October 22, 2010

Gearing up for NaNoWriMo - Author Visit

Last night my library had our first National Novel Writing Month event. Yes, we're aware that it's not November yet! At this event we simply introduced the idea of NaNoWriMo and helped patrons get registered for the challenge. We had about 50 people show up and almost all of them stayed to register! We also had some resources available for everyone to check out. I highly recommend reading No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days by Chris Baty (the founder of NaNoWriMo) if you plan to take on this crazy challenge.
No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days

We also had a visit from a local author, Jamie Carie, who writes historical inspirational romance novels. She talked about the research she does before writing a book and the brainstorming about characters that takes place before the actual writing begins. She answered some questions from the audience and then stuck around to sign books and talk to people one-on-one. She even donated some signed books to the library as well. How sweet is that?

Here are some photos of a book display I put together with some resources for aspiring novelists. I'm glad a librarian had a jumbo pencil for me to borrow - there are not a lot of props involved with novel writing. A laptop might get stolen...haha. Maybe I could go back and add a coffee mug...caffeine is definitely a necessity for novel writing, right? 

(This side has a list of published authors whose first draft began with NaNoWriMo!)

Is anyone taking on the challenge of NaNoWriMo this year? 


Angel said...

Great post on Nano. I did it last year, though I wasn't even close to finishing due to some surprising work obligations.
This year, I think I'm going to break the rules and use last year's WIP and try to flesh it out. If I can add 50,000 words, I'll count myself a winner. I'm not logging in this year though, I'll just do it along with everyone. Goodluck!

Jennie said...

I love that you guys already had an event to drum up interest! Have you decided if you are going to do Nano this year?

Super said...

I think I'm going to try, but I won't be too disappointed if I can't make the word count. I'm having enough trouble getting grad school homework done as it its! haha

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