Write a Novel this November

With the support of community, caffeine and stickers aspiring fiction writers will each write 50,000 words in November. Since 2004, the library has supported local writing events around National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). We offer workshops and write-ins for what is generally considered a solitary pursuit: fiction writing. The Topeka Wrimos are an active and encouraging group. Many experienced writers are willing to share tips and tricks for reaching the 50,000 word goal during November.

National Novel Writing Month Writer

How to Write a Novel in 30 Days with NaNoWriMo

Mon, Oct 28, 2019 | 6:30-8:30pm | Marvin Auditorium
Get fun and helpful advice from former participants. We’ll also have official stickers from NaNoWriMo headquarters and other inspiring goodies to power you through the month.

Online forums support writers connecting around town or around the globe. Sign up at nanowrimo.org and join the Topeka region. Attending a local meeting including library events is the only way to acquire the coveted “official sticker” for 2019. If you can’t attend the kickoff event, find more library resources and sign in to nanowrimo.org to learn more about the Topeka region.

Fiction Writing: Come Write In

We’re continuing our long tradition of hosting Sunday afternoon Write-Ins this November. Bring a laptop or notebook and add to your word count in the company of other writers. Meet us in the Menninger Room 1-5pm every Sunday in November.

“NaNoWriMo gives writers the impetus to overcome creative obstacles, dive into their imaginations, and finally start writing the novel of their dreams. With the goal of making your creativity a priority for a month, NaNoWriMo not only teaches valuable approaches to the creative process, but critical habits to becoming a successful writer. Being a novelist is a matter of keeping at it, putting one word after the other day after day. You can’t wait for the muse to come to you—you have to create your own muse. We want everyone to be able to tell their story, to trust in the beauty of their muse,” said Executive Director of NaNoWriMo Grant Faulkner.

NaNoWriMo Background

NaNoWriMo logoNaNoWriMo started in 1999, when founder Chris Baty invited 20 friends to join him on a bold creative venture: to write 50,000 words of a novel in one month. Since then, those 20 friends have grown into a global community of writers who write together in various ways. Check out these NaNoWriMo facts::

  • More than 3 million writers have come from more than 200 countries and written on all seven continents (yes, including Antarctica).
  • 24,806,635,218 words have been recorded on the NaNoWriMo website (a truly incredible number that doesn’t include the many novels that go unrecorded).
  • Thousands of novels have been published, both traditionally and self-published. Those novels include many bestselling works, such as:

NaNoWriMo has always been about the magic of creative empowerment. After the first NaNoWriMo in 1999, Chris Baty said, “My sense of what was possible for myself, and those around me, was forever changed. If my friends and I could write passable novels in a month, I knew anyone could do it.”

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book discussion leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She loves her kids, being a librarian, living in Topeka, and helping people form connections and community. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed the audiobook of "Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc." by Jeff Tweedy, which a library customer recommended to her.