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Get Ready for NaNoWriMo!

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November is NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month!

National Novel Writing Month - or #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.

Find out more at, and sign-up for an account to help track your progress over the course of November - and stop by Bookshop to check out our recommended resources and prep material.

Chipping away at those 50,000 words, but need a pep talk? Published authors believe in you:

No Plot? No Problem! Revised and Expanded Edition: A Low-stress, High-velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452124773
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 16th, 2014

Chris Baty, founder of the wildly successful literary marathon known as National Novel Writing Month, has completely revised and expanded his definitive handbook for extreme noveling.

Every writer knows that as rewarding as the creative process is, it can often be a bumpy road. Have hope and keep at it! Designed to kick-start creativity, this handsome handbook from the executive director of National Novel Writing Month gathers a wide range of insights and advice for writers at any stage of their career.

Improv for Writers: 10 Secrets to Help Novelists and Screenwriters Bypass Writer's Block and Generate Infinite Ideas Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399582035
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Published: Ten Speed Press - August 27th, 2019

Free yourself from writer’s block and inner critics with the creative power of improv!

First You Write a Sentence: The Elements of Reading, Writing . . . and Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143134343
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Published: Penguin Books - August 13th, 2019

“Do you want to write clearer, livelier prose? This witty primer will help.” The New York Times Book Review

An exploration of how the most ordinary words can be turned into verbal constellations of extraordinary grace through the art of building sentences

Write Your Novel in a Month: How to Complete a First Draft in 30 Days and What to Do Next Cover Image
ISBN: 9781599636429
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Published: Writer's Digest Books - July 18th, 2013

One of these days, I'm going to sit down and write that novel....

Ready, Set, Novel!: A Workbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452101729
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 5th, 2011

This writer's block-busting workbook guides authors through planning and plotting a novel before writing it from the initial idea generation and brainstorming through character, setting, and story development.

Make a Scene Revised and Expanded Edition: Writing a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time Cover Image
ISBN: 9781440351419
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Published: Writer's Digest Books - July 19th, 2017

The definitive guide to writing scenes--now revised and expanded

Scenes are the building blocks for any work of fiction--the DNA sequence that makes a novel un-put-downable and unforgettable. When writers are able to craft effective, engaging scenes, they can develop a complete, cohesive story--and a mesmerizing experience for readers.

The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master Cover Image
ISBN: 9781440525889
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Published: Adams Media - October 15th, 2011

When it comes to writing bestsellers, it's all about the plot. Trouble is, plot is where most writers fall down--but you don't have to be one of them.

Wild Words: Rituals, Routines, and Rhythms for Braving the Writer's Path Cover Image
ISBN: 9781611806656
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Published: Roost Books - October 15th, 2019

A guide for the next generation of writers—self-care rituals, creativity-generating rhythms, and personalized strategies for embracing a creative life.

Welcome to the Writer's Life: How to Design Your Writing Craft, Writing Business, Writing Practice, and Reading Practice Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632171511
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Published: Sasquatch Books - August 14th, 2018

Always wanted to be a writer? Stop wasting time and start your writing life today!

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Embrace Your Weird: Face Your Fears and Unleash Creativity Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982113223
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Published: Gallery Books - October 1st, 2019

An instant New York Times bestseller

In Embrace Your Weird, New York Times bestselling author, producer, actress, TV writer, and award-winning web series creator, Felicia Day takes you on a journey to find, rekindle, or expand your creative passions.

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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439156810
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Published: Scribner - July 6th, 2010

Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.

“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing.

Water for Elephants: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781565125605
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 1st, 2007

The best-selling novel to come out of NaNoWriMo so far.

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The Night Circus Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307744432
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Published: Anchor - July 3rd, 2012

Erin Morgenstern wrote the first pieces of her best-selling debut novel during NaNoWriMo.

"The circus was my variation on the wise and ancient NaNo wisdom: when in doubt, just add ninjas. I had this plodding, Edward Gorey-esque thing with mysterious figures in fur coats being mysterious and doing very little else. I got tremendously bored with it because nothing was happening so I sent the otherwise boring characters to a circus. And it worked. I ended up tossing that beginning and focusing purely on the circus. An imaginary location I created out of desperation expanded and changed and became its own story over many non-November months of revisions and more revisions and now it is all grown-up and book-shaped and published and bestselling. And it all started with NaNoWriMo." - Erin Morgenstern

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Fangirl: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250042613
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Published: Wednesday Books - November 6th, 2018

"That 50,000-word pile I made wasn’t a mess at all. It’s some of the bravest writing I’ve ever done, and it includes my all-time favorite character, a guy I think I would’ve second-guessed to death under normal circumstances. 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." - Rainbow Rowell

Writer's Market 2020: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published Cover Image
By Robert Lee Brewer (Editor)
ISBN: 9781440301223
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Published: Writer's Digest Books - November 5th, 2019

The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published