National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month! It’s time to buckle down at your computer or with a pen and paper and write that novel you’ve been meaning to write. This is an Internet-based creative writing challenge that began in 1999 with just 21 participants. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Participants can start as early as November 1 at 12:00 a.m. Your words and work can be tracked on the NaNoWriMo website throughout the month of November.

Some novels completed during National Novel Writing Month have even been published and beloved by thousands. Who knows? Maybe you’ll see your name on the cover of your own novel someday! On the website, you can find your region, which will connect you to local writers in your community to meet up with or be inspired by.

Here are some popular novels you can check out from the Aurora Public Library District today that were completed during National Novel Writing Month from Goodreads:

Wool by Hugh Howey

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Persistence of Memory by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough

The Forrest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Compound by S.A. Bodeen

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

As an aspiring writer myself, I’d like to see my name on the list someday. I think I’ll try to participate in National Novel Writing Month, too!

Happy Writing!

National Days in November

There are more national days of celebration and remembrance in November than Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. It comes as no surprise to me whatsoever that November 18, my half birthday, is National Princess Day. Here are some other days you can celebrate throughout the month:

November 1 is National Author’s Day, Family Literacy Day, & Stress Awareness Day

November 2 is National Sandwich Day

November 4 is National Candy Day

November 5 is National Doughnut Day, National Love Your Red Hair Day, & Daylight Saving Time Ends

November 6 is National Nachos Day

November 8 is National Cappuccino Day

November 11 is Veterans Day

November 12 is National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day

November 13 is World Kindness Day

November 14 is National Pickle Day

November 15 is National America Recycles Day & National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

November 16 is Great American Smokeout & National Fast Food Day

November 17 is National Take a Hike Day

November 18 is National Adoption Day & Mickey Mouse’s 89th Birthday

November 21 is National Stuffing Day

November 22 is National Cranberry Relish Day

November 23 is Thanksgiving Day & National Day of Mourning

November 24 is National Native American Heritage Day, National Day of Listening, & Black Friday

November 25 is Small Business Saturday

November 26 is National Cake Day & National Cookie Day

November 27 is Cyber Monday

November 28 is National French Toast Day & National Day of Giving

And November 29 is the tree lighting at Rockefeller Center in New York, which basically means that it’s time for Christmas. So it’s time to get out your tree and start decorating!