Have you been hearing your friends speaking gibberish? Perhaps the phrase NaNoWriMo’s been floating around? No, it’s not newspeak; it’s short for National Novel Writing Month which occurs—you guessed it, annually—and in the month of November, which is this month.
Write a novel in a month, you question? Impossible, you declare? Not totally. Zora Neale Hurston wrote “Their Eyes Were Watching God” in just seven weeks. Okay, a little more than a month, but still: an incredible book in an incredibly short length of time. But still not fast enough for you? Well, what if we told you that Jack Kerouac wrote “On the Road” in just three weeks—that’s less than a month! It is said that Kerouac taped sheets of paper together into a long strip, so he didn’t have to stop typing to reload his typewriter. But November is already here, you say? And there’s not even a month left. Well how about this, friend? Paulo Coelho wrote “The Alchemist” in just two weeks! That’s right, “The Alchemist” which has been translated into 80 different languages and has sold over 65 million copies, was written in just two weeks!
Are you up for the challenge? We here at CCPL have compiled a list of books to help you get started. From crafting the perfect novel to making realistic characters, from writing the perfect SciFi novel, to getting down into the nitty-gritty on detective fiction, we’ve got you covered. And, if you’re struggling to get started, we’ve even got some books below to help spur your creative impulses with writing exercises from top writers and teachers.
So check out these titles, place a hold, cruise on through Curbside Pickup and begin your NaNoWriMo adventure today.