Nanowrimo – What is that?

Nanowrimo… What is that?

Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month. While Nanowrimo has many programs during the year, I will be focusing on the upcoming event that has given Nanowrimo its name. National Novel Writing Month is the month of November. It allows the writer, whose mind wanders when writing, to have a goal (other than a completed novel) to focus on. It creates accountability for yourself, the website, and the friends and family you’ve told about Nanowrimo. But what are the requirements?

Nanowrimo requires an account. Just go to their website and sign in. If you have a preexisting account, you just need to sign in to that account and begin to write. Nanowrimo does not allow you to write your book on their site. You write it at home and then update your word count. The goal is 50,000 words. Daunting, isn’t it? I know. I have tried Nanowrimo once before, barely made it past the first week with a whopping total of 30 words. I know, pitiful. But this year I am determined to win. (Edit from January 19, 2018…I didn’t make it in 2016, and I definitely didn’t make it in 2017, oh well. I’m sorry, past me.)

What does it take to win Nanowrimo? How many winners can there be? Both of these are very good questions one may ask. No, there is no fixed number of winners. If you achieve and validate 50,000  words you win a prize. The prize varies from year to year.

If you have any more questions, just go to and look in their very helpful How it Works and About pages. Spread the word to those you know who would take a jump at a chance like this!



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