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A ‘novel’ idea

Aspiring local authors gather for National Write a Novel Month

Members of the Fulton Writers Group are not the only ones who have been bitten by the writing bug.

A number of Callaway County residents are participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this November, in which participants are challenged to write an entire novel — 50,000 words — in one month.

Angela Weeks and Ashley Maxey are part of a group that meets at 6 p.m. every Friday in November — this year at Cafe Creme in downtown Fulton. They also keep in contact electronically, emailing drafts and words of encouragement throughout the month.

Weeks, who has participated in the NaNoWriMo challenge for three years now, said the gatherings are a fun way to meet with other aspiring writers and keep themselves on track.

“We have typing wars, some companies sponsor us and give us pens and other things, and if you finish your novel you get a chance to publish it on Create Space,” Weeks said.

This year, NaNoWriMo is turning into a family affair — Weeks’ husband and their 16-year-old daughter also are participating.

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