National Novel Writing Month

Each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand new novel. They enter the month as elementary school teachers, mechanics, or stay-at-home parents. They leave novelists.

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The Naked Novelists

As part of this year's National Novel Writing Month, Lincs Inspire Libraries bring you a series of short videos on how NOT to write a novel, from the self proclaimed Naked Novelists, Library Development duo Derek O'Connell and Lawrence Dunn.

The pitfalls of novel writing and writing in partnership are explored from personal experience, as the duo discuss very frankly the writing traps they fell into whilst attempting to write the awkward first novel...

"Once you've put it down, you won't want to pick it up again!" 

The Naked Novelists on their first awkward novel

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Once you've put it down, you won't want to pick it up again!

The Naked Novelists on their awkward first novel

Short Story Competition

From Novel to Novella to Short Story

As part of National Novel Writing Month, Lincs Inspire Libraries, knowing how hard writing a whole novel can be, are running a short story competition.

To be in with a chance of having your work made into a hand-crafted book by our Archives Conservator, the challenge is to complete a short ghost story written by Lincs Inspire Libraries Development Officer and Naked Novelist, Lawrence Dunn. 

The competition is open to everyone. Simply read the short story in its incomplete state via the link below, before adding your own ending and titling the story. 

Entries should be emailed to with the subject line of the email marked 'Ghost Story Competition' and your name, surname and contact telephone number in the email, with a copy of your story attached as a Word document.

The closing date for entries is midnight on New Year’s Eve.

The winner and top entrants will be notified by Monday 10th January. The winner will then be presented with the hand-crafted book shortly after and all the top entrants' work will be published at and linked to from Lincs Inspire Libraries Facebook page.

Ghost Story So Far...

I began to write a short story that is a pastiche of the stories of MR James, with influences like Dracula by Bram Stoker and The Woman In Black by Susan Hill thrown in.

It was written over a series of evenings. I would write for exactly half an hour putting the words that came into my head straight onto the screen. As I wrote, I found ideas for the direction of the story would come into my head. Derek proof-read the story and provided some good turns of phrase that fitted in well with the language of the era.

Lawrence Dunn, author of the untitled and incomplete Ghost Story
More information about National Novel Writing Month can be found at