National Novel Writing Month

Hi y’all!

November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWri, and to celebrate, Vika and I will be posting everyday this month to talk about writing and to share some of the things we have written. Today, since it is day one, I’ll talk about the writing challenge and give you information about where to sign up!

NaNoWri was started in 2000 by Chris Baty. Originally, it was only about 20 people and last year there were over 40,000 participants. To officially participate, you have to make a pledge to write a 50,000 word novel in only thirty days! That averages to about 1,667 words a day. To put it into perspective, that is about 7 pages due every night at 11:59pm! Once you have completed your draft, you send it in and you will win a certificate and variety of other goodies.

This is great for several reasons. The first, it gets you writing everyday. I don’t know about you, but scheduling in writing time can be really difficult. Between school, work, and a social life (ha), taking time to practice my craft seems impossible. By pledging, you are making a huge commitment and forcing yourself to write. Even if the narrative is not your best work, it is a jumping off point. By joining up, you as a writer are participating in the literary community, how cool is that?

For any questions, here is the link to the NaNoWri website: https://nanowrimo.org/

Stay posted for more writers talk!

Best,

Kayla

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The 2013 Alchemist Review is here!

2013 Alchemist Review Edition Released

Now available on campus and online: The 2013 Edition of the Alchemist Review

The staff of the Alchemist Review are excited to release the 2013 edition of UIS’ Alchemist Review.

We had many many new and intriguing pieces of fiction, poetry, and visual art submitted and wish we could have included them all Read the 2013 Alchemist Review online (just click on the image of the Alchemist Review below).

Thank you to all who submitted their work! Keep writing and keep creating!

Cover of the 2013 Alchemist Review
2013 Alchemist Review, cover art by Mauricio Ramirez

Featuring original fiction, poetry, and visual art by:

  • Lori Beckham
  • Kathleen Brinkmann
  • Sarah Collins
  • Allison Duncan
  • Zak Krug
  • Kelsey Lay
  • Will D. Patton
  • Mauricio Ramirez
  • Roberto Sabas
  • Nicholas Teeter
  • Casey Tester
  • Christine Thompson
  • Robert Von Nordheim
  • Dushan Yovovich