We’re Writing Again!

Write a Novelin 30 days!Libraries are all about books, and what better place to write a book than at the library!

Did you know the Carleton Place Public Library has a writers’ group? We’ve been meeting for over two years now, and many of our writers have written books, been published, and are looking to help others in our community join in the fun

If you want to know more about our project to write books in November as part of National Novel Writing Month, join us on Tuesday, October 18 from 6-7pm to find out more. Meet members of the CP Library Writers Group, find out about our website, and learn all about writing a book in 30 days. It’s possible…and a lot of fun!

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Please call to register, or drop by the library to pick up your writing kit if you can’t make it to the Kick Off meeting. We’d love to have new members!

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Writing at the Library

NOVELYes, we’re going to write books again in November at the library! It’s a long, difficult process, so we’re getting ready starting with a workshop on Sept., 29th from 6-7pm to find out how.

We have an active adult writing group that has been meeting, learning, and challenging themselves for over a year now, and we’d love to have new members. Plan on coming to the meeting to see how to prepare for writing your first novel (or your 5th), and get to know some fantastic local writers who are working at their craft, just like you!

No registration required. We’ll see you at the meeting!

Writers, Writers!

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We have lots of people participating in writing groups at our library this November. While the Camp NaNoWriMo version of National Novel Writing Month was popular in April, we weren’t sure if everyone was ready to go again this month. But…..we have LOTS of participants! Not only do we have several people who wrote books in April working on new projects now, we also have many new members…some who started their projects as recently as last week. Will everyone finish? Maybe not, but our library group is all about supporting each other and trying to encourage the act of creativity.

But I must add, our lone 12-year-old participant is kicking butt!  She is not only meeting her daily word counts, but surpassing them! Way to go, Beky!

The added fun this month comes from our Young Writers Group which meets each Sunday. The numbers have been expanding each week, so much so, we had to add another table this past Sunday to our Tween group! These kids take their writing seriously, let me tell you. We usually begin with a fun writing exercise, something to get them thinking creatively, and then we move on to reading some of our writing. The best thing? These young writers are always eager to take home a few new books, so they’re always being inspired! (All right, I’m sure some of the draw is about snacks, but you can’t write without snacks, can you?)

It’s nice to know our community has such a great interest in writing. Will one of these authors publish a book that will end up on our shelves one day? Who knows? It’s so exciting!

We’re Having a Kick-Off!

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We’re only a few short weeks away from National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. And once again, the Carleton Place Public Library will be an official Come Write In zone!  That means, we’re looking for people who want to write a novel during the month of November, and it doesn’t have to be done entirely at the library (although we would like you to try writing here at least once).

This coming Tuesday, October 21st from 6-7pm, we’re having our NaNoWriMo Kick-Off!  Join us for an hour to hear about our plans, and find out more about the whole idea. If you participated in April, this will just as much fun, and if you didn’t, come and participate this month!  We’ll have special write-in times, group events, inspirational daily emails and maybe even some snacks (because it’s hard work writing).

We’re looking for anyone aged 13+ who wants to write with us.  You can register on the official NaNo website, or just participate for fun.  But be prepared to write…we’re going to challenge you, and hopefully you’ll get that novel written.

Drop by the National Novel Writing Month website, or visit the blog for daily inspiration leading up to the event, as well as during NaNo.

Any questions?  Give us a call at the library, or drop by on Tuesday night for the event!

Write a Book Next Month. Do it!

Yes, it’s almost upon us again…National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as it is also known. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s pretty self-explanatory…a month-long quest to write a novel. Beginning November 1st, you write like a madperson everyday and try to get 50,000 words completed by midnight November 30th. Sound easy?  It isn’t, but it might be fun, and it might be the start of something fabulous in your life.

Personally, I think November can be a tough month to do this. Most of us are busy preparing for the holidays, which seems to take an enormous amount of time.  But if you feel like you want to cram in an extra bit of pressure, I say go for it!  What have you got to lose (besides your sanity)? And this year, you can get the kids to participate as well, with the NaNoWriMo Young Writer’s Program.

So, how do these programs work? While you could do this on your own, it’s fun to have some support.  Sign up, start prepping your ideas, and get ready to write starting November 1st.  Then, all you have to do is upload your daily word count (you can either put it in yourself, or upload your actual writing and they’ll add it up for you) and keep the words flowing. Don’t worry, they’re not going to steal your ideas and your work is still your own.  It’s just great incentive to see the number growing on your chart.  And who knows?  Maybe you’ll finish that novel after all.

There are pep talks, fun local connections (like writing zones in bigger cities where you can write alongside other NaNo’ers), and the chance to connect with other writers like yourself online. For the younger set, there are daily dares that will help get those creative juices flowing, and allow you to challenge yourself with daily writing goals.  While the adult goal is 50,000 words, the younger group is allowed to set their own reasonable goals (after all, their lives are busy…and they usually have to go to bed earlier than the rest of us!).

At the end, you “win” by getting to 50, 000 words.  Okay, you don’t actually win anything, except bragging rights, but they will send you a fun award widget you can post on your blog, website or other page for all your friends and family to see. (You don’t have to post it, of course. If you’re a closet writer, just keep it to yourself.) There are only eight days left to register and prepare.  Will you be ready?

Will it take a year, or three days?

While most novelists will tell you it took them at least a year, if not more, to write their masterpiece, there are still plenty of people who are willing to try their imaginations at various challenges, like writing a novel in a month (NaNoWriMo). How about writing one in a weekend? (Okay, a long weekend, but still, is three days enough?)

The 3-Day Novel Contest runs every Labor Day weekend and is open to anyone who wants to give it a try. 72 hours.  That’s all you’ve got to produce your work. Just register before the deadline and start thinking about your book. You can prepare a simple outline for the book, but keep it brief—it makes it more challenging that way.  Then stock up on coffee, book a hotel room or go to the cottage for some peace and quiet and fire up the laptop! 

The first prize is a promise of publication and 2nd and 3rd prizes are money. It’s worth a shot, don’t you think? Give it a try!