National Novel Month Encourages Students To Write Their Own Books
by Nathaniel Mulitauaopele
It’s National Novel Writing Month and Walkersville invites young writers to participate and set word goals for November!
National Novel Month, as the name implies is all about book writing. Students are encouraged to join the young writers program for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and set their word goals.
The program was started in 1999 as an online place for writers to write a novel by the end of the month.  “The original goal was a 50,000 word book,” said English teacher Diana Sung
The program is a good way for creative writers to test their skills, and experience writing to a goal. It is also a really fun experience and a good way for writers to connect with each other and share ideas.
The program gives students “a little push toward creative writing,” said Sung. She said it helps students understand that this type of writing is, in fact, work and that there is a lot of effort involved in writing a story.
Sung has set up a classroom for students interested in the program, and will be a source of direction for students who have taken up the challenge. This is her first time not doing it in class, and the first time she’s doing it with a club.
Some students may recognize the program from Sung’s English classes, she usually has the option of taking on the challenge in class and gives students time to reach their work goals.
One such student was senior Simon Kadel. “It was a good experience. It taught me time management and how to develop a story. It made me a better writer,” he said
Senior Ian Marron also decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month. “It was a good experience. I wrote around 30,000 words. I definitely think it helps students achieve a goal, and manage time,” said Marron.
The word goal for her class was 30,000 to 60,000 for a passing grade and while that seems like a lot, Sung gave students a large amount of time to students in class to work on their stories.
As Kadel said, the experience gives writers a start and allows them to understand what sort of things they will need to do each day of November to reach their word goal. So for any young writer interested in experiencing what it’s like to actively write a novel for a month, this is your chance.