NaNoWriMo Workshop, or How to Get Your Story Idea Made Into a Novel in Ten(ish) Easy Steps.

November is the month for writers! Hot chocolate, notebooks and window seats, the change of leaves, and pumpkin spice everything (am I right, ladies?)! Time to lock the chilly weather outside and hunker down for lengthy evenings of prose. It’s picture perfect, right? The only thing left to do is to stop dreaming of writing and actually write!

And that’s where NaNoWriMo has got your back!

With thousands of other writers gearing up, it’s a lot harder to make excuses or miss out on the excitement. Fifty thousand words in 30 days. That’s nearly a novel in a month. To some, that sounds impossible. Others have no idea what they’re in for. No matter where you stand, November is the perfect time to amp up your writing game. Do that thing you always say you’re going to do. Write the book. Show your family and friends you’re not just another starving artist!

But NaNoWriMo is notoriously difficult, posing challenges even experienced writers struggle with. So UVW is here to step in and start things off right. Come learn methods, tips and tricks on the important stuff, like:

Pulling a plot together (even if you didn’t have one until just this very moment!)

Quick characterization that will keep the reader – and the writer – from getting bored.

How to keep going even when you want to huck your laptop out the window! (note: Don’t do that)

How to stop yourself from burning it all once it’s done!

And the prizes! (because sometimes self satisfaction isn’t enough)

It’s a 30 day race to success and the writers who have gone before you are living proof that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Join their ranks, get that book written, and be the next success story. So don’t miss the UVW’s mini-educational on October 19 at the Orem Public Library.

Even for those who have no idea what NaNoWriMo is, or have no desire to participate in it, this workshop will be full of helpful writing exercises.

Live to write another day!

Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month. Post courtesy of Jessica Allred.


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