As November ushers forth, so does every aspiring writer's favorite (or most dreaded) pastime, NaNoWriMo! NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and lasts the whole month of November. The goal: write a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. The prize: the immense satisfaction of having accomplished a monumental feat in only 30 days. Okay-- so there's no monetary reward, but being able to cross 'write a novel' off of your bucket list should leave you feeling exuberant for weeks.
In preparation for the month-long writing event, the Entertainment, Literature & Biography department has brought together some of the most popular and inspirational writing books that a person could wish for. Learn to sharpen your own skills with books on character development and narrative design, or get inspired by conversations with writers about their craft. In addition to our in-house display, we've created this tailored list of books designed to support you on your month-long journey.
And if you're in need of a little more encouragement, check out the NaNoWrimo website which includes various tips, strategies, and pep talks to walk you through the month. The 2017 pep talk from author Roxanne Gay is an especially empowering read, whether you're participating in NaNoWrimo or not.