Locals crank out the words for writing month


For the last 10 years, local writers in Fort Stockton have been participating in National Novel Writing Month also known as NaNoWriMo.

Municipal Liason Sarah Shuttleworth gets together with writers every November to complete their goal of 50,000 words in a month.

This year they have eight people in the group who meet places like the Garage, Coffee, Music and More to brainstorm and work on their projects.

In October they have a plotting session and then work from there, each member with their own goal and own project.

“It's just a time to say I'm stuck, do you have any ideas,” said Shuttleworth.

She also helps the group move along by randomly doing sprints where she sets a timer and people write as much as they can in that time frame.

The goal in November is to write 50,000 words on a brand new novel not one that has already been started but the rules aren't super strict.

“It's a personal challenge,” said Shuttleworth.

Shuttleworth said she enjoys the challenge of NaNoWriMo but also loves the chance to be creative.

“I really didn't expect to love it as much as I do,” she said.

She loves encouraging other members who vary from library employees, students, retirees and more.

“It's for everyone,” she said.

The group isn't exclusive to November and people with questions can contact Shuttleworth at sarahlcsnano@gmail.com.