On November first, National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo for short began. In the month of November, writers pledge to write 50,000 words. The exact number of words per day is 1,666.6 repeated for 30 days, consecutive. In 2015, 12% of the participants won from the 351,489 that started. In 2013, there were 310,095 participants with 14% winners (42,221) and the total words written in the month was 3,520,123,164. To put that in perspective, all seven of the Harry Potter books combined is 1,086,170 words long. It starting in 1999 with 21 participants in which there were 6 winners and the idea that all stories matter.
In the spirit of the event, the GVHS library had dedicated a blackboard to a “progressive story”. A “progressive story” is when one person begins a story and someone else continues it. With more than one author and different ideas and styles included, it is an event that is guaranteed to go in multiple directions. Chalk is stored on the shelves under the staplers and on the other side of the check-out desk.