November is almost here and that means my favorite event of the whole year is coming up: National Novel Writing Month. If you aren’t familiar, NaNoWriMo is a self-described “fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing”. Every year, since 1999, writers from around the world have undertaken the challenge of writing 50,000 words during the 30 days of November. A challenge I’ll be undertaking for the 11th time!
Since 2009, I’ve won 10 events and my statistics page says I have written over 660,000 words for NaNo. In that time, I have also enjoyed becoming more involved with the event and it’s community. In 2014, I became a Municipal Liaison (ML) for the WI: Elsewhere region, covering about 1/2 the state of Wisconsin, and since last year I’ve also acted as an ML Mentor and a Forum Moderator. To say I’ve “sold my soul to NaNoWriMo” is probably an understatement.
You can learn more about NaNoWriMo by visiting their website: www.nanowrimo.org, or just come visit me at the library. If you couldn’t tell: I LOVE talking about it and my experiences over the years with the community. To me, there really is no better way to get started with your writing than when an entire network of other writers are rallying behind you to succeed.
And, the event isn’t just for adults! The Young Writer’s Program is open to kids and teens 18 and under, at ywp.nanowrimo.org. They can choose their own word counts and have special tools (like the Dare Machine), as well as their own forums to talk with other young writers. Teachers and Parents can also create accounts and create “classrooms” for their students, making it easy to insert writing into the curriculum for both the traditional and home-school learning experience.
So, what do we have happening in November? We’ll start with our Kick-Off on November 1st, followed by Write-Ins every Tuesday: all at 4 PM. With enough participants, we may add more write-in opportunities, a Mid-Way Party and a “TGIO” event in December.
You’re welcome to bring your own writing implements (paper/pen, laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc), or to use one of our Chromebooks while in the library. You also don’t need to be officially participating to come in and write with us! I heartily encourage anyone who wants to give writing a go as a hobby to stop in and write with us.