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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is turning 20 years old this year, and the Artesia Public Library is celebrating by making its NaNoWriMo even better than last year.

NaNoWriMo is an annual challenge to write a 50,000-word novel during the month of November. Adults, teens and children alike can participate by writing whatever strikes their fancy during the month of November. It could be about a dragon-slaying unicorn that only eats pizza or your autobiography – the library doesn’t care, as long as you’re writing.

“Writing in general is important because it allows the individual to truly express themselves in an unbiased way,” said library supervisor Erin Loveland. “Sitting down and committing yourself to writing a ridiculous amount of words in a short amount time is a task for those that truly have passion for self-expression.”

NaNoWriMo is the perfect time to practice that self-expression. It gives you a reason to commit to writing and to stick to it. Come to one of Artesia Public Library’s Come Write Ins and work on your novel or brainstorm with other writers, and write that book you’ve been procrastinating.

The Artesia Public Library has tools available, such as Pressbooks, where you can write and organize your novel; Come Write In events, where you can come to the library and be surrounded by other writers while you work; and the Young Writers Program, which is a branch of NaNoWriMo that provides many tools for writers who are still in school. These are bound to help you “win” NaNoWriMo and meet your word count. The library will give you one printed and bound copy of your novel if you meet your word count goal during the month of November.

Last year, NaNoWriMo had more than 400,000 participants all over the world and nearly 2,000 libraries participate in the Come Write In program, and they are expecting even higher numbers for this year. The Artesia Public Library had 10 people participate in its Young Writers Program and more than 10 adults participate in the adult challenge in 2017, and they are excited to be doing NaNoWriMo again this year.

Come by the library during the entire month of November and write your story!

In anticipation of increased writer participation for 2018, the APL is offering more Come Write Ins:

NaNoWriMo Kick Off – 4-6 p.m. Nov. 1
Teen Come Write In – 4-6 p.m. Nov. 6
Adult Come Write In – 4-6 p.m. Nov. 7
Teen Come Write In – 4-6 p.m. Nov. 12
Adult Come Write In – 3:30-5:30 p.m. Nov. 14
Teen Come Write In – 4-6 p.m. Nov. 19
Adult Come Write In – 3:30-5:30 p.m. Nov. 21
Teen Come Write In – 4-6 p.m. Nov. 27
Adult Come Write In – 3:30-5:30 p.m. Nov. 28
Teen Come Write In – 4-6 p.m. Nov. 29
NaNoWriMo End Times Pizza Party 12:30-1:30 p.m. Dec. 1

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