National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO)
Many of us have a longing to write. Very few of us ever manage to realize the dream of the writer's life. This is the year, things could change for all of us. November is National Novel Writing Month. Register at this site and receive all of the support you'll need to get started.
While we're waiting for NANOWRIMO to begin, here are a few resources you might find helpful. Oh - and if you feel like tackling your writing project now, by all means, scribble away!
Over the years, I've read a lot of books on writing and getting published. My all-time favorite writing book is Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott. It is funny, insightful, and irreverent. What I most adore about this book is that it presents the reality of a writing life, which, in truth, seldom leads to publication and a life of glamour. Sorry, but there it is. Write anyway. As Ernest Hemingway said, "There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." Writing is its own reward. You might also enjoy watching this author in action on the DVD Bird by Bird with Annie: A Portrait of Writer Anne Lamott.
My next favorite book is On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King. From humble beginnings, Stephen King has risen to become one of the top horror writers. His memoir is compelling and filled with practical advice.
Are you a parent? Do you have a full-time job, but still have the urge to write? Try The Nighttime Novelist by Joseph Bates. Learn ways to squeeze in daily writing time and find the inspiration to finish your first project.
So maybe writing a novel isn't exactly your style, but you've lived an interesting life. Have you considered writing a memoir? I stumbled upon this author, Abigail Thomas, when I picked up her memoir, A Three Dog Life. I was thrilled to discover that she teaches writing classes and had also written a book on how to write memoir: Thinking About Memoir. She became a writer rather late in life - in her forties. So, for those of us who feel like we've missed our chance, think again.
How about trying some poetry? Two great books on writing poetry are Ted Kooser's The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets and Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words by Susan Wooldridge.
If you're looking for a place to mingle with other writers and learn about the writing craft, check out the Lighthouse Writers Workshop located here in Denver.
Here's to your new novel! Cheers!
All DPL locations will be closed November 27, and will close at 4 p.m. November 26. The Westwood Branch Library will be closed November 27-30. More...