No plot? No problem! Write a novel in 30 days

November is National Novel Writing Month. The Young Writers Program, established in 2005 for writers 17 and under, encourages writers to create a novel in one month. / Illustration by Nichole Crawford, Special to the Times-News

Commentary by Logan A. White
Times-News correspondent

   Sharpen your pencil and grab your notebook, writers: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has officially begun. Held annually each November, this monthlong event requires participants, dubbed “Wrimos,” to pound out a complete novel in exactly 30 days.
According to, NaNoWriMo was first held in July 1999. Like most popular holidays, the event started small and grew exponentially over the years. Originally, the event was targeted toward adult writers, but in 2005 a new platform was created for writers 17 and under: the Young Writers Program. Creating a novel in one month is a daunting goal to young and old alike, but the challenge draws more writers every year.
The best part about NaNoWriMo is that writers aren’t required to create a specific type of novel. Instead, the only constraint Wrimos face is a word count: adults must write at least 50,000 words to complete the 30-day challenge, and teens are allowed to set a word count goal that they choose.
The time limit pushes writers to lock away their inner editor and write freely; NaNoWriMo is a liberating experience. If you’re interested in participating, you can sign up on (for adults) or (for kids). Good luck and happy writing!

 Logan A. White is a home-schooled sophomore and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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