National Novel Writing Month

Having only recently joined Twitter (don’t judge me!), I couldn’t help but notice a number of writers hashtagging #nanowrimo. I confess to having no idea what is was.


It represents National Novel Writing month, a not-for-profit venture started with just 21 participants in 1999. By 2015, the volume of participants had increased to 431,626. Winning involves writing approximately 1,667 words per day in November to reach the goal of 50,000 words written towards a novel and there is no fee to participate. Anyone who reaches 50000 is declared a winner so, in 2015, there were over 40000 winners


The rules are as follows:

  • Writing starts at 12:00: a.m. on November 1 and ends 11:59:59 p.m. on November 30, local time.
  • No one is allowed to start early and finish 30 days from that start point.
  • Novels must reach a minimum of 50,000 words before the end of November. These words can either be a complete novel of 50,000 words or the first 50,000 words of a novel to be completed later.
  • Planning and extensive notes are permitted, but no material written before the November 1 start date can go into the body of the novel.
  • Participants’ novels can be on any theme, genre of fiction, and language. Everything from fanfiction, which uses trademarked characters, to novels in poem format, and metafiction is allowed; according to the website’s FAQ, “If you believe you’re writing a novel, we believe you’re writing a novel too.”


If you complete the challenge you are awarded a certificate, an icon to display on your website, and inclusion on the winner’s list. There are various sponsors who offer varying degree of awards, including Self-publishing option CreateSpace.


All in all, it does seem like an interesting idea. I would imagine the hashtagging will increase towards the end of the year and hopefully act as a reminder to me to participate. I can’t see any reason not to do it.


Does anyone have anyone reading have any experience of it?


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