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Bethany Longwell, 20, of Craig, poses in the Moffat County Library in Craig with the laptop she uses to write her novel for National Novel Writing Month. This is the first year Longwell is participating in the annual event, which takes place every November and challenges authors to write a 50,000-word novel in a month.

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Craig resident accepts challenge to write 50,000-word novel in one month

A typical workflow for a National Novel Writing Month participant goes like this: Get an idea for a novel, then sit down Nov. 1 and begin writing. And write. And write. And write until you have 50,000 words and a complete novel. The sole caveat: You’ve got only 30 days to do it. Craig resident Bethany Longwell, 20, took on that challenge for the first time this year. She’s in good company. More than 250,000 people around the globe — “armed only with their wits, the vague outline of a story and a ridiculous deadline”— are participating in the annual November event, organizers of the event, commonly known as NaNoWriMo, reported in a release.


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