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50,000 words, 30 days

Friday, November 9, 2012

Spencer Library opens doors to NaNoWriMo

November is National Novel Writing Month, and the Spencer Library is joining in. In addition to three of its staff members attempting the challenge, the library has registered as a Community Partner with the organization.

The challenge of NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. The novel can be previously outlined, or it can be picked up from last year's novel, so long as the author hasn't written towards it since November 30 of the previous year.

Finishing the challenge requires writing about 3,500 words each day, and will result in a 175-page novel.

"We're registered on the website as a writing support center," Spencer Library Director Mandie Roberts said.

"We've got a few people coming in to write," Roberts said. "We'd love to have more."

Last year, 256,618 aspiring authors signed up to write online. 36,843 participants ended the month with a completed book.

"I think if you finish, you get a T-shirt," Roberts said.

In addition to a quiet place to write, the library also offers comfortable seating for long hours of writing, as well as free coffee and wireless Internet.

"The coffee has been great, for more than just the writers," Roberts said at Wednesday night's library board meeting. "People have come to the library to have a cup of coffee and read the newspaper, and then find their way over to the books."

The library also has a series of writing prompts available, individually folded into origami animals. As the prompts are picked up, they will be replenished with new ideas.

The library hosted a kick-off event for NaNoWriMo writers. They have a "progress-check" event planned for November 13, where writers can enjoy refreshments and also find additional writing prompts.

At the end of the month, to celebrate the hard work all of the participants have put into their novels, the library will host a "Thank Goodness It's Over" party. This party is scheduled for Dec. 3 at 5 p.m.

Several NaNoWriMo projects have gone on to become published. Some of the more notable titles include Erin Morgenstern's "The Night Circus," and Sara Gruen's "Water for Elephants."

A display of published NaNoWriMo books is available at the library.



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