National Novel Writing Month

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Do you want to write a novel, but can’t seem to get started? Then head to because November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! The goal of the program is to write a 50,000-word novel from November 1 to November 30. You can sign up on the website to track your progress, get support and meet other writers (maybe a bit late for this year, but you can always mark your calendar for the 2014 NaNoWriMo!). You can also read an interesting story from National Public Radio about NaNoWriMo. Did you know that Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern were NaNoWriMo projects? Water for Elephants made the New York Times Best Seller list, won a few awards and was adapted into a movie -- not bad for a month-long project!

And, if you need some in-person inspiration, want to share samples of your work or get feedback from other writers, DMPL has two writers’workshops for you. Stop by the Central Library on the first Monday of every month from 5 to 7 p.m., or head to the South Side Library on the second Thursday of every month from 4 to 6 p.m. Come with an open mind and share your work (if you want) or just listen to other aspiring novelists.