National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo 2017
NaNoWriMo Library Events
Getting Started
Books About Writing
Books by NaNoWriMo Authors

NaNoWriMo 2017

In 2017 we will be hosting our ninth 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.

Attendance for our library’s full set of four NaNoWriMo write-ins last year (2016) fifty-four, with twenty-three unique attendees over the course of month. At least eight people reached 50k, everyone won by taking part, and the genres in which people wrote included Adventure, Fanfiction, Fantasy, Historical, LGBT+, Mystery, Personal, 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.

NaNoWriMo Library Events

  • NaNo Newbies: Introduction to National Novel Writing Month
    On Saturday October 14 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. there will be an introduction to National Novel Writing Month specially geared to NaNo “newbies.” NaNo “veterans” are also invited! Click here for more information.
  • First Day Frenzy Wednesday Write-In CANCELLED DUE TO POWER OUTAGE
    On Wednesday November 1st from 12:00 – 8:00 p.m. all are invited to a first day of National Novel Writing Blitz here at the library. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday Write-Ins in 2017
    • Saturday, November 4th, 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
      • The library will be closed on Saturday November 11th in honor of Veterans Day.
    • Saturday, November 18th, 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
    • Saturday, November 25th, 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
  • Story Writing Contest
    Children ages 5 – 12 are invited to submit stories for a special story writing contest in November.  Click here for more information.  (Twenty-three children participated in last year’s contest.)
  • Young Writers Workshop
    On Saturday, November 4th at 11:00 a.m., young writers ages 8 – 12 are invited to explore the elements of writing using prompts and story building exercises.  Click here for more information.
  • Book Publishing from the Inside Out
    On Tuesday, December 5th from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. there will be a special publishing program. Click here for more information.

Getting Started

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

Books About Writing

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.

Your Child’s Writing Life: How To Inspire Confidence, Creativity, and Skill At Every Age
Allyn, Pam
649.6 ALL/ parenting

Books, Crooks and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure
Budewitz, Leslie
808 BUD

If You Can Talk, You Can Write
Saltzman, Joel
808 Saltzman

No Plot? No Problem! A Low-stress, High-velocity Guide To Writing a Novel in 30 Days
Baty, Chris
808.3 BAT

How To Write Science Fiction and Fantasy
Card, Orson Scott
808.3 CARD

Plotto: The Master Book of All Plots
Cook, William Wallace
808.3 COO

Writer’s Guide To Character Traits: Includes Profiles of Human Behaviors and Personality Types
Edelstein, Linda N.
808.3 EDE

You Can Write A Romance
Estrada, Rita Clay
808.3 ESTRADA

Write Away: One Novelist’s Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life
George, Elizabeth
808.3 GEO

The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in the Middle Ages
Kenyon, Sherrilyn
909.07 KEN

So You Want To Write: How To Master the Craft of Fiction and the Personal Narrative
Piercy, Marge
808.3 PIE

You Can Write A Mystery
Roberts, Gillian
808.3 ROB

Book In A Month: The Fool-proof System for Writing a Novel in 30 Days
Schmidt, Victoria Lynn
808.3 SCH

First Draft In 30 Days: A Novel Writer’s System for Building a Complete and Cohesive Manuscript
Weisner, Karen S.
808.3 Weisner

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
King, Stephen
B King, Stephen

The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in Colonial America
Taylor, Dale
973.2 TAY

Books at Hamilton-Wenham by NaNoWriMo Authors

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
Atwater-Rhodes, Amelia
Y ATW
and downloadable e-book

Fun and Games
Barrett, David
Y BAR

The Compound
Bodeen, S. A.
Y BOD
Also available as audio playaway:
Y Playaway BODEEN

Self Storage
Brandeis, Gayle
Fic. BRANDEIS

The Oyster War: The True Story of a Small Farm, Big Politics, and the Future of Wilderness In America
Brennan, Summer
338.3 BRE

Take the Reins
Burkhart, Jessica
J BUR/series/Canterwood Crest

Thin Space
Casella, Jody
Y CAS

Tides
Cornwell, Betsy
Y COR

The Art of Crash Landing
DeCarlo, Melissa
FIC. DECARLO

The Mosquito Hours
DeLorenzo, Melissa Corliss
Fic. DELORENZO

Body of Water
Dooley, Sarah
J DOO

Shelter of Leaves
Gay, Lenore H.
FIC. GAY

Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen
Gephart, Donna
J GEP

Bodies of Water
Greenwood, T.
Fic. GREENWOOD

The Hungry Season
Greenwood, T.
Fic. GREENWOOD

Flying Changes
Gruen, Sara
Fic. GRUEN

Water for Elephants
Gruen, Sara
Fic. GRUEN
Also available as large print:
LP/ Fic. GRUEN
and audio CD:
BCD/ GRUEN
and DVD:
DVD/ F WATER
and downloadable e-book and e-audio

Sure Signs of Crazy
Harrington, Karen
J HAR

Dark Tide
Haynes, Elizabeth
Fic. HAYNES

Into the Darkest Corner
Haynes, Elizabeth
Fic. HAYNES

Under a Silent Moon
Haynes, Elizabeth
Fic. HAYNES

The Darwin Elevator
Hough, Jason M.
PB/SF HOU

Wool
Howey, Hugh
SF/ HOWEY

Shades of Milk and Honey
Kowal, Mary Robinette
Fic. KOWAL

Tag, You’re Dead
Lane, J. C.
FIC. LANE

Cinder
Meyer, Melissa
Y MEY
and downloadable e-book and e-audio

Cress
Meyer, Melissa
Y MEY
and downloadable e-book and e-audio

Scarlet
Meyer, Melissa
Y MEY
and downloadable e-book and e-audio

The Night Circus
Morgenstern, Erin
Fic. MORGENSTERN
Also available as audio CD:
BCD/ MORGENSTERN
and downloadable e-book or e-audio

Shine Shine Shine
Netzer, Lydia
Fic. NETZER

The Mermaid’s Sister
Noble, Carrie Anne
Y NOB

Anna and the French Kiss
Perkins, Stephanie
Y PER
and downloadable e-book

Isla and the Happily Ever After
Perkins, Stephanie
Y PER

Lola and the Boy Next Door
Perkins, Stephanie
Y PER
Also available as audio CD:
Y BCD PER
and downloadable e-book

Time Off for Good Behavior
Rich, Lani Diane
Fic. RICH

Dark Inside
Roberts, Jeyn
Y ROB

Fangirl
Rowell, Rainbow
Y ROW
and downloadable e-book and e-audio

The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Ryan, Carrie
Y RYA
and downloadable e-book

The Hawley Book of the Dead
Szarlan, Chrysler
Fic. SZARLAN

The Middle of Somewhere
Yoerg, Sonja Ingrid
LP/ FIC. YOERG