Archive for the ‘creative writing’ Tag


Happy NaNoWriMo!

NaNoWriMo sounds like a Pokemon character or something (right?!), but is actually the cleverly shortened version of National Novel Writing Month, which occurs every November and is widely celebrated. What is NaNoWriMo about? It’s about writing novels and, more generally, celebrating the written word.

NaNoWriMo challenges everyone to put pen to paper and/or fingers to keys (or screen if you’re a tablet person) and write a novel (or 50,000 words of one) in just 30 days. Can it be done? Sure! Check out the NaNoWriMo website for inspiration and information on what the month is all about, including tips from real authors, and lists of authors who have completed the challenge and the books that have resulted. The Young Writers Program, sponsored by NaNoWriMo, is geared towards teens, with a Dare Machine which features a new writing-related dare every day and interviews with awesome authors like Ransom Riggs.

For more writing motivation check out the display in the Teen Space at SPL featuring young authors who hit it big. You might just have an author inside of you, and these famous young folk (Kody Keplinger and Christopher Paolini, among others) will inspire you to find out.

If you decide to take the plunge and try to write a novel this month (even if you don’t but are still interested in writing), hunt down these recommended books for even more guidance:

Finding Your Writer’s Voice: A Guide to Creative Fiction (Call # 808.042 F828)

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King (Call # 92 K54)

Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write (Call # YA 808.3 H241)

Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and Those Who Want to Write Them (Call # 808.02 P966)

Go forth and write!


New to Shorewood Library Teens: Links!

Check out the new option on the right sidebar on this page: links to really awesome blogs and websites all about YA literature, trends and more.

There are only a couple of links so far, but I will continue to add to them as I find great new sites to share with you.

Currently, you’ll find links to…

Novel Novice: A ridiculously great blog that is all about YA books and writing. Among well-written book reviews, you’ll also find writing contests, interviews with your favorite authors and cast members from teen movies (like this one with the cast of Perks of Being a Wallflower), and guest posts written by cool people.


VOYA: Technically aimed at librarians, this site also has great author interviews, book recommendations, and program ideas to help all you TAB members and generally plugged-in teens to brainstorm awesome plans for Shorewood Library events.

Adult Books 4 Teens: This blog highlights books that are marketed for adults that are also great crossover titles that teens would enjoy. Great to check out if you’ve made it through everything in the YA section, or are just looking for something a little different.

The link for each of these sites is on the right side toolbar so take a look and find something inspiring today!