As I mentioned about a month ago, November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The idea is that at Midnight on November 1, you start writing a novel, and by 11:59 p.m. on November 30 you have at least 50,000 words written. (Writing “The End” is a bonus, but it’s really the goal of 50,000 words you’re aiming at.)
Stark County has a great local group who will support you while you’re writing your novel, and to help with that, the group has several regular write-ins every week throughout the month. The write-ins are great, because not only do you get to hang out with other novelists trying to accomplish the same goal, you get a chance to focus on your writing. During write-ins, we have word sprints, which are times set aside when there’s no talking, and everyone writes as much as they can for a set period of time. (29 minutes and 31 seconds is a popular word sprint length. You’ll have to come to a write-in if you want to know why.)
The Library is going to be sponsoring a weekly write-in on Friday afternoons. (Well, that’s every Friday during November, except Black Friday, because there’s a special plan for the local group that day.) So on Friday, November 2, 9, 16, and 30, anyone participating in NaNoWriMo is invited to come do some writing here from 1-4 p.m. If you have more questions about NaNoWriMo or the write-ins, please stop by the Reference Desk and just ask me. I’m always thrilled to talk about noveling!