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Write a Novel at Your Library
Every story matters. Let's start writing yours!
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel during the thirty days of November. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand-new novel.
Writers, both new and published, hype you during the process so you’re never alone during your creative endeavor.
Think it sounds a bit lonely?
The library can help!
We are hosting multiple Come Write Ins throughout the month. You can drop in and work on your next novel with other NaNoWriMo writers. We'll provide space, library resources, and some NaNoWriMo swag!
- The Lakeview Branch will be hosting on Wednesdays in November from 6-7:30pm for all ages of writers.
- The Montclair Branch will be hosting on Wednesdays in November from 6-7:30pm for all ages of writers.
- The Main Library will be hosting on Mondays in November from 12-1:30pm (except for Veteran's Day) for all ages of writers.
- The Rockridge Branch will be hosting on Saturdays from 10am-12pm and Tuesdays from 6-8pm in November for adult writers.
- The Piedmont Avenue Branch will be hosting on Tuesdays in November from 4-8pm for all ages of writers.
- The Piedmont Avenue Branch has a special time for kids in grade k-5 to get guidance with their writing on Tuesdays from 4-5pm in November.
Want some help getting started?
We have a variety of writing resources to help you.
NaNoWriMo, the organization, has published some books that are great tools for getting started. Click the cover to see the title in our catalog.
There are plenty of other books to help you along this journey, as well, that you can find at the library.
And for young writers too:
What do I do with this novel once I'm done?
On our new platform, Biblioboard, you can create, share, and discover!
Submit your eBook to the Indie Author Project to have it showcased in the Indie California Statewide Collection while retaining all rights to your work. Readers across the state can discover your work with the potential for national exposure if selected for Library Journal’s IAP Select Collection.
If you need a bit of help, you can create and professionally format books, poetry, novels, and any other written content into digital, ready to print formats with Pressbooks.
Need some inspiration?
There have been many well-known published novels written during NaNoWriMo. Here are some, to get you inspired! Click the cover to see the title in our catalog in all formats.
“Even if you’re an outliner, leave room for the unexpected things to sneak in. Surprises are half the fun, the spontaneous road trips through tangents and subplots. They might end up being more important than you think. And if they’re not, you can always edit them out after November. No one has to know so for now, for this glorious November, you can do whatever you please. It’s your world to create and explore and even destroy if you want.” - Erin Morgenstern
"During NaNoWriMo, I never left the world of the book long enough to lose momentum. I stayed immersed in the story all month long, and that made everything come so much smoother than usual. I got a much quicker grasp on the main characters and their voices. The plotlines shot forward…” - Rainbow Rowell
“[NaNoWriMo] forces you to silence that internal editor and just get something written. If you’re telling yourself that it’s OK to be writing something bad because you can always come back and fix it later, it takes a lot of the pressure off.” - Marissa Meyer
Check out many more pep talks from amazing authors right here!
Ready to go?
November is nearly here, so start your coffee brewing, crack open those laptops or notebooks, and join us in this creative journey of novel-writing.