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Inside a NaNoWriMo Write-In

Davis Dunavin
Outside the Art Smith photography studio on East Broadway in Columbia, Mo.

November is National Novel-Writing Month. (NaNoWriMo for short.) It’s a cultural phenomenon, spread virally through blogs and forums, in which amateur writers, experts and everyone in between are challenged to write a complete novel over the course of a month. A lot of people take on this task solo, but a group in Columbia bands together every year to write novels alongside each other. Here’s their story.