To NaNo: to write your pants off

Join us for NaNoWriMo, the fun, seat-of-your-pants way to start your novel!


Do you love to write? Got an idea stuck in your head that just won’t quit?
NaNoWriMo might be just what you need!

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) occurs each year in November. The challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in one month. Sounds rough, right? This fall, we’ll guide you through preparing to write your novel (starting in September), and you’ll join a community of other writers in our area to get your ideas down on paper. Follow the steps below to join the Plain City Public Library NaNoWriMo group where we’ll have access to message boards, goal-setting, and progress trackers to get prepared for midnight on November 1st when we’ll hit the ground running and get your novel going!

To get started:

1. Create a personal account on

2. Once you create your account, join the Plain City Public Library NaNoWriMo group at or by emailing your username to Adult Services Librarian, Hilary Harlan at

3. Follow along with our updates to the NaNoWriMo writing group and on social media each week to get prepped to start your Novel in November. We’ll be prompting things like developing your characters, creating your setting, and outlining your story – all to make sure you’re ready to write your pants off come November 1st!

4. Starting October 28, join the PC Library NaNoWriMo group on Zoom each Wednesday at 7pm to discuss what you’re writing, to take time to write together, and to work out any writers’ block.

That’s it! Check back here for weekly updates, and we’ll see you online in person on October 28! Email or call Adult Services Librarian, Hilary Harlan at 614-873-4912 ext. 130 with any questions.

Preparation: Week 1

Develop a Storyline

NaNoWriMo Prep Week 1

Time to get prepping! For the week of September 14, start thinking about your story – what do you want to write about? Got an idea for a character? Time to explore that. Try this:

1. Come up with three ideas for your novel.

2. Write a publisher’s blurb for each idea. What would the back cover of your novel say?

3. Which blurb did you enjoy writing the most? Try fleshing out that idea a little more.

For more information and other story development ideas, visit


Preparation: Week 2

Create Complex Characters

NaNoWriMo Prep Week 2

Another week closer to NaNoWriMo, and on September 21, it’s time to start creating your complex characters. Who is going to drive your story? Try this:

1. Think about your character’s motivation – what drives them to move the plot along?

2. How will your character grow throughout the story?

3. What’s in your character’s bag? What props does your character always have on them? A toothpick in their mouth? A pencil behind the ear? These small characteristics will flesh out your character and make them believable and lifelike.

For a great resource to help you develop your characters, visit the NaNo Prep 101 Week 2 Exercise.

Last Updated 9/18/2020