We here at Morningside spend a lot of time on our nonfiction writing. Our time with pen or keyboard is spent on many worthy and valuable things, such as article and document analyses, research papers, senior theses, and even those most humble personal reflections, but there’s not always time to flex our narrative muscles.
This November marks the 19th NaNoWriMo (chosen to be November for its terrible weather—more reason to write indoors!). Over these past several years, an extensive community has grown up around the project, and there is a substantial online community dedicated to helping each other get to that 50,000 word benchmark.
So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and get writing. And remember, November is just for that first draft. Don’t even worry about the editing—that’s what January and February are for!
NaNoWriMo official website and forums – For details on the challenge and help from the community
We here at the HJF have a ton of resources to help you succeed this NaNoWriMo. Most of our books on the writing process (for nonfiction, technical writing, poetry, plays, and novels) can be found under call number 808 on the third floor. Inspiration—and we all need inspiration for a project like this—can be readily found in the Pop Reads, Bestsellers, Young Adult, and Graphic Novel sections, as well as sprinkled throughout the 800s on the third floor. A few of my favorite from each:
The 808s on Novel Writing
Block, Lawrence. Writing the Novel from Plot to Print. Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest, 1985. Call number: 808.025 B62w 1985.
Card, Orson Scott. How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy. Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest, 1990. Call number: 808.3876 C178h.
Carr, Robyn. Practical Tips for Writing Popular Fiction. Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest, 1992. Call number: 808.3 C23p.
Cawelti, John G. Adventure, Mystery, and Romance: Formula Stories as Art and Popular Culture. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1976. Call number: 808.3 C317a.
Norville, Barbara. Writing the Modern Mystery. Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest, 1992. Call number: 808.3872 N829w.
Pinker, Steven. The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. New York: Penguin, 2015. Call number: 808.02 P655 2015.
First Floor Fiction
Chbosky, Stephen. The Perks of Being a Wallflower. New York: MTV Books / Pocket Books, 1999. YA 813.54 C399 1999.
Gaiman, Neil. American Gods. New York: William Morrow, 2017. Fic Gaiman (Pop Reads).
Plath, Sylvia. The Bell Jar. New York: Harper Perennial, 2005. Fic Plath (Pop Reads).
Sáenz, Benjamin Alire. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. New York City: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012. Call Number: Fic Saenz (Pop Reads).
Thompson, Craig. Blankets. Marietta, GA: Top Shelf, 2003. Call Number: GN 741.5 T371 2003.
Whitehead, Colson. The Underground Railroad. New York: Doubleday, 2016. Fic Whitehead (Bestsellers).
Third Floor Fiction
Gibson, William. Neuromancer. New York: Ace, 1984. Call Number: 813.54 G359n.
Jackson, Shirley. We Have Always Lived in the Castle. New York: Viking Press, 1962. Call number: 813.54 J138w.
Murakami, Haruki. Kafka on the Shore. Translated by J. Philip Gabriel. New York: Vintage International, 2006. Call number: 895.635 M931 2006.