Sign up for Camp!

We’re getting ready to do it again…welcome aspiring writers to the library to participate in a month-long challenge to write a book in one month. April is all about Camp NaNoWriMo here, and we’re gearing up for some fun!

camp2We started doing this about one year ago, and it’s been a great year. Back then, we weren’t sure if anyone would show up, or how they would do, but we’ve had a dedicated writing group ever since. We meet up about once a month and discuss new projects, take part in challenges and plan for upcoming events.

Last year, during the first Camp NaNo attempt, we had about ten people of all ages take part. They wrote like crazy for the month of April….30 days….and several met the goal of 50,000 words, which is the length of a small book. Yay! After that, we worked on revision, talked about voice, and discussed plot, all in an attempt to further our writing chops. It’s been amazing to see these writers grow.

During the summer, many of them took part in a second run, trying their hand at a new book or revising the one they finished in April. We also gathered together a summer of young writers, and wrote many, many, many creative things. It was fantastic!

In November, a few of the writers took part in the more official National Novel Writing Month, and wrote a new book. Our youngest participant was a teen who won NaNo, and finished her second novel. How amazing, right?

Now, we’re doing it all again. We’d love to get new writers….anyone interested in giving it a try. You’ll have the rest of March to prepare an idea, work out some plot points or create some characters, and then you can join us on Tuesday, March 31st for the Camp NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Party at the library, from 6-7pm.  We’ll learn the rules, make some promises, but mostly….we’ll gear up for a month of fun.

If you’ve never written a book, but have always wanted to try, why not join us? You don’t have to be good at it, you just have to try. There are no rules, and you don’t have to actually write on the library premises…..write wherever you like…at home, in a coffee shop, on the bus. But join us for the meetings, and sign up for the daily inspirational emails. We’d love to have you join!

If you’d like a bit more information, drop by the library, or give us a call at 257-2702. We’re writing in APRIL!

 

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NaNoWriMo Kick-Off!

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November is going to be a busy month for us at the library. We’ve invited writers to join us to write a novel at the library during the entire month!  We had a great kick-off night last week, and it looks like we’ll have about 10+ people writing!  Everyone had so much fun in April, they’ve decided to do it again.

If you couldn’t make it to the kick-off, drop by the library for more information.  You don’t have to write at the library, although we’ll have a lot of fun things going on if you do. Writing while others are doing the same thing makes for lots of positive energy!  We even have a fun mascot this time round….our friendly guy Pickles.  He’ll be here to urge writers to keep going, to help with frustrati0ns and to inspire new ideas.

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There are still a few days left in October to get your novel idea ready. We’ll start sending out fun emails to our writers on Saturday morning, so don’t miss out! Write a novel in November!

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!

Calling All Campers!

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We’re getting ready for something fun in April! Camp NaNoWriMo at the Carleton Place Public Library! It’s Camp for grown-ups! And writers! It’s camp for grown-up writers! And it’s going to be a fun month, filled with lots of writing chit-chat, fun writing prompts to keep you going, lots of support from your friendly librarians and maybe even some snacks. Oh, and of course, you’re going to WRITE!

What’s Camp NaNoWriMo?

November is known as National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. But not everyone finds November to be the best time to get down to serious work, so the great folks who organize the event have come up with two other months during the year to help inspire would-be authors. The first is April, and the next is July. And to make it extra fun, they’ve themed it around the idea of summer camp, complete with cabins and bunk beds! 

If you’ve ever felt the urge to write a novel, this is your chance. During the 30 days of April, your goal is to write 50,000 words. Maybe that sounds like a lot, maybe it doesn’t. It’s actually slightly shorter than your average novel (maybe more like a novella, but let’s not split hairs). It means you need to write about 1666 words every day. Or write all 50,000 the night on April 30th, it’s up to you. Regardless, it’s a great, doable challenge. And when you’re done, you’ll be able to tell everyone you wrote a book!

Why is the library participating?

