Write a Novel
October 31, 2011
How often does that make it on people's "things to do before I die" list? I know it's on mine. I'm guessing that's one that doesn't get crossed off of most lists. What a daunting thought of sitting down to write a novel. Where would one even begin? Well, I tell you where you can begin. Begin this November 1st. What better time than the present, and what better time than National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo? NaNoWriMo is a national novel writing campaign that started in 1999 with just twenty-one people. In 2010, there were over 200,000 people writing. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days, starting at the beginning and getting to "the end." NaNoWriMo also offers a Young Writers Program geared towards kids and teens. The Smithville Branch will be helping these teen writers by hosting a Teen Writer's Workshop the first three Wednesday's in November at 6:30 p.m.
More than 90 novels drafted during NaNoWriMo have since been published, including the popular title Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (a #1 NY Times Bestseller), and The Night Circus by Eric Morgenstern.
Be creative, write every day, lock your inner editor in the closet, and start writing! "The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air. All I must do is find it, and copy it. ~Jules Renard, "Diary," February 1895