The partnership that NaNoWriMo has been looking for
Published ByRajat Bhageria
InstitutionUniversity of Pennsylvania
Publish DateJul 11,2014 at 5:04 PM
NaNoWriMo "is an annual internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November." But what is it lacking?
NaNoWriMo is one of the most terrific ideas I have ever heard! Truly, these days schools do not give students the opportunity to creatively write what they want to write; rather students are forced to follow set guidelines and cannot think innovatively. But NaNoWriMo encourages—no, inspires—students to write something they never would have ever thought possible.
Still, a problem that many of my NaNoWriMo friends are facing is what to do with their manuscripts? Once they write a novel, publishing (especially for students high school and younger) is incredibly difficult and expensive, and as a result, no one can see the work they so furiously spent their November working on. For many, it seems like the work is going to waste.
Why not encourage students to publish their creative writing for free on a social-network? Encouraging students to publish onto CafeMocha would allow people all over the world to read creative works (the works would spread fast because of the nature of networks), rather than just letting works sit unread on a student’s computer.
Truly, a partnership with CafeMocha could be precisely what NaNoWriMo needs. The latter could direct students to publish their writing onto CafeMocha; and simultaneously, CafeMocha could inspire students who have written short stories and poems to try the NaNoWriMo novel writing challenge.
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