In the midst of the summer heat, it’s hard to believe November will be here in a mere three months, but we have it on pretty good authority that it’s coming. And November means…National Novel Writing Month! Check out NaNoWriMo.org to learn about the program’s origins and to sign up (it’s free). The short version is this: National Novel Writing Month challenges you to write a novel in a month.
Q. A whole novel?
A. Yes, a whole novel! Fifty thousand words, to be exact.
Q. In a month?
A. And it’s a short month, too – just 30 days! And don’t forget about Thanksgiving. If you plan to take Thanksgiving Day off, it’s just 29 days.
Q. Y’all are crazy.
A. That’s not a question.
Q. Okay…I’ve always wanted to write a novel, maybe I’ll give it a try. How can the library help?
A. Great question! The library will be hosting “Write Ins” throughout the month. We invite NaNoWriMo participants (known as “WriMos”) to come use the library space and resources: wifi, power outlets, laptops, books, databases, a general aura of creativity and spirit of literature, etc.
A. Thanks! We didn’t come up with that gem ourselves, sad to say. “Come Write In” every Tuesday evening in November from 6-9pm, and Saturdays from 10am-1pm (except the first Saturday, 11/5, which is the Arlington Book Festival – but you may want to be here for that too!).
Of course, you can “come write in” anytime the library is open, but if you want a dedicated space and the company of other WriMos, mark your calendars for Tuesday evenings and Saturdays throughout November.