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Valerie takes writing challenge

Valerie Lewis is entering a writing project to pen a 50,000-word novel in November.
Valerie Lewis is entering a writing project to pen a 50,000-word novel in November. Mike Knott

DON'T bother inviting Valerie Lewis out for coffee next month.

She will be far too busy pounding on her keyboard for an international writing competition to write a 50,000-word novel during the month of November.

Known as NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month competition started in the US in 1999, but has grown to include thousands of writers from all over the globe.

Only about 18% of people manage to hit the 50,000-word target. But Ms Lewis has high hopes of hitting the magic number - after all, she has done it fives times already.

“It's not so much about writing a story as it is about learning discipline in writing,” she said.

“You have to write more than 1600 words a day or you won't make it.”

Participants start writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page novel, or 50,000 words, by midnight on November 30.



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