Students take on NaNoWriMo

Author: Maddie Ames, copy editor, Xchange

The month of November is the time of NaNoWriMo, which means National Novel Writing Month. During November, if someone takes on the challenge of NaNoWriMo they try to write 50,000 words in the span of 30 days.

Last year, 2018 graduates Brendan Plummer Rebecca Ringer, Helena Rosno, as well as senior Ellen Stephens, and senior Rebekah Sweeney won NaNoWriMo.

NaNo ShieldFuture Authors Club is sponsored by English teacher Caycee Hays and it is all about helping students write and develop their novels. Future Authors Club meets every Thursday afternoon in room 254 at 3:40.

There are many ways to prepare for NaNoWriMo by outlining the novel as well as preparing a schedule are ways to get ready for the month of November. Future Authors Club is also a help in preparing for NaNoWriMo as well as motivating students to finish their writings.

“Mrs. Hays is such an amazing blessing to us,” said senior Rebekah Sweeney. “Her promise to help us self-publish our work was huge for motivating me to the finish line.”

Hays mentioned that last year she and the participants of the club would go to different coffee shops on Saturday and write.
“I would really like to do that more this year to help students get their writing done,” Hays said.

There can be lots of things that come in the way of getting writing done. Whether it be homework, extracirrculars, or sports there isn’t much time to write.

Hays recommends that students write as much as possible the first day of November, because fortunately Pius X has no school.

“I always recommend to students that they write as much as they can. That way they have room to miss a day if something comes up,” Hays said.

This is Future Authors Club’s second year, and Hays is excited to see it grow more throughout this year. She wants students to be able to see their creative side and be able to express it through writing.

Sweeney said, “I think students should join Future Authors Club because we all have something to say, and this allows us to give our voice a story.”

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