November is NaNoWriMo

By Jesse Campbell (

Article Published: Nov. 7, 2013 | Modified: Nov. 7, 2013

For aspiring writers, procrastination can be the most looming and daunting obstacle in completing that first novel and introducing a manuscript to the publishing world.

These budding authors have run out of excuses, as the metaphorical pen is about to hit the paper at the Watauga County Public Library.

As part of National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo) the library is offering a litany or activities throughout the month of November to encourage local wordsmiths to complete their first novel.

Writers can enroll in the free program by visiting, which will give them access to support forums and an email campaign that offers encouragement throughout the month, as they try to reach their goal of 50,000 words.

The library will also host “Write-In” workshops every Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.
“This will allow people to write individually or as a group,” said Tamara Scanlon, youth services specialist for the library. “You can also support other people.”

For those competitive writers, “Word Wars” at the library will award those authors who can write the most in a short period of time.

While completing a finished manuscript in a short period of time can be nerve- wracking, Scanlon said the final product doesn’t have to be perfect.

“They (the writer) just need to get it done and get it out,” she said. “When you submit your novel, you will get a code that will give you free copies of your book. You will receive five free copies from the publishing company.”

For more information on the initiative, call the Watauga library at (828) 264-8784 or visit

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