It’s November, which means its National Novel Writing Month!
National Novel Writing Month started in 1999 when freelance writer, Chris Baty gathered twenty of his friends, tasking them with writing a novel in a month. Little did he know how infectious the idea would become. National Novel Writing Month, also known as #NaNoWriMo, now sees writers the world over knuckling down for November to get through the first 50,000 words of their new book.
Getting started on a writing project can be daunting. Whether it’s a case of finding the time or the confidence to write, it is easy to procrastinate. NaNoWriMo gives writers a deadline and a goal, the perfect encouragement to get them started on their masterpiece. Writers can sign up (http://nanowrimo.org/) and track their progress, find support and talk to other writers, then at the end of the month they receive a certificate showing that they completed NaNoWriMo.
You might have an amazing idea for a book, but aren’t sure where to start. You might be struggling with writer’s block. To help you get going, we’ve put together some great resources from our library catalogue.
As the old writing adage goes, “don’t get it right, get it written”. Writing is all about trying things out, making mistakes, and then putting the work in with diligent re-writing. So take a look at some of these brilliant books and guides, and then it’s time to bite the bullet and put pen to paper!
Getting started? Everyone has a story to tell, and it’s time to tell yours. Here, the Daily Telegraph maps out for you everything from gathering your thoughts, to committing your memories to paper.
Struggling to find time? If you’re struggling to put aside time to write, then The Five-Minute Writer is the perfect antidote. Find inspiration and bolster your creativity with this handy guide book.
Fancy becoming the next J K Rowling? If it’s children’s fiction you want to write then try this guide and get to grips with everything from form and tone to how you can get your story to print.
Become an online sensation! Find out how to publish your own ebook in this magazine.