“In November 2013, 310,095 writers embarked on a mission to pen a 50,000-word first draft of a novel in one month. That’s approximately 1,667 words every day for 30 days. The challenge is the crux of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), an event that fosters creativity and community among writers of all ages and skill sets. Since its inception in 1999, when only 21 people took part, NaNoWriMo participation has increased exponentially, and the program has grown into a global phenomenon. Libraries have played an important role in that growth, opening their doors to host events throughout the month to help writers hone their craft.
“It’s a natural partnership,” Lissa Staley, public services librarian at Topeka and Shawnee County (Kans.) Public Library (TSCPL), tells American Libraries. “We have everything you need to write a novel.” ”