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For the second year, the Ashe County Public Library will be hosting events in correlation to National Novel Writing Month.

The event, nicknamed “NaNoWriMo,” takes place every November and provides creative writers with the opportunity to write an entire novel in a month.

“The goal is not to have a finished product,” said Suzanne Moore, head librarian of the Ashe County Public Library. “You want to have a zero draft finished by that time.”

From there, the next goal is to edit the novel and prepare it for potential publication. Books such as Sara Gruen’s “Water for Elephants” and Erin Morgenstern’s “The Night Circus” have been written during previous NaNoWriMos.

Last year over 340,000 people participated in NaNoWriMo. The event officially launched in November of 2001.

Upon completion of the novel in a month, a certificate through the NaNoWriMo website will be provided to those who finish. Writers are supposed to write close to 50,000 words, or 1,650 words a day.

“We have mugs with inspiriting quotes for writers and we have gift incentives for the authors as they reach their milestones,” Moore said.

Moore said the library will have an orientation luncheon downstairs at noon on Friday, Oct. 25 to help interested writers prepare for the event. Pamphlets will be given out to help potential writers organize their novels.

“We have a support group to give encouragement and motivation,” Moore said. “We will meet weekly in November.”

For more information on the National Novel Writing Month, go to www.nanowrimo.org.

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