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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

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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

Time to Vote!

It’s time to vote for the Monarch, Bluestem, and Rebecca Caudill awards. These are awards where the books are chosen by student’s votes. The Monarch Award is Illinois’ Reader’s Choice Award for Kindergarten through Third Grade. The Bluestem Award is Illinois’ Reader’s Choice Award for Grades Third through Fifth. The Rebecca Caudill Award is Illinois’ Reader’s Choice Award for Grades Fourth through Eighth. You can pick up a ballot and vote for your favorites by stopping by the Youth Services desk or by checking the Bluestem and Rebecca Caudill shelves.

bluestemlogo monarch-logo

Readers’ Choice Award logos by Illinois School Library Media Association.

New Shelf Displays!

We like to keep things interesting at the library, and to make it easier for everyone to find something to read. We recently changed the displays at the end of our shelves to highlight all of the different genres of fiction.

Each shelf has a book picked out by one of our librarians: Adventure, Animals Stories, Classics, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Horror, Humor, Mystery, Science Fiction, Sports Stories, and Thrillers & Suspense. Check it out next time you’re in the library, and if you’re looking for even more suggestions please ask anyone at the desk!

Goodreads Choice Awards

The votes have been counted and the Goodreads Choice Award for Middle Grade & Children’s fiction 2016  goes to The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan!

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

The Hidden Oracle received 46,348 votes , and the runner-up, Pax by Sara Pennypacker, received only 17,372 votes. Check out the other runner-ups, and the vote totals by clicking here. Have you read The Hidden Oracle? You can borrow it from the library, along with Rick Riordan’s other books such as the Percy Jackson series. Don’t agree with the outcome? What was your favorite book of 2016?

Word-count Wednesday #2

Hello fellow writers!
Today’s target word count is 15,000 words! That’s over a quarter of the way through your novel. If you’re caught up or even ahead of schedule congratulations! If you’re behind I want you to know that you’re not alone, as of right now I am at 12,754 words, and to not be discouraged. Sometimes life throws obstacles in your way, and you need to spend time doing other things like homework and that is alright. Just keep chipping away and writing whenever you can, no matter how far you get you’ll have created something amazing at the end of the month. The author of the Bartimaeus trilogy and the Lockwood and Company series, Jonathan Stroud perfectly summed up the magic of what we can accomplish this month:

Alchemists tried for centuries to turn base metals into gold. Every time we sit down and put words on paper, we succeed where they failed. We’re conjuring something out of nothing. (Jonathan Stroud 2008 Pep Talk)

Of course, there are also some strategies that you can use to bulk up your word count if you’re trying to catch up or get ahead:
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!

Word-count Wednesday #1

As you may have heard November is 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.

 
This week’s word count is 392 words. So clearly I am already a little bit behind (the daily goal is 1,667 words) but never fear this is only the beginning!
Rainbow Rowell started writing Fangirl during Nanowrimo and in her 2013 pep talk (which you can read in its entirety HERE) she wrote:

I kept almost every word I wrote during NaNoWriMo. That 50,000-word pile I made wasn’t a mess at all. It’s some of the bravest writing I’ve ever done…NaNoWriMo helped me push past so many of my doubts and insecurities and bad habits. And I think that’s partly why I love Fangirl so much now—because I remember how swept away I felt when I was writing it.

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.