Monthly Books are displayed on the 1st floor of Willis Library. 


November is National Novel Writing Month

Each November, aspiring and established writers participate in an event called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) where they write 50,000 words before the end of the month. That amounts to 1,667 words per day! The reason behind writing so many words per day is to help writers finish an initial rough draft, since 50,000 words is the minimum word count for a piece of writing to qualify as a novel. 

As every writer knows, excessive self-critcism can often get you stuck in a rut. NaNoWriMo emphasizes quantity over quality: its purpose is not for writers to focus on creating a perfect first draft, but a draft in general. The beauty of NaNoWriMo is not just that it helps thousands of people overcome their writing obstacles, but that it also fosters community among writers since they have a unified goal and understand the unique challenges that writing poses. 

If you're considering participating in NaNoWriMo, check out the official NaNoWriMo website, where you can create a writing profile, announce your novel, and talk to other writers in the forums. For resources on how to begin your project or improve your writing, visit the Monthly Books Display on the 1st floor of Willis Library. Even if you aren't participating in NaNoWriMo and simply want to learn more about the writing process, you'll find plenty of books to help you develop your craft!

"Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite — getting something down." - Julia Cameron
See the full list of titles on display this month.


The Elements of Style     Essays from Where Writing and Life Collide     Careers for Writers and Others Who Have a Way with Words     The Broadview Guide to Writing     The Fiction Writer's Toolkit

Awaken the Writer Within     Creative Writing     Let the Crazy Child Write!     Naving the Unnamable     The Future for Creative Writing

Available at the Media Library

Stranger than Fiction     Dreams with Sharp Teeth     Sunset Boulevard     Midnight in Paris     Misery