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NaNoWriMo: 50k words, 30 days, utter exhaustion

NaNoWriMo: 50k words, 30 days, utter exhaustion

By Kayley Rapp, North Cobb HS, Kennesaw, Ga.

December 10, 2014

Every November, millions of writers undertake an enormous yet rewarding task: National Novel Writing Month, affectionately called NaNoWriMo. The task? Writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. On a last-minute, impulsive decision, I decided to participate in the challenge this year. Writing 50,000 wor...

California freshman self-publishes murder mystery novel

California freshman self-publishes murder mystery novel

By Garrett Kaighn, Sacramento Country Day School, Sacramento, Calif.

January 10, 2014

Writing a novel is tough: you have to deal with writer’s block, a frustrating editor and especially the work and drama of middle school. Well, maybe not the last part — unless you’re freshman Anny Schmidt, who wrote and published a 200-page murder mystery novel as part of her eighth-gra...