NaNoWriMo: Fun To Say… But What Is It?

October 29, 2013

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place the whole month of November. Have you been thinking about writing your family history? Maybe a memoir? OH OH! What about a historical fiction? MGC, and other branches across MCPL, have the space for you to come write-in, in addition to resources that can jump start your success. But what does success look like during NaNoWriMo?

The goal is to write 50,000 words during the whole month of November. But don’t panic! 

You won’t be flogged. You won’t be shamed in a public square. Or even lose any money if you don’t reach 50k. Participation in NaNoWriMo is voluntary and FREE! All you need to do is sign up at They have all sorts of fun stuff for you to look through, pep talks, lists of past winners, calendars of upcoming events in your area, etc. And you can keep track of your word count through their tracker. Just copy and paste your work, and it tallies it up for you. EasyPeasy as pumpkin pie…mmmm…pie. 

Why should you do this thing? What for? Well my friends, it is your opportunity to finally sit down and just DO IT! Stamp out your inner editor, hogtie that voice that says “Someday you will,” and let your writerly self shine for one month. And it can be done friends; I did it last year. Even on Thanksgiving? Yes, I did. When I was tired? Yep. Was my draft perfect? Nope. And yours won’t be either. But at least the foundation will be there, so you can spend the next year (or five) making it pretty. And to help you get excited about NaNoWriMo, MCPL is hosting write-ins and other events across the system. At MGC, we’re hosting a Kick-off Party Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. and a Wrap-up Party Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.

We are a quiet place with tons of space for you writers to get your word counts in every day. In addition to open tables, we have a public computer lab, private rooms you can reserve, endless historical and genealogical resources, and free WiFi. So come on in and see my face, we look forward to seeing yours this November!

Cynthia S.
Midwest Genealogy Center


Sounds great! Good article.

Sounds great! Good article.

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