shield-nano-blue-brown-rgb-hiresNanowrimo, or, National Novel Writing Month, takes place every November. It invites people to sign up and write a novel – or at least 50,000 words – in one month.

There’s plenty of criticism thrown at Nanowrimo, for instance, that the unstructured write-a-thon churns out a whole lot of slop. Ideally, if you’re going to participate, you should have a novel outlined before November. Whether or not Nanowrimo helps you write a best-seller isn’t much the point, though – if you’re sitting down to write every night, with a goal of penning 50,000 words in one month, it doesn’t matter how awful your ‘novel’ is; what matters is that you’ve been writing consistently.

That said, it’s not like best-sellers and Hollywood movie-rights haven’t come out of Nanowrimo – check out the list.

You can write by yourself at home, or in a cob-webbed corner of your library’s forgotten attic, or you can find some Nanowrimo support:

  • The East Brunswick Public Library will have open write-ins every Monday throughout the month, from 6pm to 9pm in the Group Study Rooms. The library is also hosting an author discussion, “From Book Draft to Book Deal”, November 29th.
  • The Hunterdon County library system will host write-ins at both of its locations – Clinton and Fleming. Between both of these libraries, it’s difficult to find a day in November when there won’t be a Nanowrimo write-in in Hunterdon County. You’re going to want to call to reserve a seat for these events.
  • Nanowrimo Kick-off Party at the Hopewell Branch Library in Mercer County. You can find write-ins and critique groups here throughout the month, too.
  • The Princeton Writing Group will be at the Lawrenceville library for a kick-off event next Sunday, featuring Bill Patterson, Nanowrimo’s central NJ liaison.
  • The South Jersey Writers Group will be having a kick-off all their own in Pennsauken on November 1st.

To Nanowrimowriter

Or, Not To Nanowrimo.

Either way, a Pep Talk From Dave Eggers