Come Write In with National Novel Writing Month

It’s here. It’s finally here.

Gather, my children, and you shall hear Of the greatest and most ridiculous writing event of the year.

National Novel Writing Month is based on the idea that it’s possible to write an entire novel of a minimum of 50,000 words in a single month, and more than that, that it’s fun! You can write about anything you want as long as it’s fictional and it’s all part of the same plot – or you can go rogue and write ten 5,000-word short stories, or fifty 1,000-word essays, or 50,000 one-word poems. Pretty much anything goes.

On the NaNoWriMo (Nan-No-Rye-Moe) website, you can set up your novel, track your word count progress, earn cool badges, hang out on the forums with other new and experienced Nano-ers, and join a local region!

The Baton rouge area’s home to the Red Stick Wrimos, and the lovely people who claim membership there will be happy to show you the ropes and get you settled in to your first NaNo experience. Home regions also do word wars with other NaNo groups, in which the group that writes the most words in the shortest amount of time wins bragging rights.

The library is here to help! We’ve got an infoguide full of resources for local writers, and we’re planning no fewer than ten write-in events at three of our branches. If you need some inspiration or want some company, join your fellow writers for a concentrated writing session to up your word count and push through writer’s block.

It is often said that everyone has at least one book inside of them. Take this opportunity to find out what yours is about!

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