National Novel Writing Month
In 2014 we celebrated our sixth NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Every November, people all over the world attempt to write a 50,000-word novel by midnight, November 30. Participants sign up by creating free accounts at www.nanowrimo.org, the official site for National Novel Writing Month. There they can post their daily (or hourly, or second-by-second) word counts, display samples of their writing, or discuss their progress and even arrange local write-in events with other writers on the site forums.
This year, attendance for our library's full set of five NaNoWriMo write-ins was 62, with 27 unique, wonderful people coming to our five write-ins over the course of the month. Twelve of them reached 50k, all of them won by taking part, and the genres they wrote in included Adventure, Crime Fiction, Fanfiction, Fantasy, Historical, Literary, Mainstream, Romance, Satire/Humor, Science Fiction, and Young Adult.
If you plan to write a novel in November or any other time, we invite you to write it here at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library. We offer air, light, chairs, tables, computers, wireless internet, outlets and jacks (for laptops), books about writing, friendly reference staff who can try to help you with burning questions like "How long would it take to circumnavigate a hundred acres on foot?" and much more.
- Saturday Write-Ins
- Saturday, November 1st, 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
- Saturday, November 8th, 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
- Saturday, November 15th, 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
- Saturday, November 22nd, 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
- Saturday, November 29th, 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
- Story Writing Contest
First through sixth graders were invited to submit stories for a special story writing contest in November. Twenty children participated in the contest. Contest winners and stories will be posted when the judging process is complete.
- Getting into Print: Understanding Publishing Options
On Wednesday, December 3rd, Deidre Randall, CEO of Peter E. Randall Publisher (Portsmouth, NH) provided an overview of the different types of publishing. Included by her permission, click here to download the powerpoint for this presentation.
If you are participating in National Novel Writing Month for the first time, the best way to start is by visiting the web site and creating a free account. If you would like to communicate with fellow writers, your next stop is the NaNoWriMo forums. These forums are available year-round, but all old threads and postings are wiped clean on the first of October as people prepare for the intensive writing in November.
Forums include the Genre Lounges, Resources and Writing Support, and many other groups. (There is even a NaNo Rebels forum for those using November to write something like a memoir, script or non-fiction book instead!) At the bottom you will find the Regional Lounges, where you can hook up with authors from your local area.
Here are a few short cuts for Massachusetts participants:
United States :: Massachusetts :: 5-College
United States :: Massachusetts :: Berkshires
United States :: Massachusetts :: Boston
United States :: Massachusetts :: Cape Cod
United States :: Massachusetts :: Elsewhere
United States :: Massachusetts :: Lowell and Merrimack Valley
United States :: Massachusetts :: Metrowest
United States :: Massachusetts :: Milford/Bellingham/Franklin
United States :: Massachusetts :: Norfolk/Bristol Counties
United States :: Massachusetts :: North Shore
United States :: Massachusetts :: Plymouth
United States :: Massachusetts :: Southbridge/Sturbridge
United States :: Massachusetts :: Western Mass
United States :: Massachusetts :: Worcester
Want to avoid your novel while still doing something novellish and cool? Other writing and book-related events at our library will be coming soon!
These are just a few of the many books on writing available from the Hamilton-Wenham Library. Don't see your favorite title on there? Let us know! If you are looking at this list during or immediately before the month of November, many of these books will be checked out, but feel free to call 978-468-5577 and ask if the title you want is actually available (it may just be checked out to a display!) We can also bring books in from other libraries.
It's true, some NaNoWriMo novels have been published. Click here for a growing list of published authors. Below are some NaNoWriMo novels that our library actually owns. Check them out, and see what you think of the results!
|Persistence of Memory
Bodeen, S. A.
Also available as audio playaway:
Y Playaway BODEEN
|Take the Reins
J BUR/series/Canterwood Crest
|The Mosquito Hours
DeLorenzo, Melissa Corliss
|Body of Water
|Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen
|Bodies of Water
|The Hungry Season
|Sure Signs of Crazy
|Into the Darkest Corner
|Under a Silent Moon
|The Darwin Elevator
Hough, Jason M.
|Shades of Milk and Honey
Kowal, Mary Robinette
|The Night Circus
Also available as large print:
LP/ Fic. MORGENSTERN
and audio CD:
and downloadable e-book or e-audio
|Shine Shine Shine
|Anna and the French Kiss
|Isla and the Hapily Ever After
|Time Off for Good Behavior
Rich, Lani Diane
|The Forest of Hands and Teeth
|Daughter of the Bride
|The Mote in Andrea's Eye
Wilson, David Niall