave writers a chance to share their ideas and writings with all who attended the event. Writing consultants were also available for feedback on any writings that were given to them.

Slonina was excited about the possibilities the event held for writers. “It’s great to have the group together to get inspired,” she said.


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