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November 24, 2010


30 days, 165,000 writers, 50,000 words apiece – National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is almost over. Have you got a novel to show for it?

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) encourages writers all over the world to create a 50,000-word story by midnight on November 30. According to, "the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly." Many Beloiters joined the 165,000 global participants last year, and many of them are back at it this month.

But students aren't the only local authors getting in on the act – professor Sylvia Lopez's 13-year-old daughter, Gabi, is writing a 10,000-word story. 

"I struggle just having the will to do it,” she says, “but it's always been my dream to write a novel and that's what has kept me going all this time."  Her story is about four boys, four girls and a mysterious dream that threatens to end the world in ten days.

Gabi, along with the rest of the world’s NaNoWriMo authors, have just about a week left to finish their novels – congratulations to Gabi and good luck to you all!

*Beloit College NaNoWriters -- where are you? What are you writing? The Terrarium wants to know! E-mail with literally any fact or anecdote pertaining to your story, please.