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Get writing right away – November is National Novel Writing Month


Have you ever had the feeling that you could be the author of the next great novel, if only you took the time to sit down and write it? Maybe you have drafts upon drafts of prose sitting in a folder, waiting to be completed. Or maybe you’ve yet to get a single word down in writing. If you need some motivation to help become a novelist, you might want to try NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month. In November, you can join fledgling authors everywhere and take on the challenge of writing 50,000 words (which is around the size of a novel) in just a month. You might produce a decent first draft of a book, or you might end up with a lot of editing to do. But with an emphasis on quantity rather than quality, the challenge is a way to push past writers' block and self doubts in order to simply write.

The library has plenty of resources to help you plan and work on your writing, a sampling of which can be found below. Here at the Ruth E. Dickinson branch we also have a monthly program where you can meet with other writers to share your work. The next gathering of the Barrhaven Writers’ Circle will be on November 7th, which means you could have a week’s worth of material from your novel to share if you’ve joined NaNoWriMo (but feel free to bring in poetry, short stories, song lyrics, or any other writing instead).

There are thousands of stories within the Ottawa Public Library’s collection, but every one of our authors had to start somewhere. If you’re dreaming of becoming a novelist yourself, the right time to start might be now.

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Resources to get you through a month of writing your own novel! (Includes workbooks and writing theory as well as fiction featuring fellow struggling authors.)