It's time to put on those bull horn helmets, stock the cupboards, and pound out 50,000 words. November is National Novel Writing Month, more conveniently known as NaNoWriMo, and we want the library to be your personal headquarters for preparation, research, production, and anything else involved in your process that's allowed in public. 'NaNo' is meant to be a fun, "seat of your pants" approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working toward the goal of writing a 50,000 word novel before the final minute of November 30.
As we see it, the beauty in NaNoWriMo is threefold:
- Creating a regular writing practice
So many of us struggle to write every day. During NaNoWriMo you write—a lot—every day, helping to create the habit of making the time to write and then actually writing.
- Completing a major length writing project
Will it be your best work? No. Will it get published? Not likely. Will you realize that you can write a novel to completion and learn a whole lot (about yourself and you as a writer) from the process? Yes.
- Community Support
What most consider the most important aspect of NaNoWriMo is the community support. There are websites, international and local online and in-person meet-up groups, support from others who see the fun and folly of writing 50,000 words in thirty days.
To get ready, the Central library is hosting two pre-NaNo workshops on Saturday, October 26:
PHENOMENAL PLOTS - 12 NOON
Discover how to analyze popular stories in order to understand how to get your readers’ hearts pounding and keep them turning pages long past bedtime. Register here.
CAPTIVATING CHARACTERS - 2 PM
Learn and share tips with your fellow writers. We’ve all read characters we couldn’t stand, or loved a character so much we cried when they died. Join a lively discussion on what makes us root for the underdog or love to hate the villain. Register here.
**Please note that both workshops will take place on the 5th floor of the Central library.
*Our program guide lists the location as Lower Level Meeting Room, but this area is closed due to ongoing flood recovery efforts.
Heck, even if you don't plan on participating in NaNoWriMo these workshops are a great chance to sharpen up some skills and meet like-minded neighbours to bounce ideas off of. And because libraries are the ultimate place to write - the domestic distractions of home are eliminated, the calm-yet-lively atmosphere nurtures focus, and you surround yourself with all the glorious material you could ask for in terms of research and inspiration - we are hoping that any and all Calgary WRIMOTAURS come and plug in at any of our 18 branches across the city. Our doors will open 29 out of 30 days in November (closed for Remembrance Day) and on November 9th the Memorial Park Library is hosting two Write-In sessions.
Register for 11AM - 1PM SESSION
Register for 2 - 4PM SESSION
To learn more about Calgary's regional NaNoWriMo group, the Wrimotaurs, take a look at our 'Interview With A Wrimotaur' to hear it straight from our fearless leaders. Happy NaNo everybody!