October has been pretty summery so far, but don’t let that make you forget that after October comes November, and November is National Novel Writing Month! NaNoWriMo, as it is affectionately called, has participants all over the world, and the Robbins Library is throwing open its doors to welcome “WriMos” this month.
The idea behind NaNoWriMo is simple: write 50,000 words in 30 days. It’s a galvanizing, get-off-your-butt challenge to write the book you’ve always thought about writing, and to do it with a community of others tackling the same challenge.
The library is a great place to write any time of the day, any time of year – it’s quiet (at least on the second floor), you’re surrounded by books and fellow readers, librarians are at the ready to help with any research questions you may have, and there’s free wireless (without the expectation that you’ll buy a coffee every hour).
During NaNoWriMo, however, we make a special effort to welcome writers, reserving time in our Community Room and Conference Room throughout the month. Check out our printer-friendly NaNoWriMo 2013 calendar (PDF) for exact dates and times all in one place; each “Write In” is also on our library website calendar, starting on Friday, November 1 at 9am.
During our “Write Ins,” you can meet other “WriMos,” use our outlets to charge your laptops, borrow a laptop from the library if you don’t have one (you’ll need your library card for this), browse our books about writing, ask research questions, enjoy a quiet place to work, and get a free NaNoWriMo bookmark. We hope to see you in November!
For some more background on NaNoWriMo, check out last year’s blog post.