NaNoWriMo is Coming

Interested in writing a novel this November? NaNoWriMo is all about cranking out that first draft, and the Young Writers Program is designed specifically with students in mind!

700,000 writers and authors come together to inspire, motivate, and commiserate about writing.

If writing 50,000 words in one month is your kind of crazy, sign on up. It’s all about silencing your inner editor, figuring out long plots, and finishing that first draft.

There are two ways to fit NaNoWriMo into your schedule–the first is to become a hermit, the second is hardcore time management. That’s really what NaNoWriMo, and it’s summer Camp NaNo equivalent, are all about.

We don’t recommend becoming a hermit, since we know you have school and homework at the very least, so time management it is.

writing catWord sprints are an easy way to get your word count on the page, though it might produce nothing but word-vomit. An easy way to avoid word-vomit, which will all have to be deleted later, and only create more work for you, is to plan out your scenes ahead of time. Even if you’re a pantser (someone who hates outlining, and prefers to fly by the seat of the pants), it’s helpful to know what you need from your next scene. Is it moving the plot? Developing a character? There’s a lot of ways to do word sprints, from a simple timer to Write or Die, which deletes your words if you don’t type fast enough!

Turn off all distractions during your NaNo time. Separate yourself from your phone, get off Facebook and Twitter, it’s all gotta go. Protect the hour (or hours) you’re budgeting for your novel. Your dream is worth it.

No one’s saying it’s gonna be easy, but it’ll be fun.

We’ve got some great books to help you out, so be sure to come down and take a look at our NaNoWriMo display.

Our favorite websites for writers:

Susan Dennard’s For Writers Blog

Go Teen Writers

Helping Writers Become Authors

Publishing Crawl

Janice Hardy’s Fiction University

Pen to Paper

Writer’s Digest

If you have any questions about NaNoWriMo, feel free to come find Ms. Neal in the library.