Get Writing! Draft a Novel in 30 Days This November

Columbia, SC- Are you ready to write the next great American novel or New York Times best seller? Richland Library wants to help aspiring authors with a first draft of their book during the 20th anniversary of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

Each November, there is a challenge to write 50,000 words for a book in 30 days. Last year, almost 400,000 people took part worldwide, but only 58,000 met their goals.

Our staff are looking to inspire local writers and get their creativity flowing. Here are a few resources that they recommend checking out:

No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days by Chris Baty

The Secret Miracle: The Novelist's Handbook by Daniel Alarcon

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

20 Master Plots: And How to Build Them by Ronald B. Tobias

Richland Library is also offering spaces, dedicated to writing this month, where fellow writers can connect and bounce ideas off each other. Join us for "write-ins" from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m., Sundays at our Main location (1431 Assembly Street) and from 4:30 - 8 p.m., Wednesdays at our St. Andrews location (2916 Broad River Road).

A complete list of all writing programs at our library locations during the month of November is available here.

We look forward to watching your story unfold!

For questions, please contact Emily Stoll at 803-587-3637 or email

About Richland Library
Awarded the National Medal in 2017 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Richland Library is a vibrant, contemporary organization that provides resources and information that advance the Midlands. Offering state-of-the-art technology, a variety of literary and cultural programs and 11 bustling facilities located throughout the county, Richland Library provides a truly customizable, modern library experience for residents and visitors alike.

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