By NaNoWriMo 2020

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has begun! Started over twenty years ago, NaNoWriMo is a popular, internet-based creative writing endeavor where participants try to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. Working from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30, writers typically offer encouragement to each other online, record their word counts and other updates on their accounts, and connect with regional groups for “write-ins.” 

While COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in the plans for in-person meetings, NaNoWriMo is still alive and well online. The forums are active, virtual events are scheduled on Zoom and Discord, and over 300,000 writers are gearing up for another month of creative flurries. If you’d like to participate, create an account for free! 

The NaNoWriMo website offers plenty of support and inspiration. There’s a blog, forums for discussion, pep talks from published authors, and a variety of preparatory materials and prompts. Log into your account and join the library’s writing group, EVPL NaNoWriMo, to receive a weekly prompt, share your work, and respond to others in the area. Here are some additional resources that may help during the writing sprint:

No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days by Chris Baty – You’ve always wanted to write, but . . . just haven’t gotten around to it. No Plot? No Problem! is the kick in the pants you’ve been waiting for. Let Chris Baty, founder of the rockin’ literary marathon NaNoWriMo, guide you through four exciting weeks of hard-core noveling. Whether you’re a first-time novelist who just can’t seem to get pen to paper or a results-oriented writer seeking a creative on-ramp into the world of publishing, this is the adventure for you.

Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book on Novel Writing You’ll Ever Need by Jessica Brody – Whether you’re writing your first novel or your seventeenth, Save the Cat! breaks down plot in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step method so you can write stories that resonate!  Additionally, it will help you better understand the fundamentals and mechanics of plot, character transformation, and what makes a story work! 

How to Write a Page-Turner: Craft a Story Your Readers Can’t Put Down by Jordan Rosenfeld – While this book walks you through the key areas that need tension building, from character to plot, it also delves deeper, analyzing exceptional examples from contemporary fiction’s most gripping page-turners. So as you dive into the inner conflicts of a character’s deepest psyche, to the mechanics of how you reveal information to the reader, you’ll also discover how to craft a story your readers can’t put down. 

To help support your writing, EVPL has developed ten challenges in Beanstack! Complete six of the ten challenges to be entered into a drawing for a prize any writer would love.*

*Challenge runs Nov. 1 through Nov. 30. The winner will be notified by December 3, 2020.

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Sean Connery