Nanowrimo 2011 – You can write a novel in November

Nanowrimo founder Chris Baty’s book No plot? No problem!: a low-stress, high-velocity guide to writing a novel in 30 days describes how write a 50,000 word first-draft of your novel in a very short time span – only 30 days, to be exact.

Last year, 45 people in the Topeka area “won” National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo), meaning they successfuly wrote 50,000 words in 30 days. Obviously, this is a HUGE goal and a BRIEF time span. That is part of the challenge. And that fact that people all over the community, the country and the world are taking part during the month of November –that is part of the fun.

The annual local Kickoff Event is Monday, October 24 from 7-8 pm in Marvin Auditorium Room 101BC. If you can’t attend, many of the resources are provided online here.

Sign up online at Set your home region to “Kansas :: Topeka” and find out more about local events in the forums for our region.

Print your own handouts!

Nanowrimo 2011 Calendar and Tracking Devicing (1 page PDF)

The Month-long Novelist Agreement and Statement of Understanding (1 page PDF)

The Two Magna Cartas of Novel Writing (1 page PDF)

Novel Emergency Matrix (1 page PDF)

TheRandomizerNovelRescueCompanion (1 page PDF)

30 Days of Prewriting   by D. L. Rose

Facebook group for Topeka Wrimos

In it to win it?

As a librarian here at TSCPL, I’ve been leading the local Nanowrimo group since 2004. I absolutely love that this event is one that everyone can win. And the more that we all encourage each other, the more likely it is that more people will reach their word count goals in November.

I would be the first to admit, it is kind of crazy to try to write an entire draft of a first novel in 30 days. But that said, I’ve done it each of the previous eight years and I highly recommend it as a creative rush. Join us this year and by December 1, you’ll be able to say “I wrote a novel!”




Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, Community Novel Project leader, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.