By Emma Engelsman: What the heck is NaNoWriMo? November is National Novel Writing Month and NaNoWriMo is a quicker way to say it, even if it is a mouthful.

As a writer, NaNoWriMo is a fun and very fruitful time for me. I get to see what writers across all spheres are cranking out and I make a point to put aside a little bit of time each day to just sit down and get my creative juices flowing (which isn’t something I always do outside of November).

And now Babson wants all those great ideas that aren’t necessarily entrepreneurial to come into the light and shine. Babson College, for the month of November, has sent out their NaNoWriMo challenge.

Here’s the big process:

1)      Decide to participate in NaNoWriMo (hey, a novel needs an opening line, and this project needs an opening decision)

2)      Submit snip-its of your novel on the SAL facebook page (www.facebook.com/BabsonCollegeSAL) once a week to get teasers out there or to receive feedback if you get NaNoWriMo writer’s block

3)      Complete your novel by Friday, 11/30 and submit it to sal@babson.edu with all of the authors that contributed

4)      We’ll then use the Create Your Space to display the novels (or at least snip-its of them) from 11/30-12/7 (similar to an art gallery)

See? That’s not so scary. And it’s a great way to flex new (or old) skills that don’t get a lot of focus here on campus outside some great one-liners for your Marketing projects!

I’m definitely going to be submitting a piece for NaNoWriMo. Are you?

 Emma Engelsman, Arts Delegate at Babson College.