Dozens of local writers take on novel challenge

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) 50 thousand words in 30 days is no small feat, but there are dozens taking on the challenge in east Tennessee for National Novel Writing Month.

This may look like a typical study group, but the task at hand is a lot more intensive than your standard term paper.

"If you have a story you want to tell, and you've never done it, this is definitely the time to do it. Don't hold back or say, 'Maybe one day I'll do it," said liaison Rachel Lowe.

This is a group of writers, some experienced and others new, setting aside the "one day" to tackle the novel they've always dreamed of writing.

They're taking on the challenge of national novel writing month, setting a goal of 50-thousand words between November 1st and 30th.

They each have their own strategy.

"In the NANOWRIMO world there are people that are called planners and people called pantsers, meaning by the seat of their pantsers. I'm definitely a pantser. I don't do the outlines and stuff. I just start writing and let the ideas flow," said Syndey Osborne. "This year I've been pretty distracted with work and stuff so I'm pretty behind, but I figure I'll just use the pressure to help me get done."

From word wars to time spent concentrating, write-ins like this help each writer make the most of the month.

"Some people will come as often as they can just to have that support," said Lowe.

Support that helps them meet their goal and set new challenges.

"Who knows? Maybe we can even get something published. With all of the self-publishing available these days and all of my NANOWRIMO friends to help me get it done, it's a real possibility," said Osborne.

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