National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo.) This past November, six KMBC students and two alumni took on the NaNoWriMo challenge of writing a 50,000 word novel during the month of November.

Junior Adelle Semrow and Alumnus Angel Bradley successfully completed the challenge last November. As reward for completing the challenge, Adelle and Angel were given until June 1, 2012 to edit their novels, and with the completion of this second challenge, their respective novels were published. And He Ran by Adelle Semrow and A Thousand May Fall by Angelica Bradley are both available on Amazon and in the KMBC library.

This year’s participants (which include Angel and Adelle) also had high hopes of making the goal. On November 22-23, seven of the eight members of KMBC’s NaNoWriMo participated in an all-night write from 9:00pm to 7:00am in order to boost their word count and have some fun while doing it. The write-in was a great success, with the cumulative word count for the night at 61,975 words. The highest individual word count for the night was 13,763 words.

A valid question for college students considering participating in NaNoWriMo is: is it possible for a college student to write a 50,000 word novel  in one month and still get good grades? For Adelle Semrow, the answer is yes. Adelle was motivated to participate in NaNoWriMo by Alumnus Kala Mathes, who successfully completed the challenge in 2011. Adelle accepted the challenge from Kala, just to see if she could do it. “I loved it so much the first year that I wanted to do it again,” she says.

Adelle says that doing NaNoWriMo really forces her to be motivated. She knows that if she wants to write she has to get her homework done first. Sometimes she uses writing as a study break. It allows her to be creative, which in a way, reboots her brain for homework. Writing her novel has spiritual applications for Adelle as well. She is doing a modern adaptation of the prodigal son, and finds herself incorporating theology into her book. “Sometimes, writing about God helps me to express the things that I’m learning in class and even understand it in a new way,” she adds.

These participants are looking forward to tying up the loose ends of this challenge, and hope that eight God-honoring novels written by KMBC students and alumni will be published in 2014.