NaNoWriMo at the Library

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Posted: October 29, 2020

Category: Library Programs & Events

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! With temperatures dipping below zero and snow on the ground, this might be the perfect excuse to stay inside, get cozy, and start on that novel you have always wanted to write!

NaNoWriMo is an international writing project that challenges participants to write 50,000 words in 30 days, between November 1 and November 30. Participants can register on the NaNoWriMo website (, which features a word tracker and pep talks from published authors! 

Not sure how to get started? Let GPPL get you on the right track! We have a variety of programs, books, and online resources to get you started on your NaNoWriMo challenge.

Need a Place to Write?
Come write with us! GPPL is the perfect spot to work on your novel. We have research material, free Wi-Fi, and plentiful plugs for your device.

Online Resources
Gale Courses offers a variety of creating writing courses, ranging from “Writing Essentials” to “Writing Young Adult Fiction,” there is a course for all skill and interest levels. Are you interested in writing in a specific genre? Gale Courses has got you covered with courses about writing mystery, fantasy, and romance novels. Best of all? These courses are all free to take with a GPPL library card!

Books About Writing
Elements of Fiction by Walter Mosley
This brief and accessible writing guide demonstrates how to master the various elements of fiction writing: character, character development, plot, development, narrative, and more. Elements of Fiction will guide you from the first draft to the final draft.

The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Writing by Alice LaPlante
Alice LaPlante’s writing guide walks writers through each stage of the writing process – from developing and refining the initial idea to editing revising the final manuscript. The Making of a Story also contains multiple writing exercises to get your creative juices flowing.

Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction: How to Create OutofThisWorld Novels by Jay Lake, Orson Scott Card, and Philip Athans

If you are interested in writing fantasy or science fiction novels, this is the book for you! In Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction you will learn how to create new worlds, incorporate historically accurate information into fantastical stories, create descriptions of otherworldly creatures (from giants to elves!), and how to ground your stories to create credible and thrilling fiction.

Library Programs

Help! I’m Stuck: A Virtual Write-In
When: Tuesday, November 17 @ 7:00 pm
Where:Zoom via GPPL Virtually Anywhere
Stuck at the mid-month point for NaNoWriMo? Join Sue Farrell Holler for a virtual write-in over Zoom. Discuss how your novel is progressing, ask questions and get tips on how to get over the hump, or join to hang out with other people you can commiserate with. 

Date: Tuesday, November 17 @ 7:00 pm 

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