Every November, thousands of people attempt to write a novel in one month. On Tuesday, UT students and staff will have the opportunity to help write a novel in one day.
Sigma Tau Delta, UT's chapter of the International English honor society, is participating in National Novel Writing Month, inviting participants to come out and enjoy the "exquisite corpse," which is a form of communal collage writing.
All of campus will be able to take part in writing down their favorite book or quotes.
The event will take place Tuesday, Nov. 12 in the Humanities Plaza from noon until 4 p.m. Sigma Tau Delta is hoping to accumulate enough quotes to create a short story or novel.
National Novel Writing Month, often referred to as NaNoWriMo, takes place each November. It challenges those interested in writing a novel to do so in a month's time.
NaNoWriMo is an annual novel writing project that brings together pro and amateur writers from all over the world, according to its website. Every year, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. Nov. 30.
Dylan Platz, senior in English with a double concentration in technical communications and creative writing, is the president of UT's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta and worked hard to give the event a presence on campus this year.
"National Novel Writing Month is open to anyone willing to try and get write a novel of 50,000 words, but for students – or anyone in academia really – November is a really difficult month to do so," Platz said. "So Sigma Tau Delta wants to make it a group effort. And maybe we'll get enough students to participate and make it worthwhile."
Part of Platz's vision for the honor society is to increase the organization's presence on campus.
"Over the years, Sigma Tau Delta hasn't been very active on campus," Platz said. "When I joined as a sophomore, I questioned why we never did anything, so I put myself up for an officer position. I was Treasurer and really tried to work with the president to get things going – to no avail. But this year, I'm president, so we're going to have a presence.
"I figured National Novel Writing Month offered a perfect time to host an event, seeing as how we're the international English honor society."
Vice President of Sigma Tau Delta Caitlin Shu, a senior in English, is looking forward to the event.
"We decided to participate because we wanted to bring awareness to NaNoWriMo and find something fun that the whole campus can take part in," Shu said. "When I was a freshman, I participated in NaNoWriMo by myself and it was a lot of fun. It was also a lot of work, but definitely rewarding."
NaNoWriMo is a great beginning for those looking for a challenge that requires drive, patience and dedication.
"Right now, my goal is to put Sigma Tau Delta out there while exposing people to things they may never have known about," Platz said. "I'd love to inspire people to go ahead and attack their ideas and imprison them as words on pages of paper, but it's a really difficult task to write 50,000 words in a month, let alone for students who are having to study for tests and complete projects."
Platz said since it is NaNoWriMo, he has begun organizing his thought for his own novel he hopes to one day write, though he hasn't taken the 50,000-word challenge just yet.
"I have a few ideas I'd like to work on, but I've never really just sat down and hammered them out," he said. "My goal is to breach a couple thousand words in the month, that way I can work on it more over Christmas break and next semester; I'd like to have it finished by the time I graduate."
For more information on NaNoWriMo, or to join UT's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, attend the "exquisite corpse" event Tuesday.