“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time.”
– Leonard Bernstein
National Novel Writing Month (or ‘NaNoWriMo’) is a free international event during which very brave (or mildly insane) participants take the kamikaze approach to novel-writing, and make a valiant attempt to write a 50,000 word novel within the 30 days of November.
This year, Macquarie University Library is supporting NaNoWriMo participants by being a part of the ‘Come Write In!’ Program. Come Write In connects public spaces like libraries, bookstores and cafes to a community of writers, to create a supportive writing environment and encourage each other to increase productivity and creativity.
If you are one of those people who thought they’d get around to writing a novel ‘one day’, then NaNoWriMo is the event for you. It’s a fun and fantastic goal to set for yourself, with the potential satisfaction of a finished first draft manuscript at the end of it. The best thing about NaNoWriMo is that it unabashedly values quantity over quality, so you can lock up your Inner Editor and there’s no need to stress about the artistic value of your prose. You can edit it in December – just get it done!
NaNoWriMo can be valuable for procrastinators of all stripes at this busy time of the year.
- Are you an academic putting off writing a paper?
- Are you a student avoiding the start of an important essay?
Getting started is the hardest part, and NaNoWriMo’s online word-count trackers and community of encouraging writers are there to crack the whip and get you going!
The Library will be providing a small group writing space in the Exhibition Area (on your right as you enter the building on the ground floor). We hope to see dedicated writers scribbling away or tapping furiously on laptops during the month of November. You may even catch a library staff member or two in there as well.
The Library has plenty of creative writing resources, so you can prepare for a month of marathon novel-writing by finding what you need in MultiSearch. You can also follow the Library on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for a weekly dose of writing inspiration and encouragement.
NaNoWriMo begins on the 1st of November. To find out more about the event and to sign up you can visit www.nanowrimo.org.