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National Novel Writers Month by Sarah Shuttleworth

The very first NaNoWriMo took place in July 1999, in the San Francisco Bay Area. That first year there were 21 participants. 20 years later there are more than 400,000 participants from all around the world are expected to participate this November. So what exactly is NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1st, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30th. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. National Novel Writing Month believes in the transformational power of creativity. They provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page.

“Too many people think they’re not a ‘creative type,’ but to be human is to be a ‘creative type’. NaNoWriMo teaches you to believe that your story matters, to trust the gambols of your imagination, and to make the blank page a launching pad to explore new universes. That’s important because when we create, we cultivate meaning. Our stories remind us that we’re alive, and what being alive means,” says Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of NaNoWriMo.

So how can you join in on the fun? Sign up on After you’ve signed up come to a local meeting! Fort Stockton has a local group that meets regularly during the month of November for Write-ins. Write-ins are full of fun, games, encouragement, and writing! You can also contact local Municipal Liaison for NaNoWriMo Sarah Shuttleworth at to ask any questions, request more information, or find out when and where the next meeting will be.

Is there an age limit to participate? No! Younger aspiring novelists can join the Young Writers Program

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