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A novel idea

Published writers and author hopefuls in Lodi put their lives on hold as they challenge themselves to write a 50,000-word novel in four weeks for National Novel Writing Month

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Posted: Saturday, November 7, 2009 12:00 am

With undeveloped characters running through their heads, bits and pieces of a storyline and a blinking cursor on a fresh Word page, two Lodians, Mike Szkodzinski and D.B. Pacini, are putting their lives on hold for the month and becoming full-time "wrimos."

National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, claimed more than 100,000 writers and wannabe writers who decide to finally write that novel they've been planning. For the month, participants watch a little less TV, surf fewer Web sites, order in a little more, screen a few more phone calls, and, at the end of the month, have a 50,000-word novel to show. Or so they hope.

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