Write a Book this November, National Novel Writing Month
Everybody has a story to tell.
Some of us have so many stories we’re like a fountain overflowing. Romance author Barbara Cartland published 722 novels over the course of sixty years, about one a month. Mickey Spillane claimed he could write one of his hard-boiled manuscripts in a week or so. Critics didn’t like them, but they both made enough money out of books they could afford to do what they pleased.
Maybe you should write a book.
November is National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo. Thousands of writers will visit www.nanowrimo.org to register as would-be novelists (200,500 in 2010). By writing from scratch and submitting a manuscript of 50,000 words or more in the month of November they receive a certificate acknowledging that they have become (unpublished) novelists. No editing is involved, no grades; all that counts is the doing.
Great River Regional Library in St. Cloud will help. We’ve reserved Study Room 259 for November so NaNoWriMo participants can sit and hammer away on their laptops surrounded by fellow writers. We’ll have a Kick-Off write-in event Nov. 1, 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. with refreshments on hand, and a final “Thank Goodness It’s Over” sprint to the finishing line event Nov. 30, 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. If you have dreams of one day being published, now is the time.
Author Jess Lourey Workshop
Author Jess Lourey will be at St. Cloud Public Library Saturday, Nov. 5, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. to present “Writing and Publishing a Novel,” a workshop funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The attendance limit is 50 and preregistration is required. Lourey is author of the Murder-by-Month mystery series whose latest addition is October Fest, described by Booklist as “Great fun to read and loaded with humor.” Lourey also teaches at the college level.