Video of Michael Reynolds of Europa Editions

On Friday, November 15, 2013, Europa Edition's Editor-in-Chief, Michael Reynolds, was our featured speaker at a special luncheon.

For more information, please visit the original event listing.

Plot Creation Workshop

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

Sunday, October 27th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In the Mezzanine Conference Room

Everyone has a story in them. But not everyone has time to find out what that story is and how to put it down on paper.

Join us for a Plot Creation Workshop where Roman Godzich and Charles Muir will provide resources and walk attendees through a 60 minute plot creation work packet. Whether you have a plot in need of expanding or want to start from scratch, this event will help you lay that initial story foundation.

Resources to Help You Write Your Novel

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Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

Last week, you decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month in November. Congratulations! This week we are looking at resources that you can use to help you plot out your novel, develop your characters, and more! Make sure to hit "Read More" for all the resources as well as this week's assigment. 

Library Books

Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing: Looking for a quick, humorous, light read on writing? Would an illustrated book help? Pick up Elmore Leonard's book then to get you on the path of creating believable characters fast!

The Writer's Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters: How do you make your characters live and breathe? What are their realistic traits, ticks, and vices that bring them to life? Marc McCutcheon opens with an introduction to believable characters and then gives you the tools (mainly lists of traits) to help make your character a real person. 

From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction: Robert Olen Butler, a Pulitzer prize winning author, taught a series of workshops about how he writes. He compiled his lectures into an intense how-to-book on the writing process. 

Library Magazines

The Writer's Magazine: Each month's issue of this publication has short, information-packed tips and strategies on everything related to writing. 

Writer's Digest: Discover how to work on the craft of writing and after you have finished your novel, how to think about marketing it. 

Writing Tools of the Trade

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Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

In the past two weeks you have made a commitment to join National Novel Writing Month in November and looked at resources to help you plan your novel. This week are going to look at a few writing tools that can help you get that novel out of your head. Instead of focusing on more familar writing tools like paper and pencil/pen or Microsoft Word, we'll be looking at software especially geared towards writers. Make sure to hit "Read More" to see the paid writing tools as well as this week's assigment. 

Free and Trial-Based Writing Tools

Scrivener is available for Mac and Windows users. This is one of the most popular writing programs out there. The special feature of this program is that you can get your story back out in multiple formats including Microsoft Word, RTF, PDF, ePub, Mobi, Open Office, and HTML. You can use a trial version of Scrivener especially for NaNoWriMo which will last till December 7th.

Storyist is a Mac and iPad writing tool that "helps you track your plot, characters, and settings, and keeps all of your writing organized and accessible so you can focus on your manuscript." A trial version is available for NaNoWriMo writers. At the end of the month, you can then export to Mobi (which is Kindle friendly) or ePub. 

Yarny is a cloud-based writing tool that automatically saves every word you write so you'll never lose your work. It is free for NaNo writers this November and will then go into subscription-based service along with a "free forever plan." The downside to this tool is that since your novel exists in the cloud, you will only be able to use it as long as you are online.

yWriter works on Linux, Mac, and Windows computers. It is a stand alone program which means that you will need your own back-up methods to keep your story safe. yWriter was developed by a computer programmer who is also a writer, so he developed a customized system which met his author needs.

Have you ever wanted to write a novel?

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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!
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