It’s almost time for that race-against-the-clock, heart-pounding rollercoaster of creativity that is National Novel Writing Month! In just two weeks, writers everywhere will begin penning the tales that will sweep them away for the rest of November.
NaNoWriMo is a nonprofit organization that provides tools, structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds — on and off the page.
Participants attempt to write a 50,000-word manuscript in the month of November. Well-known authors write “pep-talks” to keep them motivated throughout the process. The website provides participants, called “Wrimos”, with tips for writer’s block, information on where local participants are meeting, and an online community of support. Writers are encouraged to finish their first draft quickly so that it can later be edited at the author’s discretion.
Writers wishing to participate first register on the project’s website, where they can post profiles and information about their novels, including synopses and excerpts. Word counts are validated on the site, with writers submitting a copy of their novel for automatic counting. Municipal leaders and regional forums help connect local writers, holding writing events and providing encouragement.
NaNoWriMo believes in the transformational power of creativity. We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page.
NaNoWriMo also runs the Young Writers Program that offers tools, resources, and community access to help young writers and educators set ambitious creative goals and tackle projects year-round!
Each year, over 100,000 young writers under 18 enjoy the youth-friendly writing space, progress tracking tools, and Young Novelist Workbooks. Educators can support student skill development with the free Common Core–aligned curricula, online classroom management tools, and motivational classroom materials.
Make sure you announce your novel before November begins, so you can get writing on Day 1. Even if your inspiration is infinite, you still need to start somewhere. Just log into nanowrimo.org, go to “My NaNoWriMo” > “Projects”, and click the “Announce new project” button at the top.