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Word-count Wednesday #3

Hello fellow writers!

We’ve reached that middle stretch of Nanowrimo, and November. Today’s word count goal is 25,00 words, and for once I am still ahead of schedule at 29,584 words. But regardless of whether you have reached the halfway point in your novel and written around 25,000 words or if you just have a couple thousand written you should be proud of yourself.

But beware, we’ve also reached the point where sometimes the magic fades from your story, where you start to wonder why you are trying to finish this story and whether you should give up and write something else… Guess what? You’re not alone, and even authors like John Green face these sorts of doubts:

At this point, you’ve probably realized that it’s nearly impossible to write a good book in a month. I’ve been at this a while and have yet to write a book in less than three years. All of us harbor secret hopes that a magnificent novel will tumble out of the sky and appear on our screens, but almost universally, writing is hard, slow, and totally unglamorous. So why finish what you’ve started? Because in two weeks, when you are done, you will be grateful for the experience. (John Green 2010 Pep Talk)

Keep your chins up everyone and let’s keep at it!

~aw

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Word-count Wednesday #2

Hello fellow writers!
Today’s target word count is 13,333 words! That’s over a quarter of the way through your novel. Unlike last year I am ahead of schedule at 16,826 words due mostly to a wonderful Write-In that I attended at the Carol Stream Public Library. Sometimes all you need is a little encouragement whether that be to offer yourself little treats for any accomplishment or to challenge others to see who can write the most!

But no matter where you are just remember that the important thing is to keep writing! Just don’t give up, no matter how much you write you will have accomplished something amazing by the end of the month. There are some strategies that can help you bulk up your word count if you need an extra push:
Word Sprints: A word sprint is a timed writing challenge: set a timer, open up your draft, then race against the clock to add words to your novel. You can either challenge yourself or if you’re better spurred on by competition like me you can join a group word sprint. The personal word sprint option on the website also offers dare such as “Give a minor character a backstory” if you need inspiration. Check it out here!
Dares: A dare challenges you to include new things in your writing, and is a great way to gain an extra bit of inspiration even if they often verge on the ridiculous. You can check out all the dares and tips from other writers at http://nanowrimo.org/forums/reaching-50-000
Good luck with your writing this week and remember we can do this!

~aw

Word-count Wednesday #1

It is officially the first day of  National Novel Writing Month (also known as Nanowrimo)! At http://nanowrimo.org/ you can sign up, and track your word count as you tackle the challenge of writing 50,000 words (a novel!) during November. This might sound a bit crazy but you will not be alone, there are regions (http://nanowrimo.org/regions) that have libraries and coffee shops that hosting write-ins where you can gather and write in a group, and forums (http://nanowrimo.org/forums) that have writing tips and prompts. My personal favorite is ‘Nanowrimo Ate My Soul’ which is excellent when you are struggling with the next couple hundred words. Also, all throughout the month of November, I will be attempting Nanowrimo right alongside you, and I will post weekly ‘Word-count Wednesday’ updates.
Today’s word count is 900 words. I am a little behind (the daily word goal is 1,667 words) but the day isn’t over and this is only the first day!

So let’s not get discouraged! We can write 50,000 words, we just have to start and make a habit of writing every day. Let me know how far into your novel you are, and I will check back in next Wednesday.

~aw

National Novel Writing Month

Have you ever wanted to write a book? Well you’re in luck! November is National Novel Writing Month (also known as Nanowrimo). The challenge is to write 50,000 words during the month of November. The goal of this challenge is to encourage writing! You do not need to make your story perfect on the first draft, and Nanowrimo is about writing your first draft, defeating writer’s block and ignoring your ‘inner editor’. To learn more about Nanowrimo and to sign up you can visit: http://nanowrimo.org/

Every Wednesday you can check in here, and see how the librarian is doing with her novel.

Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.

For information about writing including tips you can check out previous Nanowrimo pep talks, and books at the library (click here)!

Oh my gourd, It’s National Pumpkin Day!

That’s right, October 26th is National Pumpkin Day. In a month filled with pumpkin spice treats, and jack-o-lanterns today is the day that we celebrate pumpkins. Some clever staff members have decorated pumpkins that you can see at the Bartlett Public Library on the shelves near the circulation desk! Check them out if you stop by!

pumpkins

ALA’s Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament

The American Library Association is inviting people to speak out again censorship during Banned Books Week by tweeting pictures of themselves with banned books for a chance to win prizes!

Tweet any of the following action items using the hashtag #RebelReader during Banned Books Week (September 24-30) for a chance to win an array of literary prizes.Twitter Rebel Reader

You can find more information about the contest as well as the official rules at: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/bannedbooksweek/rebelreader

On this Day: August 23rd

On this day in 1814, first lady Dolley Madison saves a portrait of George Washington from being looted by British troops during the war of 1812.

According to the White House Historical Society and Dolley’s personal letters, President James Madison left the White House on August 22 to meet with his generals on the battlefield, as British troops threatened to enter the capitol…Dolley wrote to her sister on the night of August 23 that a friend who came to help her escape was exasperated at her insistence on saving the portrait. Since the painting was screwed to the wall she ordered the frame to be broken and the canvas pulled out and rolled up. Two unidentified “gentlemen from New York” hustled it away for safe-keeping. (Unbeknownst to Dolley, the portrait was actually a copy of Gilbert Stuart’s original). http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/dolley-madison-saves-portrait-from-british

The picture above shows the copy of the painting that Dolley Madison saved on the left, and the original painting which can still be seen in the National Portrait Gallery on the right.

You can learn more about Dolley Madison by checking out a biography, Juvenile Biography section jBiog. Madison.