By Janelle Yahne
I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story. —Edith Wharton in Ethan Frome
Today marks day one of National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo in Internet speak)! It is the first of many days (more specifically, 30) in which a couple hundred thousand participates will begin to write a not-so great 50,000 word novel. The expectation is to write a bit more of a fictional novel every day without any major edits or revisions. It is a great challenge for any writer or a person wanting to try something a bit different. I know a few people who are taking up the challenge, but our blog is going to try something a little bit different: a blog post a day!
This month we want to try something new in honor of NaNoWriMo. No, we are not attempting to write 50,000 words in blog format, though I am sure there are a few out there that do this all the time. Instead, we will be posting to our blog daily a little bit of a hodgepodge. Quotes, book reviews, movie reviews, college activities, and almost anything else might appear in our blog. This will make for an entertaining month.
If you want to participate in NaNoWriMo, go to their website and create an account. The reward for completing this amazing event is the knowledge that you have written a novel. Or at least part of a novel or some other stream of consciousness style of writing. Either way, enjoy the writing holiday!
Even if you are not planning on participating in the writing project, check out this selection of titles the library has on the craft of writing, style, grammar, and a whole lot more:
- The Classic Guide to Better Writing by Rudolf Flesch and A.H. Lass
- Eats, Shoots & Leaves : The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
- Ernest Hemingway on Writing edited by Larry W. Phillips
- The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to Writers by Betsy Lerner.
- How to Write Killer Fiction: The Funhouse of Mystery & the Roller Coaster of Suspense by Carolyn Wheat
- How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card
- On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
- Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman’s Guide to Igniting the Writer Within, by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett
- Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose by Constance Hale
- The Spooky Art: Some Thoughts on Writing by Norman Mailer
- Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot That Grips Readers from Start to Finish by James Scott Bel