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Aspiring novelist? If so, meet at the Artesia Public Library this month

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ARTESIA — What do “The Night Circus” and “Water for Elephants” have in common?

They were both conceived during National Novel Writing Month, according to a pair of librarians with the Artesia Public Library.

Today marks the start of National Novel Writing Month and the Artesia Public Library is partnering with the non-profit group to give teenagers and adults a place to gather and write what could be possibly be the next best-seller.

Jo Nickerson-Harper adult services librarian said this is the first time APL has been involved with the project.

“The goal for adults is to write a 50,000 word novel in a month,” she said.

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Nickerson-Harper said she was approached by a friend to see if APL could be a participant that would allow writers to come in and work on their novels. She also asked her friend if she would be interested in getting Artesia teenagers involved in the program.

Nickerson-Harper and Jessica Paschal, teen librarian, will both be participating in NaNoWriMo.

Paschal said she plans to present it to Artesia teenagers as something that will be fun and as a help for those who may be struggling with English classes.

“The first thing that is going to help is practice writing,” Paschal said.

She said once the first draft is done then there will be an editing process. “The teens can set the word count so they don’t have to write 50,000 words.”

Paschal added there will be a chart set by grade level. She said there will be a calendar where children can write so many words a day.

She said there will also be some teen novel workshops, “where we’ll just sit down and work together and they can talk to me and the other teens and write about writers block or what other problems they’re having and we’ll just spend about two hours working on their novel.”

Both said there will be a couple of Come Write In events. The first one is set for Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the second is set for Nov. 27 from 2-6 p.m.

Nickerson-Harper said writers will be able to come to both events and write and “discuss with other writers and bounce off (ideas) off of each other for what they want to do with their novel. There’s going to be coffee, drinks and snacks available,” she said.

Nickerson-Harper added that there will be publishing and writing information available.

“If you’re around a bunch of people who are doing the same you are doing, it keeps you on task,” Nickerson-Harper said.

Both said potential writers need to register online if they would like to participate and the address is nanowrimo.org.

General assignment reporter Mike Smith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 307, or at sports2@rdrnews.com.