NaNoWriMo Madness

Onward, dear writers! via

Onward, dear writers! (via

For most Kenyonites, November is significant mainly for the monstrous piles of homework and exams that stand between them and Thanksgiving break. For a valiant group of Kenyon writers who have stepped up to the challenge of National Novel Writing Month, November is the month that puts their writing chops – and their sanity – to the test.

For the uninitiated, National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is an annual event for amateur writers. The goal: 50,000 words between midnight on November 1st and 11:59 PM November 30th. Luckily, Kenyon participants have a built-in support system in KWC-WT, the campus creative writing collective.

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Beat Back Those November Blues

Chin up, Cardboard Man! It’s Sweet Potato Awareness Month! (via

And so it’s begun: the arduous three-week slog leading up to Thanksgiving break. The days are shorter, the wind is chillier, and the homework load has hit a fever pitch. That’s right, boys and girls–it’s November, the metaphorical Thursday night of the Western calendar.

Unfortunately, you can’t fast-forward to the holidays, but you can beat the November panic-induced freak out blues with a few suggestions.

  • Obtain a rake (I found a few in the Timberlake basement, if you’re feeling brave) and take advantage of Kenyon’s abundance of trees by creating a giant leaf pile. Abandon rake at safe distance. Jump in leaf pile. Repeat. Return rake when finished. Continue reading

Life After NaNoWriMo

At least they didn’t turn into pumpkins.

When the clock struck midnight on Dec. 1, groans stretched across the Kenyon campus. At that fateful moment, some experienced pure elation — eternal glory would be theirs, just as soon as they edited their finished product and sent it to a publisher. For others — despair. NaNoWriMo was ending and they had not reached their goals. At Kenyon, a school full of aspiring authors and poets, plenty tried their hand at the seemingly impossible deed of participating in NaNoWriMo. Read some of their stories after the jump…

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Thirty Days and Nights of Literary Abandon

November can be one of the most challenging months of the year. The weather is beginning to chance, leading many first years from California to question their college and outerwear choices. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which can mean uncomfortable family reunions and the stresses associated with that. But, for a small but vocal population, November marks the beginning of their yearly trek through NaNoWriMo—no, not a disease or drug, but National Novel-Writing Month.

Your Friends on NaNoWriMo: “Woooooordssssss.”

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