Gemma Mendez is working hard in class on her first draft for the tenth-grade nano-wrimo assignment in November. Hailey Reyes/Vitruvian Post

Hailey Reyes , Copy Editor

Sophomores and other creative writing students at Da Vinci Communications are taking part in National Novel Writing Month by writing full novels within the entire month of November.

Nanowrimo is a creative writing project that is celebrated from November 1st to November 30th. The ultimate goal that participants are set to reach is to write a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 pm on November 30th.

However, at DVC, the sophomores have modified these requirements to turn Nanowrimo into an assigned writing project for the month of November.

“I had them choose 12,000, 18,000, 25,000 or 50,000 words as their goal,” said Noel Ingram, one of the tenth-grade English teachers at DVC. “People are making really good progress.”

The word count can come off as intimidating and can leave participants feeling uninspired or at a loss of direction.

D’artagnon Fulton, a senior at DVC who runs the Creative Writing Club, mentioned that he often gets writers’ block being someone who can go through ideas quite quickly.

“I just kind of brainstorm again. I write down all my ideas on one sheet of paper and try to incorporate them, and just power through it honestly,” he adds.
A lack of motivation could also leave room for a copious amount of struggle for many participants. Especially if they push themselves for more than they can actually give.

“A part of me just didn’t want to continue writing because I forced myself to do this large goal,” said Donyae Solo, a junior at DVC who participated in Nanowrimo as a sophomore and is doing so again this November as a junior. “But when I started over, and I did this smaller goal, it became a lot easier to do. It became a lot more fun, more creative. Also a lot more detailed.”

National Novel Writing Month believes in “transformational power of creativity. We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals and build new worlds, on and off the page,” as stated on their website,

“I think it definitely me gave a bit of discipline in writing and taught me about the process, the value of brainstorming, and just powering through writing,” noted Fulton when talking about the benefits that came with participating in Nanowrimo.

Nanowrimo has been around since 1991 and has made quite the impact on writers who have aspired to write their own novels. According to, a survey was conducted that showed 86% of respondents claiming Nanowrimo helped them learn what they can accomplish when determined. 89% of respondents claimed that Nanowrimo made them more excited about writing.

“There are quite a few authors who got their start doing a Nanowrimo. Then refined it and got it published eventually, which I think is really cool,” said Ingram.

Aside from the many opportunities that come with Nanowrimo, the work ethic and integrity kept by participants can be an accomplishment all on its own.

“Beyond the fact of like, establishing a writing habit where you’re writing every day for a significant amount of time, I think, the pride and the belief that you can do something like that and that you are capable of doing it, I think that’s a huge benefit,” Ingram added.

Many students have used Nanowrimo as a creative outlet in the way that they contemplated their ideas for their own novels.

“I gained, the knowledge on how to create a story and create characters, like someone that you can relate to,” mentioned Solo.

Nanowrimo can add creativity inside and outside of a classroom. Creativity writing holds something very special for everyone, especially those who decide to participate in Nanowrimo this November.