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  • Writer's pictureMonique Gaddy


Updated: Apr 13, 2020

What is NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a worldwide event held every November to help encourage writers - and aspiring writers - to begin the daunting process of completing a novel. NaNoWriMo is also a non-profit organization which has spurred an amazing community of people that encourage each other to achieve their goals. The goal for each participant is to complete 50,000 words by the end of the month. While it may seem crazy to try to complete a novel in the span of one month, staying on track and writing every day is the main goal of this event. However, some determined writers have been able to complete their novels in this short amount of time.

Novels Written

Since it began in 1999, the NaNoWriMo movement has expanded to include hundreds of thousands of participants. Some successful writers have even produced published novels from the event, including the following books you can check out at our library. While I am only going to show off a few, many more books have been written during NaNoWriMo! You can find a brief list of NaNoWriMo titles here. What are your favorites?

This is Rainbow Rowell's third novel and is a contemporary young adult novel. Rowell talks about social anxiety, family, mental instability, romance, and being a fan-fiction writer.

Erin Morgenstern brings a fantastic magical journey to life in this beautifully written, circus-themed novel. There is also a movie in the works for this one!

One of the most popular books written during NaNoWriMo, Water for Elephants has been made into a movie and is a wonderful adventure featuring an array of subjects in a pivotal time period.

These three books from the Lunar Chronicles series are Young Adult novels that were written during NaNoWrimo and are also very popular titles that you can check out at the library. The novels revolve around the character Cinder, who is a mechanic and a cyborg. Enjoy the thrilling adventures of this series with your library card!

Community Involvement

Begin by joining the NaNoWriMo online community and then connect with local writers to further help support your novel creating efforts! In the Treasure Valley, Boise Public Library is holding writing events every Sunday. On your own, explore the hashtags #NaNoWriMo or #NaNoWriMo2019 on your favorite social media hubs to see what everyone is working on and find information for those getting involved with the process. Are you interested in starting up a local group? Or, do you know of anyone who is already hosting a local group meeting in Caldwell? Let us know and we can help spread the word, or book our Idaho Room this month to have your own writer’s meetup!

Library support

Caldwell Public Library supports your writing and reading endeavors. Come in to check out books written during this event or begin your writing journey at our location! The library provides free Wi-Fi for your devices, so you can come in and work independently on your novel, without a library card.

No device? You can use one of our laptops (in-house) and work wherever you want, or you can use one of our desktop computers. All you need is a library card to begin!

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