Tuesday, November 12, 2013

It's the season to be a writer!

Mount Holyoke is filled with writers, be they accomplished professors, secret journalers or *ahem* awkward LITS bloggers. One such writer from our community, Jacqueline Abelson (’16) had her first novel, Hear, published last year. Inspired by the real story of a woman with tumors on her auditory nerves, Abelson began writing her fiction novel as a high school student. After three years of editing and re-writing, her book was published with CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. You can find her book at the Odyssey Bookshop, and it's coming soon to the Staff Picks table in the Reading Room.
If you, like Abelson, are a writer and would like to get your work published, November might just be the perfect month for you. While the days might be getting unbearably short and the weather bitterly unproductive, November actually has a literary perk. It's NaNoWriMo a.k.a. National Novel Writing Month.

Ever thought you have an inner Stephen King? A bestseller in the left corner of your brain? But you just don't have the time or the inspirational climate to actually write? Well, NaNoWriMo feels you. "A fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing," NaNoWriMo encourages people to make their imaginary novels real books. Participants work through November to write a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30.

The NaNoWriMo logo

So, just seize the month and get writing! What's more, you'll have a support group of writers from around the world who, like you, will be breaking their temples on their keyboards, pausing for far too many coffee breaks, and spending three hours debating which character to kill off.

To register for NaNoWriMo, go to http://nanowrimo.org/ and join thousands in going writing-crazy. And if you need help finding your first sentence, check out the nifty Creative Writing Research Guide, put together by the LITS staff.

***Words of encouragement, frequently confused for a "Fun Fact":  The Night Circus, a NY Times bestseller by Erin Morgenstern, was once a NaNoWriMo baby.

Photo credits:
Hear: goodreads.com
NaNoWrimo Shield: nonowrimo.org

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