National Novel Writing Month 2015
Time to finally finish that novel!
While you might hear it pronounced in a multitude of ways, it simply is National Novel Writing Month: the month of November where people all 'round the world pledge to write a 50,000 word novel within thirty days. It's a great way to stop putting off the novel you've always meant to write and silence that inner editor. Sure, it won't be a finished, polished piece of work, but at the end of November, you'll have a first draft that you can extend, edit, rewrite, or use as a stepping block for your next piece. Winners will receive three free print copies of their novel, writing software discounts, and bragging rights! Novels that were originally written during NaNoWriMo are: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell!
How Do I Join?
That's great! You can go straight to nanowrimo.org and create your account. They have forums where you can talk with like-minded writers from all across the globe, as well as choose your own home region to find out what events will be happening in the Peninsula.
Once November begins, you can use your account to track your progress and have your word count put into a nifty stats page. Whether you churn out an even 1,666 words each day or take a day or two off before having a writing marathon, I find it inspirational during the month and fun to look at afterwards. You'll also start receiving pep talks from famous authors like James Patterson, Brandon Sanderson, and Tamora Pierce.
For those under 17, visit the Young Writer's Program and make your account there. It can be a family-wide event!
NaNoWriMo @ The Library
There are write-ins all around the Peninsula to meet your fellow writers. The sound of keyboard keys clacking away is quite inspirational and really gets the creativity going (it might also be due a bit to peer pressure). We'll be hosting a few write-ins and other NaNoWriMo-related events at your local SMCL libraries, so make sure to check in with them.
If you need help brainstorming your November novel, we've also got a number of writing guides at the library, for whatever genre of writing that you might think of.
This'll be the seventh year Jenna V. has participated in NaNoWriMo. And here's to many more!