by Ann B.
Have you ever thought of being a writer? Dreamed of someday putting your stories on a page? Do you have a story to tell? Either science fiction or historical fiction? Maybe a creepy horror novel or a western centered in the Southwest? Maybe a memoir? If you’ve ever wanted to write a story or just take a stab at getting down your ideas, November is the perfect month for you.
It’s NaNoWriMo time! National Novel Writing Month (https://nanowrimo.org/). Started over 20 years ago, the goal of NaNoWriMo participants is to write 50,000 words in one month. It breaks down to 1666 words per day. If you reach the goal, you win! The NaNoWriMo community is very encouraging and helpful if you desire to put some ink on the page . . . or print on the paper . . . or text on the screen.
If you need a kick in the pants to get started, NaNoWriMo can help. If you’re the kind of person who needs or wants a specific goal in a specific time frame, you’ll find compatriots there as well. The library is a good place to help with your research or your inspiration. A good place to break that writer’s block or simply find a starting point.
The following titles are just a small sample of the resources available through the library to inspire you or get you through that rough writing patch.
Crime writers reference guide by Martin Roth
How to write romances by Phyllis Taylor Pianka
Writing historical fiction: a writers’ and artists’ companion by Celia Brayfield
Wild words: rituals, routines, and rhythms for braving the writer’s path by Nicole Gulotta
Wild mind: living the writer’s life by Natalie Goldberg
Architecture of the Novel: a Writer’s Handbook by Jane Vandenburgh
Write!: Find the Truth in Your Fiction by Gerald DiPego
Elements of fiction by Walter Mosley
Write every day: a year of daily writing prompts by J.M. Snyder
The elements of style by William Strunk & E.B. White
Writing down the bones: freeing the writer within by Natalie Goldberg
On writing: a memoir of the craft by Stephen King
The liar’s bible: a good book for fiction writers by Lawrence Block
The way of the writer: reflections on the art and craft of storytelling by Charles Johnson
Bird by bird: some instructions on writing and life by Anne Lamott
Telling true stories: navigating the challenges of writing narrative non-fiction by Matthew Ricketson