National Novel Writing Month

If you haven’t signed up for NANOWRIMO yet, what are you waiting for? It is not too late, simply go to and sign up, then at 12:01 am on November 1 you can start writing that fabulous novel that has been rattling around in your head forever.

What IS NANOWRIMO? I’m glad you asked that question. NANOWRIMO stands for National Novel Writing Month. It is an annual internet-based creative writing project that challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel between November 1 and 30.

NANOWRIMO was started in 1999 and each year since has encouraged writers from all walks of life to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and write a novel. It doesn’t have to be good, it just has to get down on paper…..or in a word file. As of 2011, there were 256,618 participants and 36,843 winners with over 3 billion, yes with a B, words having been logged that year alone.

What do you win if you get to the coveted goal of 50,000 words in 30 days? You win a ton of stuff!! For instance, bragging rights that you not only started but actually completed a novel, satisfaction that you were able to put 50,000 words down on paper, hopefully a damn good story that you can polish, ship off to an agent or publisher and sit back and wait for your millions to roll in. Alright, alright, so there aren’t any real prizes for winning NANOWRIMO but it doesn’t matter. We are writers and we need to write!

So what are you waiting for? Go to the NANOWRIMO website and sign up to participate. 50,000 words in 30 days may seem daunting but that breaks down into ONLY 1667 words a day. You can do that, can’t you? When you sign up be sure to reach out to other NANO In Printers. Everyone needs a little encouragement from time to time. Hope to see you all on the NANO forums and maybe even at one of the NANO write-ins. Get ready……….get set………….NANO!!!