Good Read: Can you write 50,000 words in 30 days? Find out

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Typically, this column would be reserved for sharing great literary finds with you. However, the library offers and caters too far more than just books and their readers. A library is also about community, learning and expanding our minds and skillsets. With that being said, your local library asks: Have you ever wished you could write your own book? Why haven’t you? Enter, NaNoWriMo.

What is NaNoWriMo you may ask? National Novel Writers Month takes place in November and is a challenge issued internationally to writers and aspiring writers alike to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Sound crazy? We won’t argue that, but it sure is an adventure. So much so that the NaNoWriMo community in Greater Sudbury currently exceeds 700. Interest peaked? Great.

Not sure where to start? Your local library offers a variety of resources to assist you on your journey. Throughout the months of September and October, the Main Library downtown will be offering resources for NaNoWriMo preparation.


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From challenges, to book displays, you will have everything you need to get ready and start November off on the right foot. We even have participants at the library that have completed this challenge multiple years in a row. Want to talk to them and others like them? Come on into the Main Library on Thursday, Aug. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. for a live panel discussion with participants and published authors.

Still not convinced you can achieve the hefty goal of 50,000 words? You’ll never know what you can accomplish until you’ve taken the time to try. Even if you finish the month having only written 10,000 words, it will still be more than what you had when you started. So come on into the library and take a chance on yourself and your writing endeavours.

Visit or contact the Greater Sudbury Public Library Main Branch downtown for more information on this amazing challenge. In the meantime, here are just a few titles that are available at your local library to help you get started.

– The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Attributes by Angela Ackerman.

– The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Flaws by Angela Ackerman.

– The Urban Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to City Spaces by Angela Ackerman

– Novelist’s Boot Camp: 101 Ways to Take Your Book From Boring to Bestseller by Todd A. Stone.

– Self-Counsel Writing Series: Writing Romance by Vanessa Grant, Writing Mysteries edited by Sue Grafton.


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– Writing Horror edited by Mort Castle, Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy by Crawford Kilian.

Have a library card but can’t make it out to the library? We also have plenty of books on writing that are accessible through our website’s many databases. Try Hoopla and CloudLibrary, for example.

So, if you’ve ever secretly dreamed of writing your own book, let the Greater Sudbury Public Library help you make this the year that your dream becomes a reality. To every book, it’s a reader, and to every book idea, it’s an author.

Kimberly Harpe is a cataloging technician at the Greater Sudbury Public Library.

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