What is NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month at the South Sioux City Public Library

Have you ever wanted to have something in common with successful and talented authors like Marissa Meyers or Scott Westerfield? Do books like Water for Elephants or Fangirl inspire you and make you dream of writing your own book? Join us at the South Sioux City public library during the month of November for NaNoWriMo and you will be on your way to achieving both of those dreams.

 National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo,, is the world’s largest writing event. It is a frantic, exciting (self) challenge to write the first draft of a novel in one month! It sounds like a lot to do, but by writing 1,667 words every day for 30 days, you’ll have written 50,000 words at the end!

NaNo is a non-profit organization that started in 1999. It encourages everyone who has ever wanted to write a book to do so and gives them a community of other people with the same dream.

It’s free to sign up, there are prizes if you “win,” and no repercussions if you don’t finish. By participating, you’re giving yourself permission to imagine the possibilities. Every word written is more than you had before.

The library will be hosting several “Write-Ins”; these events are free and open to anyone who wants to learn about NaNoWriMo and/or participate in NaNoWriMo. You can also come in and use a table or a study room or the café to sit and write during our open hours. During a write-in, people gather together and write. Sometimes there will be “sprints” or word wars. Please bring headphones if you want to listen to music while writing. Some people like writing in silence and some need noise.

You can sign up for NaNoWriMo through their website or if you prefer to do the event without being “official” you can do that too.

It’s open to all ages!

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