Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.
Halloween is coming, and with it come goblins and ghosties, banshees and beasties, and, of course, the scariest monster of all: midnight, November 1st, and the blank page that you must fill with 50,000 words before the month ends.
National Novel Writing Month, known as NaNoWriMo to its friends and acolytes, is a yearly writing challenge that encourages you to finally write that book you’ve always dreamed of but have never quite gotten around to. Stuck for ideas? Don’t know your main character’s motivation (or name)? No plot? No problem. Pantsers, planners, those who have never written a word in their life, authors with 20 books to their name: all are welcome to join the fun and insanity of trying to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. Find out more about this free event here.
On Cape Cod, we’re lucky enough to have a fantastic Municipal Liaison who coordinates events and get-togethers for all participants on the right side of the bridge. Lori, known as Flyleaf on the boards, writes, “We believe in the power of story and the mutual benefit found in coming together as a community to create. It doesn’t matter if you’re an established author or a brand new hobbyist, NaNoWriMo is about telling your story and encouraging others to do the same. The month of November is a challenge, yes, but it’s also fun. We’re a rambunctious group of varying skill levels who love writing and stories and connecting with others who share the same passion.”
Lori has compiled an impressive calendar of events consisting of the annual Kick Off Party this Wednesday, October 28th; write-ins where you can get together with fellow madpeople and compete for the highest word count; and, of course, the Thank God It’s Over Party on Wednesday, December 9th, open to all survivors. Come Write Ins are also being hosted at the Marstons Mills and West and South Yarmouth libraries throughout the month. Check out the Cape Cod region page on the NaNoWriMo site to peruse the calendar, meet fellow Cape writers, and RSVP for events.
The Cotuit Library will also be holding an open mic NaNoWriMo reading on Saturday, November 14th, with snacks and wine served. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Know of any other events we’ve left out? Have a question or concern? Just want to say hi? Comment on this page or send us an email at email@example.com. We’d love to hear from Cape Cod Writers Center members who are interested in participating in this fun, crazy, and inspiring challenge.