NaNoWriMo - it's not just gibberish!

Do you hear that? That's the sound of a million wanna-be authors panicking!

That's right, November 1st is the start of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo to those in the know. Thousands of people (official count as of this posting is nearly 150,000) will crack their knuckles and sit down in-front of their blank pages (paper or digital) and attempt to write a novel (50,000 words) in thirty days. Thirty days!?!?

That's impossible, I hear you cry! But it's not, you can start and finish a novel in thirty days if you can manage to average about 1,667 new words each day. See, it's easy right?

Ok, if you still don't believe me here are some books that can help you along the way:

Novelist's Bootcamp by Todd Stone

The Author's Toolkit by Mary Embree

This Year You Write Your Novel by Walter Mosley

The Nighttime Novelist: Finish Your Novel in Your Spare Time by Joseph Bates


For a different sort of inspiration here are some books that began their lives as NaNoWriMo babies:

The Night Circus by Eric Morgenstern

Ape House by Sarah Gruen

Wool by Hugh Howey

Persistence of Memory by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (Try the eBook or the audio eBook)

Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen by Donna Gephardt ( Also available as an eBook)

Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Will your NaNoWriMo baby grow up to be a real book? You'll never know if you don't try, so come and write with us. We'll be hosting two write-ins in November at Denver Central Library.

On Friday, November 15th there will be a take over of the Hoyt Reading Lounge - Level 1. Bring your laptops, your pens and paper we'll be plugging away at that word count all day long in the distractingly scenic Burnham-Hoyt room's "Hemicycle" where the windows look out onto Civic Center Park.

Come join us again on Tuesday the 26th of November from 4:30-7:30 p.m. for another write-in in the small classroom of our Community Technology Center. Only 12 seats available please email me to RSVP.

Written by Emily on October 26, 2013


Anonymous on October 26, 2013


I love Walter Mosely! Thank you for the recommendation, I can't wait to read that. I know not everyone loves Stephen King, but I found his book "On Writing" helpful.


I am so glad that you found something to inspire you here! There are just so many amazing writing guides, King's among them, it is impossible to capture them all. For instance, how did I leave out Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg?!

Laurie. on October 30, 2013


I always learn something from the writing books even if it isn't evident from my writing :| The writing titles mentioned and more are available in our online booklist - writers on writing - available


Thank you, I kept meaning to go back and add that to the blog, those lists are such a great resource!

Anonymous on October 30, 2013


Wool is an amazing book. The author teaches us all the power of just putting ourselves out there. He started writing it as a challenge and now he has three omnibus editions on the shelves!

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