Central Library challenges you to write your own novel in November

Swindon Central Library is joining the month-long challenge, NaNoWriMo, to see if the people of Swindon can write an entire novel during November.


National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) takes place every November and is an enjoyable approach to novel writing, giving motivation to aspiring writers as well as encouraging more people to get involved.

Participants aim to write a 50,000 word novel between Tuesday, 1 and Wednesday, 30 November, with free events running throughout the month for people to write alongside other participants and offer each other support.

Over 250 NaNoWriMo novels have been traditionally published. These include popular names such as Sara Gruen’s ‘Water for Elephants’, Erin Morgenstern’s ‘The Night Circus’, Jason Hough’s ‘The Darwin Elevator’, and Marissa Meyer’s ‘Cinder’.

Swindon’s NaNoWriMo organiser, Victoria Boulton, said: “Your writing can be as rubbish as you like. All you have to do is write 50,000 words in one month (that’s roughly 1667 words a day) and, at the end, you’ll have a book. It’ll need work, sure, but you’ll have written it. And earned bragging rights for being a novelist, which is a nifty title.”

Though it is largely done at home, alone, and online, the local Swindon region has many in-person meet-ups throughout the month where you can get advice and moral support and write alongside other participants.

For more information on National Novel Writing Month, visit the NaNoWriMo website and find out how Swindon Libraries can help.