We’re all about books, of course! And we love to support people and their dreams. Whether you’ve written ten books, or never even attempted one, we’re here to help you out. We can’t tell you what to write, or how you’ll need to manage your time in order to get those 1666 words down each day, but we have lots of great things to help. We have plenty of books on craft, books you can read for inspiration in your desired genre, movies to help you look at plot and character development quickly, or even books to help you choose names for your characters.

The library has free WiFi, and we’re open six days a week, so it’s a good opportunity to get good solid work on your novel done every day. We’ll have a dedicated space open on most days, with lots of plugins for your computers. Of course, you don’t have to use a laptop…you can write the old fashioned way with pen and paper. Whatever feels best.

Who can participate?

Camp NaNoWriMo is open to anyone over the age of 13, and we’re hoping a lot of people in our community and the surrounding areas will take part. It’s easy to register on the Camp NaNo page. Then, drop into the library to pick up your Camp Kit for the rest of the details. We’re hoping to have as many people as possibly in our library cabin, so we’ll ask you for some info when you pick up your kit.

To really get everything going, we’re having a Camp NaNoWriMo Kick-Off on Tuesday, March 25th here at the library from 6 – 7pm. We’ll talk about everything we’re planning, give you some fun things to get your creative juices flowing and then make sure everyone is signed up.

So, if you’ve ever wanted to write a novel, come to the library and join us for Camp during the month of April. Air out those sleeping bags, stock up on sunscreen and make sure your shorts are good to go. We’re writing a novel in April!

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?

Get ready for Camp!

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Time to get the duffel bag packed and slather on the bug spray and sunscreen.  It’s camp time!  But this year, it’s for ADULTS, and it’s all about writing that novel you never have time for.

If you read this blog on a regular basis, you’ll know that come November, many would-be writers lock their doors, ignore the laundry piling up and get their laptops charged for some serious writing sessions. NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) takes place for 30 days, and in that time, people challenge themselves to write at least 50,000 words…the length of the average novel.  It doesn’t have to be an award winner (although many great novels have been born of NaNoWriMo, including Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus) and everything you write remains yours.  This is just a fun way to get yourself motivated and be accountable to your goals for thirty days.

So…the idea of Camp NaNoWriMo sounds like fun! It runs during two separate months during the summer, June and August (maybe you’ll even get TWO novels finished) and allows people who register the option of treating it just like camp.  No, there won’t be any swimming lessons or campfire songs, but you can select to be in a “cabin” with specific writer friends, or go wild and take the random cabin option. Each group of 4 – 6 campers will be combined based on age or genre that you write, or you can be a rebel and opt out of a cabin completely.  Keep in mind, your fellow campers are going through the same struggle you are and they’ll be along to support you all month, and you can do the same for them.  If the going gets tough and you’re not meeting your word requirements, get out those pep talks and see how your cabin mates are doing it!

The best part of Camp NaNoWriMo?  It’s free!  And even if you sign up and don’t get very far, it’ll be lots of fun.  They send out great weekly letters to keep everyone motived and give people ideas.  Sound impossible?  Why not try something different this summer and write that novel you’ve always wanted to write.  It just might change your life!

Have you been to the circus?

I just started reading Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, but already, I want to be home reading it instead of at work! It tells the story of a young boy, Marco, and a young girl, Celia, who are taken under the watchful guidance of a pair of rivaling magicians.  Both are taught the art of magic and they are destined to duel each other until there is only one survivor. But the unthinkable happens….they fall in love. You can read a little more about the whole synopsis of the book here (don’t worry…it doesn’t give anything away.)

Morgenstern wrote this book in a variety of renditions, during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month….we’ve talked about that on this blog countless times). Her journey to publication hasn’t been easy, and after many revisions, she ended up with her pick of agents, which is a writer’s dream. But boy, is this book worth it! It’s not what I might normally read, but she draws you in right from page one and unravels the mystery of the Night Circus with characters that are rich and fascinating. I can’t wait to pick the book back up tonight, but at the same time, I know this is one that I’d like to savour.

If you haven’t read it yet, stop in and put your name down for The Night Circus.  You won’t be disappointed.