National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo 2021
NaNoWriMo Library Events
Getting Started
Books About Writing
Books by NaNoWriMo Authors

NaNoWriMo 2021

In 2021 we will be hosting our 13th 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.

In 2020 our library sponsored online programming including four October prep sessions, four Wednesday Night Salons and four Saturday Write-Ins.  Attendance across all programming was 79.  It was harder to tell what everyone was writing over Zoom and GoogleGroups, but in past years participants have written across genres including Adventure, Chick Lit, Fanfiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Political Satire, Religious/Spiritual, Romance, Thriller-Suspense, Science Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult, and Young Adult Fantasy.

NaNoWriMo, and Other Writing-Related, Library Events

Click here for a flier of eventsNaNoWriMo is officially virtualonly this year; any in-person events* are not affiliated with the National Novel Writing Month organization and are listed as a courtesy for anyone interested.  RSVP is requested for all in-person events in case they are required to go remote. They will not be rescheduled.

  • NaNo Newbies Q&A, Wed. Oct. 20 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., via ZOOM
    Get ready for November and find out more about National Novel Writing Month.  Geared to newcomers, veterans welcome.  Click here for more information.
  • First Day Frenzy Opening Write-In, Mon. Nov. 1 from 10:00 – 8:00 p.m., via ZOOM
    All are invited to a Manic Monday of of National Novel Writing hosted by the library.  Click here for more information.
  • Saturday AND Sunday Write-Ins via ZOOM
    Our traditional Saturday write-ins, via ZOOM…and this year, since write-ins are virtual anyway, we are sponsoring Sunday write-ins as well.  Come when you can!  Leave when you like!  Weekend write-ins are your chance to meet local fellow novelists and write like crazy.  Brainstorm, socialize and boost your word count with fellow writers of the North Shore.

  • Young Writers Story Writing Contest
    Young writers ages 5 to 12 are invited to submit stories for a special story writing contest in November.  The deadline for submitting stories is Saturday, November 27 by midnightClick here for more information. (27 children participated in last year’s 2020 contest.)
  • Write The Hook Teen Writing Contest
    New this year this year!  Essex County teens grades 6 – 12 are invited to submit the beginning or “hook” to their stories for a chance at cash prizes and their winning submissions posted on the Informed Teens blog. The deadline for submitting is Sunday, December 12 by midnightClick here for more information.
  • Your Children’s Book: From Idea to Reality, Tues. Nov. 16 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.*
    Hear from two seasoned veterans of the children’s publishing world: author Peter Mandel and illustrator Susan Spellman.  Click here for more information and register for this in-person event.*
  • A Debut Novelist’s Rocky Road to Publication, Tues. Dec. 7 at 7:00 p.m.*
    Writer Randy Ross pitched his debut novel to 110 agents and 5 small presses before receiving an offer. He will share tips learned the hard way about approaching agents and negotiating a contract.  Click here for more information and register for this in-person event.*

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.

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!) Visit the Regional Lounges to  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 Area
United States :: Massachusetts :: Norfolk/Bristol Counties
United States :: Massachusetts :: North Shore (there is also a conventional forum here)
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.

***Asterisked books were purchased as part of 2019’s 10 Year Anniversary extravaganza.

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

***Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, and Why You Should
Gaughran, David
808 GAU

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

***Writing Monsters: How To Craft Believably Terrifying Creatures To Enhance Your Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction
Athans, Philip
808.02 ATH

***Good Naked: Reflections On How To Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier
Cole, Joni B.
808.02 COL

***Take Off Your Pants! Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing
Hawker, Libbie
808.02 HAW

***How To Be a Writer In the E-Age: A Self-Help Guide
Hyde, Catherine Ryan
808.02 HYD

***Chance Particulars: A Writer’s Field Notebook for Travelers, Bloggers, Essayists, Memoirists, Novelists, Journalists, Adventurers, Naturalists, Sketchers, and Other Note-takers and Recorders of Life
Taber, Sara Mansfield
808.02 TAB

***DIY MFA
Pereira, Gabriela
808.02 PER

***The Story grid: What Good Editors Know
Coyne, Shawn
808.027 COY

***Keys To Great Writing
Wilbers, Stephen
808.042 WIL

***Writing Voice: The Complete Guide To Creating a Presence On the Page and Engaging Readers
808.042 WRI

***Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults
Klein, Cheryl B.
808.068 KLE

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

***The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing: Everything You Need To Know To Create & Sell Your Work
808.3 COM

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

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

***Damn Fine Story: Mastering the Tools of a Powerful Narrative
Wendig, Chuck
808.3 WEN

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

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

***Ryan Higa’s How To Write Good
Higa, Ryan
Y B HIGA, RYAN

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!

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