November is a time for upcoming holidays, family reunions, fun, and...noveling! It's National Novel Writing Month again, and will this be the month that you write your novel? Yes! Hopefully.
What, you don't know what NaNoWriMo entails? It's the pledge to write a 50,000 word novel within the span of the month of November, whether it be poems, short stories, the first part of an epic fantasy series you hope to turn into a television show (ala A Song of Ice and Fire), or a collection of stories passed down your family. All you have to do is sign up on the NaNoWriMo Website, scrounge up some ideas, and start writing once November 1st comes about! You'll need an average of 1,666 words a day (2 single spaced pages), or you can do what I'm famous for and skip some days and write a frantic 5 to 6 thousand words in one day to make up for it.
And if you already write for fun all throughout the year anyways, take on the challenge just to meet some fellow local writers! And one good place to meet them would be at the...
Foster City Library Write-Ins
Join us for some after-hour writing at the Foster City Library. Come enjoy a cacophony of clacking keyboard keys. I find that nothing beats that writer's block more than seeing your others hunched over their tablet/notebook/laptop and writing away!
Bring your dinner to the Discovery Room on Thursday nights and enjoy some peaceful writing and unspoken peer pressure. We'll be writing from 6 PM to 7 PM on 11/07, 11/14, and 11/21! We won't make you come in on Thanksgiving, so enjoy your family time! Just make sure you keep up with your 1,666 words a day rate....
Reading About Writing
Here's some fun books to peruse while you hover over that "Sign Up Now" button!
- The Everything Creative Writing Book: All You Need to Know to Write a Novel, Short Story, Screenplay, Poem, or Article
- First Draft in 30 Days: A Novel Writer's System for a Complete and Cohesive Manuscript
- No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days
- Snoopy's Guide to the Writing Life
- Wretched Writing: A Compendium of Crimes Against the English
Jenna V. has a shiny cover ready for her novel. Too bad the plot's still quite vague....