It’s November. Which means the air is cooler, holidays are here, and writers of all ages are rushing to create a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days.
NaNoWriMo, also known as National Novel Writing Month, is an exciting, community-driven writing exercise that challenges participants to write a novel in the month of November. As the website says, “this is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.”
NaNoWriMo started in 1999 and has steadily grown. It is now a non-profit company that supports young writers programs around the county and has published its own writing guide. Last year over 400,000 people participated in NaNoWriMo.
I first heard about NaNoWriMo in 2008 and have written or attempted to write novels several times since then. It’s a great writing exercise and the official website offers community forums and pep talks from published authors to give you inspiration. There is an emphasis on just getting the story out and it takes away the pressure of trying to make your story perfect.
This is a great way to get your creativity out and to challenge yourself to something new.
If you are in need of more inspiration before beginning NaNoWriMo, check out these books to jump start your creativity:
Lost for Words by Natalie Russell
Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
Also an Octopus by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
And these books to help make your writing better:
Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner
On Writing by Stephen King
Lisa Clark is a library associate at the Erlanger Branch where she runs the adult writers group.