December is upon us, bringing not only the end of the semester, but also the finale to National Novel Writing Month. At the beginning of November, I interviewed a group of intrepid Kenyon writers associated with KWCCWT who were taking up the challenge of beginning – or continuing – to write a novel. Now that their month of writing madness has passed, I checked in to see how the authorial hopefuls ended up.
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.