NaNoWriMo: Are You Ready?

Posted on October 27, 2016. Filed under: Event, Nonfiction | Tags: , , , |


National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starts November 1st. Are you ready?

For those who don’t know NaNoWriMo was started to inspire people to begin writing that novel they always dreamed of writing. You commit to try writing a 50,000 word novel in 1 month. This is just a rough draft. No editing or organizing – that’s for after November. It is just a creative mad dash to the finish line on November 30th. The people at NaNoWriMo have a fabulous website where you can track your progress, connect with other writers, and draw inspiration.

Oakton is a NaNoWriMo “Come Write In” location. This means that we open our space to fellow participants so that we can all write together. I can testify that I found it extremely helpful to be writing in a room filled with other writers. Their focus helped me focus, and I got a lot written at each session I attended. It is also fun to talk with your fellow writers about your novel, the writing process, and the NaNoWriMo experience.

Why not join us. You can sign up on the NaNoWriMo website. It is free.

All of our Come Write In sessions this year are all at the Des Plaines Campus in room 2418 in the library. The dates are:

Kick Off and Sign Up:
Thursday, Oct. 27, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Come Write In:

  • Saturday, November 5th, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 12th, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov.  19th, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov 29th, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 30th, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Need inspiration to get started, check out some of the resources on the NaNo Prep page; scroll down to the bottom of this page for the NaNo Prep Library. Need more guidance? Check out a few of these books:

9781452124773_p0_v2_s192x300No Plot? No Problem! Revised and Expanded Edition: A Low-stress, High-velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days
by Chris Baty

No Plot? No Problem! offers suggestions on how to participate in something as crazy as writing a short novel in a single month, as well as why you’d want to do so.

Baty gives practical tips peppered with humor, recognizing that this endeavor is both enormous and somewhat ridiculous, but still worth doing. Baty walks you through things like how to find time to write, what tools and foods you should keep handy, and the benefits of planning (or not planning) your novel ahead of time.

The second half of the book is a week-by-week guide, intended to walk you through the first week exuberance, second week slump, and so on. Baty’s been at this for 15 years already, so he knows what he’s talking about—plus he has quotes and advice from many other NaNoWriMo winners as well” (Barnes&Noble).

9781608682546_p0_v2_s192x300Fast Fiction: A Guide to Outlining and Writing a First-Draft Novel in Thirty Days
by Denise Jaden

“Writers flock to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) each November because it provides a procrastination-busting deadline. But only a fraction of the participants meet their goal. Denise Jaden was part of that fraction, writing first drafts of her two published young adult novels during NaNoWriMo.

In Fast Fiction, she shows other writers how to do what she did, step-by-step, writer to writer. Her process starts with a prep period for thinking through plot, theme, characters, and setting. Then Jaden provides day-by-day coaching for the thirty-day drafting period. Finally, her revision tips help writers turn merely workable drafts into compelling and publishable novels” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

Book In a Month: The Fool-Proof System for Writing a Novel in 30 Days
by Victoria Lynn Schmidt

“If you make time to write and put away all of your excuses, could you stay on track and finish your novel in only a month? With a structured plan and a focused goal, yes, you can!

Using a combination of flexible weekly schedules, focused instruction, and detailed worksheets, author Victoria Schmidt leads you through a proven 30-day novel-writing system without the intimidation factor. Book in a Month shows you how to:

  • Set realistic goals and monitor your progress
  • Manage your time so that your writing life has room to flourish
  • Select a story topic that will continue to inspire you throughout the writing process
  • Quickly outline your entire story so that you have a clear idea of how your plot and characters are going to develop before you start writing
  • Draft each act of your story by focusing on specific turning points
  • Keep track of the areas you want to revise without losing your momentum in the middle of your story
  • Relax and have fun-you are, after all, doing something you love

So what are you waiting for? If you’ve been putting off your book project, let Book in a Month be your guide and find out just how much you can accomplish” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

-posted by Gretchen Schneider



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