National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo)

Friday, November 4th – Chely Munoz, Adult Services

November is most often known as the month of reconnecting with family and putting diets on hold. However, it also has a special place in the hearts of aspiring writers everywhere. Because it is also a time of doubt, discovery, and late-night sobbing while you down your fourth coffee. It is the time of NaNoWriMo–aka National Novel Writing Month.

To those who may not know, way back in the prehistoric era of 1999 a man by the name of Chris Baty decided to write a novel with a time limit. He picked up Brave New World, saw that it was about fifty thousand words and basically went “yeah, I can do that in a month”. So he and some friends gave it a shot.

Not all of them succeeded. But Chris did and from that point on NaNoWriMo became a thing between him and his friends, and then them and the world. The general task remains the same all these years: in the month of November, write at least fifty thousand words. Though, the goal is different for each individual who sets on to challenge NaNoWriMo. Some people enter with the plan to finish a whole novel no matter how big or small the size. Anything from a children’s book and all its illustrations to some 500-page tome. The main point is, simply, to challenge yourself and win.

And some people have won big from their NaNoWriMo’s. Books such as Fangirl, The Night Circus, Water for Elephants, and Cinder all started as NaNoWriMo projects. But maybe you don’t write the next best-seller. So what? The point of NaNoWriMo is to try. So if you’ve been sitting on an idea for the past couple of months or years, November is the month to put pen to paper, fingers to the keyboard, and write. Who knows what you’ll create?

Some nonfiction to help you tune the craft:

Some NaNoWriMo works to inspire you:

*A Writer’s Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfield
*The Writer’s Idea Book  by Jack Heffron
*Writing Deep Scenes by Martha Alderson
*The Story Cure by Dinty Moore
*On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft  by Stephen King
*The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstein 
*Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
*The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
*An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
*Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes



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