It's NaNoWriMo Time!

It’s almost here. If you’re a writer who wants to finally complete that project, whether it be a book, short story, poem or magazine article, here’s your chance.

The event is called NaNoWriMo. This candidate for the acronym of the year stands for National Novel Writing Month, taking place during 30 glorious days in November. The national program involves hundreds of thousands of writers across our nation. The challenge? Write 50,000 words in 30 days. If that seems insurmountable, then think about it as 1,667 words per day. While I am not a writer, I do understand the strategy: just write. Don’t edit, don’t judge your work, just start writing. It’s all about volume. You can go back and edit later.


According to their website,, NaNoWriMo is an international nonprofit organization that supports writing fluency, education and support. A writer can track their words daily to reach their goal. In the end, you’ll have a start to a great project and will have achieved NaNoWriMo glory.

Here at the Library, NaNoWriMo is normally an in-person event, where writers can get together in a supportive environment to achieve their goal. Several writers participated last year, and reached their goal. This year, we have canceled the event due to COVID-19. It seems we are all a bit more solitary. So why not take some of that alone time to write?

All of this goal-setting is fine and dandy, but difficult to achieve without support. The Sandpoint Chapter of the Idaho Writers’ League is a supportive organization of writers with all levels of experience. They have been meeting every first and third Saturday at 9 a.m. via Zoom, reading and critiquing works and exchanging ideas.
For more information, email Bonnie McDade.

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Learn more about NaNoWriMo, track your progress, set milestones, and connect with other writers for free at

Mike Bauer, Adult Programs and Lifelong Learning Coordinator

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