Congratulations to the Young Writers who participated in the NaNoWriMo program at Handley Regional Library! This year’s group of talented, enthusiastic writers made huge strides on their novels, with about half fully completing their novels over the course of November. We look forward to someday having your novels on our shelves here at the library!
The Young Writers Groups at Handley and Bowman Libraries celebrated their participation with a finale party; writers received participant or winner certificates if they met their word-count goals and completed their novels. The Bowman Library group had 8 winners this year and Handley Library had 4.
The philosophy of the NaNoWriMo project is to silence one’s inner editor and, by shutting out that critical inner voice, free yourself to get all your story down on paper. Once you’ve completed a rough draft of your novel, you’re a winner and have completed NaNoWriMo. But the writer’s job doesn’t end there. After the story is out of your head, it’s time to unleash your inner editor on it.
Even though Handley Regional Library’s NaNoWriMo Young Writers’ Program has ended, the Young Writers have decided to keep moving forward with their novel-writing aspirations. They have decided to form a community writer’s group, Cubez, with the motto “Think outside the box.” They will continue to meet monthly at the library and invite all young writers in middle and high school to join them on the first Tuesday of each month at 6PM.