November is NaNoWriMo!

Have you always wanted to write a book? Then, November might be the push you need to get started on writing the book of your dreams.
Posted on 21 October 2021 by Miranda.

Every November thousands of writers around the world participate in National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo. The challenge? To write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days. Think you can do it? Then, I encourage you to participate in NaNoWriMo 2021 and write a book!

Everyone has a story to tell and we want to help you tell it! Call the library at 403-502-8525 to register for a NaNoWriMo Survival Kit that you’ll be able to pick up on November 1st (while supplies last). In the meantime, browse our book lists “NaNoWriMo Ready” and “Books Written During NaNoWriMo” for inspiration.


How do I participate?

All you need to do is attempt the challenge of writing 50,000 words in the 30 days of November. However, if you'd like to be more involved you can make an account on the official NaNoWriMo website to keep track of your word count and connect with other writers.


What if I don't finish the 50,000 words?

Many writers set out to finish NaNoWriMo and don't make the 50,000 mark, but you'll still get to participate, have a good time, and get started on that book you've always dreamed of writing.


How do you define “novel”?

Novel is defined as “a lengthy work of fiction.” Beyond that, you decide whether what you’re writing falls under the heading of “novel.”


Do I have to start my novel from scratch on the first of the month? Can I use an outline?

Traditionally, NaNoWriMo works best when you start a brand-new project. That said, all writers at any stage are welcome. Outlines, character sketches, and other planning steps are encouraged, and you're welcome to continue an old project. Just be sure to only count words written during November toward your goal.

For more information or to sign up for NaNoWriMo visit: nanowrimo.org.

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