National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo 2016
NaNoWriMo Library Events
Getting Started
Books About Writing
Books by NaNoWriMo Authors

NaNoWriMo 2016

In 2016 we will be hosting our eighth 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 (2015) was sixty-two,with a minimum of thirty (possibly thirty-one or thirty-two) unique attendees over the course of the month. At least seventeen people reached 50k, everyone won by taking part, and the genres in which they wrote included: Adventure, Adventure/Fantasy/Steampunk, Children’s Fiction, Fanfiction, Fantasy, Historical, Horror/Supernatural, Literary, Mainstream, Personal, Romance, Satire, Science Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult, and Young Adult Fantasy.

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

  • Saturday Write-Ins in 2016

    • Saturday, November 5th, 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
    • Saturday, November 12th, 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
    • Saturday, November 19th, 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
    • Saturday, November 26th, 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-seven children participated in last year’s contest.)
  • Young Writers Workshop
    On Saturday November 5th at 11:00 a.m., aspiring young writers are invited to explore the elements of writing using story maps and a classic fairytale. Click here for more information.
  • Writers & Editors: A Love Story?
    On Tuesday, December 6th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., join Edith Maxwell, Elizabeth Atkinson, and Holly Robinson as they talk about the process of working with an editor. 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.

 

 

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

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How To Write Science Fiction and
Fantasy

Card, Orson Scott
808.3 CARD

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

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You Can Write A Romance
Estrada, Rita Clay
808.3 ESTRADA

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You Can Write A Mystery
Roberts, Gillian
808.3 ROB

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

 

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!

 

 

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Persistence of Memory
Atwater-Rhodes, Amelia
Y ATW

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

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Self Storage
Brandeis, Gayle
Fic. BRANDEIS

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

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Thin Space
Casella, Jody
Y CAS

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Tides
Cornwell, Betsy
Y COR

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The Mosquito Hours
DeLorenzo, Melissa Corliss
Fic. DELORENZO

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Body of Water
Dooley, Sarah
J DOO

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Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen
Gephart, Donna
J GEP

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Bodies of Water
Greenwood, T.
Fic. GREENWOOD

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The Hungry Season
Greenwood, T.
Fic. GREENWOOD

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Flying Changes
Gruen, Sara
Fic. GRUEN

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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 or e-audio

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Sure Signs of Crazy
Harrington, Karen
J HAR

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Dark Tide
Haynes, Elizabeth
Fic. HAYNES

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Into the Darkest Corner
Haynes, Elizabeth
Fic. HAYNES

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Under a Silent Moon
Haynes, Elizabeth
Fic. HAYNES

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

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Wool
Howey, Hugh
SF/ HOWEY

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

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Cinder
Meyer, Melissa
Y MEY

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Cress
Meyer, Melissa
Y MEY

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Scarlet
Meyer, Melissa
Y MEY

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

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Shine Shine Shine
Netzer, Lydia
Fic. NETZER

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Anna and the French Kiss
Perkins, Stephanie
Y PER

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Isla and the Hapily Ever After
Perkins, Stephanie
Y PER

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

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

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Dark Inside
Roberts, Jeyn
Y ROB

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Fangirl
Rowell, Rainbow
Y ROW

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The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Ryan, Carrie
Y RYA

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Daughter of the Bride
Segrè, Francesca
LP/Fic. SEGRE

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

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The Mote in Andrea’s Eye
Wilson, David Niall
LP/Fic. WILSON

Thank you!