NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is an annual challenge for would be authors to sit down and write. Every November, participants work to try and complete a novel of at least 50,000 words.
If you've always wanted to try your luck at penning the next great American novel, you can create an account and track your progress on the official website: www.nanowrimo.org
Or visit the site for younger novelists: ywp.nanowrimo.org
This November, Carnegie-Stout has reserved a table on the quiet second floor near the newspapers for NaNoWriMo participants. We've also pulled together a collection of books with help for writers located on a small purple cart next to the official table.
And in case you need a little inspiration, several NaNoWriMo participants have gone on to have their novels published! Including Sara Gruen and Erin Morgenstern (click here for a staff review of The Night Circus). Of course, you shouldn't stress about having a publication ready novel on your first draft! That's why March is NaNoEdMo (Nation Novel Editing Month).