The Drumheller Public Library has officially cast off for National Novel Writing Month or, NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo currently has 6 members in the Drumheller area who are participating in the challenge of writing a 50,000-word novel within the month of November.

"There are people who take advantage of the challenge in order to do other things like make great strides in their dissertation or write a bunch of short stories or write a play. There are lots of different ways to do it," explains Director of Library Services, Emily Hollingshead. "The point here is to get you writing and connecting with other writers so they are all for people making it their own."

Hollingshead is also the Municipal Liaison for NaNoWriMo for Alberta.

"People who are writing their novels here in Drumheller or near Drumheller this year will be meeting, here at the library, for something called a write-in," she said.

This write-in will take place on November 3 and November 24. The write-ins are from 10 A.M to 4 P.M and are designed to get the writer in your focus and ready to reach your goal of 50,000 words by the end of November.

Hollingshead provides a bit of background when it comes to the history of NaNoWriMo.

"It started in 1999 with one guy and 20 friends in the San Francisco area. The next year they had 140 people, the year after that 5,000 people and now in 2018, it's all over the world with over 400,000 people participating each year."

It is not too late to join the NaNoWriMo group. Hollingshead says the longer you wait, the less time you'll have to potentially write a best seller.

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