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    Five Days to 50,000 Words

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    In the spirit of National Novel Writing Month, a spirit in which there is no room for revision, just pure forward progress, I write to remind that November is one of those months with only 30 days. That leaves only five days, counting today. If you haven’t started, that’s 10,000 words a day.

    Oh, but it’ll be worth it.

    Send the kids away.

    Call in sick to work, then un-plug the phone.

    And whatever you do, do not think about Christmas, unless you are writing about Christmas.

    If you’ve tried all these distraction-elimination tactics already and are still having trouble spewing out your novel, there is still one more really good option: go to the library! Our NaNoWriMo table on the fourth floor of the Central branch sits waiting for you to take over. It's a really good place to get lost in a literary daze and if you encounter a stubborn block that requires research you can put a librarian to work on it while you plot your next chapter. Go team!

    For more inspiration, if you're looking to diversify your cast of characters, the people-watching around this area of the city is tremendous.

    And the NaNoWriMo table happens to be right next to the 4th floor’s local history room, so if your novel takes place close to home, you’ll have the best resources to dive into Calgary and Alberta history and create stunningly authentic settings. If local history is part of your fictional world, don't go anywhere without getting into the library's Community Heritage and Family History blog. It will be a field of gems and shiny diamonds for you but you can still read it wearing just slippers or bare-foot.

    I know you'll be too busy writing to pick up any books on how to focus on writing, but if you did, this one looks perfect:Your brain at work: strategies for overcoming distraction, regaining focus, and working smarter all day long. Click the cover to link to the catalogue.

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