NaNoWriMo is here
Think you have a novel inside you?
Many of us do. If we only had the time. Well, there’s no time like the present. Procrastinate no more!
November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The official NaNoWriMo website spells it out: Don’t worry about plot; don’t get bogged down with character development. If you’ve got a story then just sit down and write every spare minute of every day in November. And here’s your goal: 50,000 words! Will it be good? Maybe not. But it will be the foundation for the rewrites and editing that might turn it into something good. And heck, is running a marathon ‘good’? Is climbing a mountain ‘good’? You do it because it’s there.
Here’s how NaNoWriMo works. Register at the NaNoWriMo website. Write a 50,000-word (or longer!) novel, between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30 using the software of your choice. Upload your novel for word-count validation to the site between Nov. 25 and Nov. 30. It's that simple.
In 2009, NaNoWriMo had over 165,000 participants internationally, and more than 30,000 of them crossed the 50K finish line by the deadline. And yes, some books written for NaNoWriMo have ended up published as works of fiction.
Even if you can’t fit writing a novel into your November, Great River Regional Library (GRRL) has resources to help you get published. Check out Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card; The Creative Writer’s Style Guide by Christopher T. Leland; or Is Life Like This? A guide to writing your first novel in six months by John Dufresne, as well as many other creative writing guides. For more great titles check out the booklist created for this month.
The St. Cloud Public Library is offering several author talks and writing workshops in November, including a Memoirs Workshop presented by the Guthrie Theater on Nov. 6, a Writing Great Beginnings workshop on Nov. 9, and a Writing and Publishing workshop with author Bill Meissner on Nov. 22.
Check the events page to find author talks and other educational and informative programs at a GRRL branch near you.