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How to Write a Book in 30 Days


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  • New Story Chapter One on typewriter paper

Meghan, Queen's Square | October 2, 2017

Have you ever wanted to write a book? Sometimes, even if you know what kind of story you’d like to tell, it can be difficult to escape the demands of everyday life or the tyranny of one’s inner critic.  

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and it’s perfect time to make your dreams of being an author come true. During NaNoWriMo, writers of all stripes are invited to band together and write 50,000 words in 30 days, conquering the blank page with the power of imagination, peer pressure and caffeinated beverages.

Here at the Idea Exchange, we’re ushering in the festivities with a NaNoWriMo Boot Camp led by author Larry Brown on Sat. Oct. 21st. From 6 – 8pm on Nov. 1st, we’ll also be hosting a launch event at Queen’s Square, where you can meet your fellow authors and rev your engines for a month of fearless story-telling. There will be motivational write-in events at our library branches throughout the month of November, plus a Cover Art contest where you can apply to have an amazing book cover specially designed for your story.

Finally, on December 1st, from 6 – 8pm, we’ll wrap up this month of high-octane creativity with a Grand Finale celebration at our Queen’s Square location. At the Grand Finale, we’ll celebrate your writing success with cake and refreshments, award your special book covers and get ideas from a panel of experts on editing your work, getting published and keeping up your writing habit.

50,000 words in 30 days for NaNoWriMo seems like a lot, but if you break it down, it’s only an average of 1,667 words per day – some days you probably write that amount in texts and emails! You can totally do this. We’re here to help.

NaNoWriMo Kick-Off: Wednesday, November 1, 6:00-8:00pm, Queen's Square

Weekly Write-ins:

NaNoWriMo Finale Party: Friday, December 1, 6:00-8:00 pm, Queen's Square