NaNoWriMo Challenge (Part Two)

The biggest roadblock in my quest to write more was unexpected: reading.

While pursuing my bachelor’s degree, I lost interest in reading (probably because I read so much for school already). Post-graduation, it took some time to return to my childhood/teenage years hobby of non-stop reading. I finally returned to it this year, and began my longtime dream of becoming a book blogger. I planned ahead for this by reading for and queuing up almost all of my November posts before starting NaNoWriMo. I didn’t anticipate reading during November, but as it turns out, after reading so much for a few months I no longer have the willpower to resist checking out (or buying) and reading books that sound interesting to me. I’m suddenly in need of instant gratification when it comes to reading. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Challenge (Part Two)”

Hour of Code

Hour of Code is an annual coding-focused event coinciding with Computer Science Education Week. Schools, libraries and more celebrate the event across the globe. This year’s Hour of Code celebration is Dec. 3 through Dec. 9 and CPL is thrilled to join in on the fun!

Join us throughout the week for different coding sessions across the library system, beginning with a class at Cuffee on Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. and ending with a big finale event at Central on Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. Weekday sessions will include focused, hands-on tech opportunities and the finale event at Central will provide a chance to experiment with everything offered throughout the week. These activities appeal to all ages! Continue reading “Hour of Code”

NaNoWriMo Challenge (Part One)

To reach the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) goal of 50,000 words, the organization suggests writing 1,667 words a day. Writing 1,667 isn’t tough; it only involves about an hour or two of time to write that much. Despite the ease of that daily word count, however, I find myself struggling with the challenge. My problem with keeping up with the NaNoWriMo challenge is not the word count itself, but that 30 days is not a realistic time period for that goal. Simply put, I do not have time to write every day…and so I fall behind. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Challenge (Part One)”

Tips for a Happy NaNoWriMo

You’ve decided to participate in Nano. Great! What’s the first step, you ask? Sign up online here. No, really, I’ll wait. Now that you’ve done that, I’m sure you’re asking why. Because the people who signed up on the website will be a big part of your cheering section. Once, or twice a week, a different published author will post a pep talk, all of which are stored in the archive: Neil Gaiman, Mercedes Lackey, Diana Gabaldon, James Patterson, and Maggie Steifvater, to name just a few. If you have friends who are also participating in Nano, you can Friend them on the webpage, and cheer them on, challenge them to writing sprints (set a time to write and see who writes the most during the time allotted). The local group also hosts Write-Ins during NaNo (and throughout the year), and are very welcoming. And, if you are so inclined they have t-shirts, postcards, coffee mugs, and other assorted items to show the world that you write.

Advice for Beginning Writers

So, you have a great idea, and now you want to put it on paper. What’s next? NaNoWriMo. November is National Novel Writing Month, the month when everywhere around the nation aspiring authors try to put their great idea to paper. Thirty days, 50,000 words, and a nation of writers cheering you on, giving you good advice, and sometimes sitting near you trying to get their own 50,000 words down on paper. My first piece of advice to you is: don’t worry if it is any good or even grammatical. That’s what editing is for. Just put it on paper. You can edit garbage, you can’t edit nothing.

The Chesapeake Public Library is hosting Write-ins around the city during the month of November. We offer support, we offer encouragement, and we offer a quiet room where you can get away from the stress of life and just work on getting those 50,000 words written. Want to try? Our write in schedule is:
GR Saturday 11/4 3-4:45
CC Monday 11/6 6:00– 8:00
CL Tuesday 11/7 6:00-7:30
RM Wed. 11/8 6:00-7:30
GR Thursday 11/9 6-7:45
SN Monday 11/13 6-7:30
CL Tuesday 11/14 6-7:30
IR Wednesday 11/15 6-7:30
GR Thursday 11/16 6-7:45
CC Sat. 11/18 10:00-2:00
GR Sunday 11/19 3-4:45
CL Tuesday 11/21 6-7:30
CL Tuesday 11/28 6-7:30
RM Wed. 11/29 5:30-7:30

Leave a comment if you’re planning to participate. Good Luck and Happy Writing!