It's hard to believe, but we're officially mid-way through the month.

If you're participating in NaNoWriMo, you have 15 days to finish your novel.

Every November, writers from all over the world participate in National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo. As its name suggests, this event gives writers just 30 days to pen the 50,000-word draft of a novel.

Participants are not alone in their attempt – the purpose of NaNoWriMo is to create a sense of community among writers as they tear through 1,667 words a day in search of plots and characters.

Intrigued by the idea of a marathon for writers? Then don't miss Worthington Libraries' upcoming NaNoWriMo programs.

Two more Come Write In! sessions remain, scheduled Saturday, Nov. 17, and Nov. 24 at Old Worthington Library. From noon to 4 p.m., writers will have a room reserved just for them to sip some tea, meet other aspiring authors and, most importantly, beef up their word count. These sessions are free and do not require any registration.

NaNoWriMo got its start in San Francisco in 1999 when 21 friends decided to turn the typically solitary novel-writing process into what they called "half literary marathon and half block party."

By 2001, 5,000 people pledged to take part; last year, that number was over 400,000. Clearly, NaNoWriMo strikes a chord with writers seeking company on the lonely path to authorship.

And it's not just a writing exercise, as hundreds of NaNoWriMo novels have actually been published, including Sara Gruen's "Water for Elephants" and Rainbow Rowell's "Fangirl." Could your novel be next?

Participating is easy and free; simply register at to receive online encouragement from NaNoWriMo staff and published authors.

There's also a Columbus group you can join for in-person support.

At the end of the month, submit your novel; if it passes 50,000 words, you've won and will receive fun, author-related prizes and discounts, not to mention the glory of having finally written that novel.

Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.