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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

November is National Novel Writing Month

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

November marks the beginning of the National Novel Writing Month—also known as NaNoWriMo—an annual, internet-based creative writing project that initially began in 1999.    For the fourth consecutive year, the Harker Heights community is joining in on the challenge that urges participants to write a 50,000-word novel through the month of November. Those who partake in the project can submit their work on the NaNoWriMo website and update their word count until the deadline on November 30 at 11:59 p.m. You ‘win’ NaNoWriMo by submitting a 50,000-word novel in the month of November, and every year various sponsors offer prizes. The main goal of this month is to get people writing and keeping them motivated during the process; NaNoWriMo focuses on length of the work rather than quality, in order to encourage writers to finish their first draft.

Harker Heights is holding a writer’s support group at the library every Wednesday at 6 p.m. Reference Librarian, Sandy Nelson, began the support group when she started working at the library in 2014, and it’s grown ever since. “It’s an inspiration for all who attend,” Nelson says, “It encourages you to write more and it also offers a level of accountability; since we share our work at the meetings, there are people who will continue to ask about your writing. We offer support, self-publishing and editing tips as well,” Nelson went on to say they offer a year-round writers support group on the second Wednesday of every month.

NaNoWriMo also offers various other writing-oriented projects that are mostly online, and are free to join. However, NaNoWriMo is a non-profit organization, and asks for those able to contribute to donate. Their website provides tips for writers’ block, local places that writers are meeting, as well as an online community of support.

The Harker Heights Public Library will also host a book discussion club on the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. Their next meeting will be Thursday, November 16, and the book discussion will be for Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the F.B.I by David Grann.

For more information on NaNoWriMo, visit their official website, or call Sandy Nelson at 254 953 5491.


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