Wrapping up Writing Month at the library
THE LAST National Novel Writing Month workshop is happening on today and the host is impressed with the month's turn out.
Published author Imogene Nix has been the acting liaison for the workshop held at the library every Friday morning in November, starting at 9am.
"It started at the beginning of November. What it is called is 'NaNoWriMo' which is National Novel Writing Month. It started in America, and it's now international. Basically, what we're doing are not actually workshops, we call them a Write In,” she said.
Ms Nix believes the month has helped writers stay motived.
"What it does is encourages writers and authors at any point in their career to come along and to share the writing experience. It's about growing a habit, so they can get into the habit of writing every day, and for those who are committed to writing a minimum of 50,000 in the month,” she said.
"It's also about completing a novel in a month. We've got some who have written phenomenal amounts throughout the month, and I also actually finished a novel - yay!”
National Novel Writing Month has shown Ms Nix a lot of talent within the South Burnett.
"I have one newer author who is just starting out, and he's making some good progress too. That's what makes it worthwhile, doing NaNo. It's about encouraging other people to achieve their goals on their own,” she said.
"I'm so pleased to see people enjoying the process of writing, and people completing their novels if that's what they want to do.”
After the month is over, participating writers will take on a self-editing role.
"For those who are actually participating in NaNo and are keeping up with the timelines, I think it's in January for when they sit down and start editing,” she said.
"There'll be a lot of information on the NaNo site about how to edit and that's one of the things that I do, too. For those that seek the distance with me, if they come back and need help, we can have a cup of coffee somewhere and sit down to talk through the process.”
Once the stories are edited, Ms Nix informs how the writers will follow steps towards publication.
"After this, some will self-publish, some may look for a traditional publisher, and some people may sit there and think 'oh, I actually really don't like it. I'm not happy with my story,' and that's great too. This means that they're growing as a writer,” she said.
"There's a good body of authors here, some that are published and some that are aspiring. Overall, NaNoWriMo has been a great experience for everyone.”