Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month
Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

If you have ever dreamed of getting that idea or moving those characters out of your head and onto paper,  then you are in luck for we are gearing up to celebrate National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this November! 

What is NaNoWriMo?

"National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000 word, (approximately 175 page) novel by 11:59:59, November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved."

A number of published books including  The Night CircusWater for Elephants, and other books began as NaNoWriMo projects! To get you started on the right foot, Darien Library will be posting writing tips, Tools of the Trade, and more on the Library's website each Friday throughout October. Then in November we will be hosting a write-in so you can meet with fellow NaNo participants as you work on your novel (details to be announced). 

Assignment for this week

Read the previous links about NaNo and then decide if you want to make the commitment to write a novel. Start planning how you can rearrange each day in November for dedicated writing time.Chris Baty, the founder of NaNoWriMo, suggests that you tell others that you plan on writing a book  as a way to pressure yourself into staying committed.
Next Friday we will look at books, magazines, and websites that can help you start thinking about your characters and story. Got any questions? Ask below!