Illinois writers respond to novel challenge


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Posted Online: Nov. 24, 2012, 11:06 am
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CHICAGO (AP) For some contestants in this year's national novel writing contest, getting 50,000 words on the page by the end of this month has meant hiding away in libraries, or shutting off cell phones and Internet connections.

The National Novel Writing Month contest drew thousands of Illinois participants this year.

One of them is Megan Metcalf, a 24-year-old resident of Zion. She's on target to complete the challenge by Friday, but only because she switched off phones and the Internet each weeknight until she had at least 1,667 words down in her novel 'Poison Moon,' a tale about werewolves.

The Chicago Tribune reports (http://trib.in/UBdPRm ) the literary endurance contest has 250,000 global participants and is aimed at helping them discover their inner storyteller.

Some even go on to publish their work.














 



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  Today is Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.

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1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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