Is the great American novel burning inside you? Have you ever had an idea for a story, but were nervous to get started on it because you’re not a “real” writer? Then National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is for you. Join thousands of other aspiring writers who commit to writing 50,000 words in 30 days. Many successful novels began as NaNoWriMo projects, including Marissa Meyer’s Cinder and Stephanie Perkin’s Anna and the French Kiss. You could be next!
Here are some books and other resources to get you started.
How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card
Write Away: One Novelist’s Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life by Elizabeth George
Writing Stories: Fantastic Fiction from Start to Finish by David L. Harrison
The Writing Book: A Workbook for Fiction Writers by Kate Grenville
If you don’t think you have time to read a whole book? Check out this great post on Storyist that will help you get started. Writinghood has ten survival strategies for NaNoWriMo. Writer’s Digest has helpful worksheets that can get your story and characters organized.
To get you started, we’re having a Kick-off event on November 1st at 7 pm where veteran nano-writers will share their tips for success and we’ll end the night with a writing sprint with a prize for the winner!
We’re hosting weekly write-ins from 6-9 pm Wednesdays and Sundays from 12-2 pm in the Library Gallery, and Teen Write-ins on Saturday November 10th and 17th from 2-4 pm in the Computer Lab.
We’ll wrap up the month with an e-publishing event hosted by Write Brain Trust on November 28th at 7 pm where you can learn about editing and publishing your new novel.