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Friday, October 25, 2013

Write a 50,000 word novel during NaNoWriMo

If you've always wanted to write a novel, but the thought of a blank page terrifies you, then NaNoWriMo is for you. Don‘t let the empty page paralyze you! National Novel Writing Month, which happens every November, is a chance to set your fear to the side and just write. Does just starting seem overwhelming to you? Let the library help.

The Library: Your NaNoWriMo partner

To help you get started with NaNoWriMo, we're hosting a kick off party on Tuesday, October 29th. You can learn more about NaNoWriMo, get signed up, and meet past participants. In November, we'll have weekly “write-ins” every Tuesday starting at 6 p.m. The write-ins are a great way to crank out a few thousand words, win silly prizes, and meet other NaNoWriMo participants.

Why should you come to the write-ins? Since you have to write 50,000 words by the end of month, the write-ins are crucial to your survival. This chart show my daily word counts for the last two years. See those spikes in activity? Those are write-ins that I attended. Each time, my productivity does way up.

If you need more write-ins and more NaNo support, Oakton Community College also can help. They‘re hosting write-ins at the Des Plaines campus, have a few special events, and great resources to help you survive NaNo. Visit their NaNoWriMo resource guide to learn more.

Social writing is fun writing

Frankly, I think “write-ins” are the best part of NaNoWriMo. You‘re sharing in a fun and stressful event with other people, and get to talk about writing and books with like-minded people. It‘s worth mentioning that last year‘s participants went on to start our writing group.

Interested in this DIY writing extravaganza? Come to our kickoff party on October 29th and visit our NaNoWriMo page to learn more.

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