Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Scott Friesner

Second Advisor

Daneen Wardrap

Third Advisor

Elizabeth Hiscox


This honors thesis project delves into the creative writing process of writing under time constraints. The time constrain employed for my thesis was National Novella Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which is an international online writing contest where authors join in and attempt to write a 50,000 word story in the month of November. The purpose of attempting such a feat was to see how limited time constraints affect creative writing. This thesis analyzes how narrative, character development, description, diction, dialogue and many other creative elements faired when striving to write 50,000 words in a month. This thesis dissects how the creative writing process was handled under such time constraints. Not only is this thesis a dissection of the turnout of the creative writing elements, it is also an examination what goes into writing a story. The internal elements of creative writing are examined as well as the external elements such as the non-creative oriented demands on an author’s time; school, work, friends, homework, house/apartment chores. These elements are also taken into account and how they adversely and constructively affected the creative writing process. All these factors were viewed and discussed within this thesis project.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access