NaNoWriMo Approaches


Last year, seven of our intrepid young writers attempted the ultimate literary challenge: writing a novel in thirty days from November 1-30. Four of them succeeded. The other three (including myself) are winners anyway for having attempted it. Between us, we wrote over one hundred thousand words during the month of November.

NaNo CrestThis is the thirty-day period of creative mayhem known as National Novel Writing Month. You may have heard of it already – last year, nearly 350 000 people around the world participated.

Mostly Books will be facilitating NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program again this year. (As far as I know, we are the only people running the program in South Australia.) If you’re eighteen or under, you’re invited to join our team, set your own word count goal and be guided through thirty days of spontaneous writing.

nano_13_progress_chart_mainrgb[1]More information is available at The idea is to go into November with no idea what you’re doing, and let your imagination run completely wild. Quantity over quality is the rule. No self-editing is allowed until after the end of the month.

Once you’ve signed up on the website, you’ll receive email pep talks from professional authors, and be able to update your word count metre for all your friends to see. We’ll also have a word-count metre poster up in the shop, to be filled up with stickers as the month rolls on. It’ll look like the one on the right.

Email Samuel to register your interest and join our online classroom.

About Samuel

Samuel has worked at Mostly Books since he was sixteen years old. He’s now twenty-three. During his time as a bookseller, he’s also completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Creative Writing at Flinders University, with an Honours thesis on the representation of LGBT people in young adult fiction, for which he was awarded a University Medal. He's had a few short stories published, judged the Indie Book Award three times and been twice nominated for Random House Young Bookseller of the Year. He reads practically everything (except for sport biographies and self-help books), and particularly enjoys contemporary Australian literary fiction, young adult and children’s fiction, surreal and magic-realist fiction and long-form journalism. He is the person to ask if you need help finding a book for a reluctant reader. His favourite part of the job is running the Young Writers Group, which has been going strong since July 2012.

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