Are You Ready for NaNoWriMo 2020?

November is National Novel Writing Month. It’s the time when people the world over take a shot at the NaNoWriMo challenge of completing at least a 50,000-word novel (or novella) in the span of 30 days. Participants are challenged to start a new/original work beginning 12:00 a.m. November 1 and ending 11:59 p.m. November 30. Whether you’ve already outlined your project or have decided to fly by the seat of your pants, the goal is to just write. Are you participating in NaNoWriMo 2020? The Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library would like to support you during your writing adventure! The organization that started it all. You don’t have to create an account/sign up to participate in the writing event, but it is recommended if you’d like to track your progress or make a connection with other participants through the various forums. At you will find many helpful resources.

Visit our website and “Like” and Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more tips and words of encouragement. Also, November 1 is National Author’s Day take a little time to give a nod to your favorite author, perhaps by completing a page of your own. Good luck to all NaNoWriMo participants!

Worksheets. Here are creative writing worksheets (courtesy of Full Coverage Writers at to inspire you: Plot in 60 Minutes; Character Profiling; Curious Character Questions; Personality Predicaments; Occupational Hazards; Polaroid Moments.

Books. Here are some helpful books to check out! Click the links below to access the online CLEVNET catalog or try the WorldCat link for your area library:

Mastering the Process from Idea to Novel* by Elizabeth George (WorldCat)

Just Write: Creating Unforgettable Fiction and a Rewarding Writing Life by James Scott Bell (WorldCat)

Elements of Fiction* by Walter Mosley (WorldCat)

Writing Deep Scenes: Plotting Your Story Scene by Scene Through Action, Emotion, and Theme by Martha Alderson and Jordan Rosenfeld (WorldCat)

Consider This: Moments in My Writing Life After Which Everything was Different* by Chuck Palahniuk (WorldCat)

*Also available in OverDrive