Furrow: An Undergraduate Literary & Art Review

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

NaNoWriMo is Coming!

And Furrow's getting ready, creating a Support Group for all you WriMos out there.

NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month, for those of you who don't know, and it is a "fun, seat of your pants approach to novel writing." Basically, you try to crank out a 175 page novel (that's 50,000 words, people) by midnight on November 30th. With such time constraints, its not about quality, it's about quantity. This "kamikaze" approach to writing forces you to get stuff out on paper, and take risks you normally wouldn't take. Sure, you'll be writing crap, but that's a good thing.

For more information, go to the NaNoWriMo website, at www.nanowrimo.org

Our Meetings will take place from 7 to 9 on Fridays, starting on October 28th and going until the first week in December. (except for Thanksgiving vacation. We're dedicated, but we're not sadists. Most of us anyway.) Our first meeting will take place in the UWM Union, room 343, and subsequent meeting places will be announced either at the previous week's meeting or via emial/Facebook.

Each week will center around a topic to help you whip your muse into shape and get those 50,000 words.

Week 0: Planning. Come and get your characters and plot somewhat hammered out, so you can just start writing at 12:01 the morning of November 1st. Planning sheets for characters, etc. will be provided. Bring your awesome ideas!

Week 1: Adopt-an-X and Dares. Have a character or plot device that won't fit into your story after all? Plan them out anyway and put them up for adoption! Or, dare your fellow WriMos to add maximum rediculosity to your story!

Week 2: Support. Come cry to your fellow WriMos about muses running away, characters acting up, and plot holes ripping actual holes in the space-time continuum.

Week 3: Word Wars! Unable to get over that third-week slump? Come do battle with your fellow WriMos to see who can write the most in a set amount of time, and force yourself up that hill.

Week 4: Thanksgiving! Give thanks that you can just write from the comfort of your own home all day long!

Week 5: PARTY. Come celebrate (hopefully) hitting the 50,000 word mark!

If you have any questions, please email us at furrowmag@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!


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