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NaNoWriMo: 6 things you need to know about the writing challenge

Flipping to the November page on your calendar means that it's time for NaNoWriMo again. Here's a primer on the challenge that's produced bestselling novels and made novelists of many.

5. Who's come out of the program?

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Perhaps the best known success story of NaNoWriMo is Sara Gruen, whose 2006 historical novel "Water for Elephants" was written through the initiative. The story of life and love in a circus during America's Great Depression became an award-winning bestseller, and was adapted into a film starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon. Erin Morgenstern's bestselling 2011 novel "The Night Circus" – a fantastic tale of competing 19th-century magicians – was also a product of NaNoWriMo. Fantasy writer Amelia Atwater-Rhodes wrote her tenth book, "Persistence of Memory," during NaNoWriMo.

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