NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is a challenge many people from all over the world partake in each November.

The Challenge: write a 50,000 word novel between November 1st and November 30th. Trust me! This is not as crazy as it sounds! When you break it down that is just over 3 pages, single spaced, per day. It does not need to make total sense or even be grammatically correct.  The idea is to challenge yourself to write and hopefully have a little fun along the way.

You never know, somewhere down the line that fun little challenge you did one November could go on to become published. Your 50,000 words could go on to join the ranks of Hugh Howey’s Wool, Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, or even go on to become a movie like Susan Gruen’s Water for Elephants. All of these novels began with the NaNoWriMo Challenge.

Sign Up at and you will have access to Pep Talks; Word Count Helpers to track your progress; and fellow writers from all over the world and from right here in Southwestern Manitoba. You will even have the opportunity to earn badges and incentives.

Don’t forget to let me know you are participating. Prizes will be given out from the library when you reach 25,000 words and 50,000 words.

Though the NaNoWriMo website is geared towards writers over the age of 13, anyone under 13 is welcome to participate through the Glenboro/South Cypress Library. Your challenge will be 20,000 words. That is a 10 page, single spaced story. Do you think you can do it? Prizes will be given out when you reach 10,000 words (5 pages) and 20,000 words (10 pages).

Glenboro/South Cypress Library is open Tuesday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are located at 105 Broadway Street | Box 429, Glenboro, MB R0K 0X0 |