Do you have a story idea bouncing around in your head, or want to write a movie or TV show? November is National Novel Writing Month. It’s a great excuse to finally put pen to paper (or more realistically fingers to keyboard) and get your ideas down. There’s no better time to take the plunge and try. You don’t have to show it to anyone, or you can share it with friends and post it to the NaNoWriMo website and get feedback. There’s a lot of resources on the site to help you write your novel and pep-talks from authors for when you get stuck (it happens to everybody and it’s completely normal). At the library, we also have lots of things on different styles and how to write different genres. As well as authors talking about their process (Some of them have crazy ideas that work for just them.).
But maybe you’re not sure you can write a whole novel. Even though it’s called novel writing month, the important thing is that you write. Maybe your idea is better suited to a series of short stories about the same character, group of characters, or place. There’s no rule that says your novel can’t be a group of short stories.
If you want to write but don’t have an idea what to write about, short stories are a great way to get inspiration. There’s a nice collection of short stories at the library you can leaf through for inspiration.
And for poetry writers, don't forget about novels in verse!
The most important thing is just to write a little every day and by the end of the month you’ll be shocked by how many pages you’ve written!