Are you looking for a challenge? Are you looking for a group to meet with? Have you heard of National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a. NaNoWriMo)?
The short of it is that NaNoWriMo is a challenge for anyone 13 years of age or older and the challenge is to write a full novel in November. You can do all your planning, plotting, and character creation prior to November, but the novel writing doesn’t start until the clock says it’s November 1st! For those ages 18 and above your goal is 50,000 words. If you want a day-by-day breakdown that’s 1,667 words a day. If you’re using a computer with a size 12 font and either Times New Roman or Arial font type 1,000 words is about 4 pages double-spaced. It’s doable. In 2013, over 300,000 people took part in NaNoWriMo.
For those ages 13 to 17, you can participate in a branch of NaNoWriMo called the Young Writers Program (or YWP) and create your own goal.
The Eckhart Public Library is having two meetings in November for NaNoWriMo.
Monday, Nov. 3rd, 6:30 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. we’re having a kickoff. Ask questions, brainstorm with other writers. You can sign up for NaNoWriMo at nanowrimo.org and share information about your novel, find writing buddies, find your local region, and so much more.
Monday, Nov. 24th, 6:30 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. is the library’s Final Stretch event. It doesn’t matter if you’re on track, ahead, or behind, we want to hear about your experiences. You never know, maybe someone there can help give you that little grain of inspiration that you’ve needed.
The creative writing group that meets at the library is for those 18 and older. The November meetings are Tuesday, Nov. 4th and Tuesday Nov. 25th both from 6:30 P.M. until 7:30 P.M.
Heather: I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo since 2010. This will make my 5th year participating in NaNoWriMo. If you have questions we’ll be glad to answer what we can here at the library. The local region for our area is from Fort Wayne and there is a Facebook group for the region. You can find much more about this on the NaNoWriMo website under the region forums once you set your region. I hope to see you at the NaNoWriMo meet ups at the Eckhart Public Library.