Brooklyn Public Library


A Post-NaNoWriMo Survival Guide

Nov 24, 2010 9:55 AM | 0 comments


Since November of 2000, writers have signed up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and challenged themselves to produce 50,000 words in 30 days. NaNoWriMo guidelines ask writers to push aside their inner editor and free-write nearly 1,700 words daily. The reward is being able to say you are 50,000 words closer to a first draft.


If you’re like the hundreds of thousands of budding authors who participated in or completed this year’s challenge, you are now in possession of a well-developed novella or the beginnings of a novel. You’re probably staring at this creation thinking, “Now what?” 

To date, over 60 former NaNoWriMo participants have published books from the work they’ve done during the challenge. This includes Sara Gruen, whose paperback printing of Water for Elephants was #1 on The New York Times bestseller list in 2007. You could be next!


BPL has many resources to help you mold those 50,000 words into a product of which you can be proud. From perfecting your narrative voice to finessing your plot, the following books can give you the tools and inspiration you need to finish that novel:


The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White

The Glimmer Train Guide to Writing Fiction edited by Susan Burmeister-Brown and Linda B. Swanson-Davies

Revision and Self-Editing by James Scott Bell

Writing Fiction: The Practical Guide from New York's Acclaimed Creative Writing School edited by Alexander Steele


Visit the Library online to check out these and other writing guides today. Happy writing!

Bookmark and Share