Library Programs for NaNoWriMo
November is National Novel Writing Month
This November, write your novel at the Porter Branch! We will have dictionaries, thesauri and books on novel writing available for you to consult. We offer free WiFi, free public use computers and printers. (If you'd like to use a computer, please call 540-659-4909 to sign up ahead of time.) There is no sign up required for the program, just drop in and write! Have questions? Please call the adult reference desk at 540-659-4909.
First Chapters hosted on LibraryPoint
To submit the first chapter of your novel to be hosted on the LibraryPoint.org website, please email NaNoWriMo@crrl.org. Attach your work as either a Microsoft Word or PDF document. Submissions will be accepted throughout November and will be accessible until February 28, 2012. Only works submitted by the original author with their permission will be posted.
The following chapters have been submitted by CRRL patrons:
Cataclysm 2012 by Dave
Genesis of Titan by John
It strikes me as somewhat counterintuitive that writing should be as difficult as it is. After all, writing is arguably the most accessible of the creative arts: get a pen, get some paper, get an idea, and write it down. Simplifying the process to such a degree is, while technically correct, nonetheless laughable. For example, I spent well over an hour trying to figure out some way to write an opening paragraph for this article that wasn’t “everybody has a story” and it hasn’t even been an especially good opening paragraph. Imagine then the amount of effort that must go into writing an entire novel! Thank goodness for NaNoWriMo.
No, I didn’t type that on a smart phone; NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. The concept is easy: devote this November to writing your novel. You know your novel – that one idea floating lazily about in the nether regions of your brain’s “bucket list,” the one that you’ve said to yourself, “Wow, that would make a really great book.” But you’ve never quite had the time or the inclination. Well, much like the gym in January, NaNoWriMo gives you the formal opportunity to actually get started.