The Crazy Event That Is Nanowrimo

Amanda de Boer, Staff Writer

Everyone has said that they will one day write a novel though they continuously find excuses to get out of it. However, there’s an event called Nanowrimo that pushes people to write that novel that they have always dreamed of.

Nanowrimo challenges those that sign up to write 50 000 words in a month. Now, I understand that, to many, it sounds like a daunting and impossible task but it’s not as impossible as it sounds-just a mere 1667 words a day. However, if that still seems like too much work, they do offer a program to people seventeen and younger called the Young Writers Program. Here you have the option to choose how many words you want to write in November. If Nanowrimo sounds like something you would like to do I insist you sign up. (I mean come on it’s free.) All you have to do is go to their website,, and click sign up. From there just follow the steps and then you’re on your way to writing a novel!

For many people the first couple of days are a breeze. The ideas are still bright and fresh and the sleep deprivation from late nights of writing hasn’t caught up to them yet. Although for the vast majority of people, the writing slump comes soon after. Don’t worry if this happens because the lovely people from Nanowrimo have got your back. Every week on their YouTube channel, they hold a live stream that encourages people to write by doing things called “word sprints.” Word sprints give you a prompt and then a timer is set for 5 to 10 minutes. The goal is to write as many words as possible and resist the urge to edit any mistakes right away. They also hold word sprints throughout the day on their Twitter. As well, during the month there are meet-ups in the libraries around the city.

Now that we have the basics covered let’s move onto some frequently asked questions that my friends always ask when I bring up the topic of Nanowrimo.

Does it have to be in English?
No. You can write in any language you want!

How do you win?

In October, you make a novel page on their site and when it’s midnight on November first you can start writing the story you choose. Near the end of the month there will be an option to validate your word count. If you have 50 000 words or more then you will be redirected to the winners page.

But what do you win?

When the month is over the winner prizes are given out. The prizes are mostly discounts to various things that would assist your writing process. Such as the program Scrivener, which allows writers to easily organize and edit their novels. Prizes also typically include a discounts on printing a copies of your book.

What if I write 50 000 words but I’m not done my novel?

   Keep writing it until you’re finished! If you need something like Nanowrimo to encourage you to keep writing there’s also Camp Nanowrimo, which is held in April and July. Camp Nanowrimo is a more relaxed version of Nanowrimo. In this event you are put into groups with people around the world. With your group you can all talk about what you’re writing or anything good tips that help you write.

And that’s pretty much everything you need to know about this event called Nanowrimo. If you have any other questions or unsure about anything, there is a FAQ page on their website that will answer any questions you can imagine. Now sign up and go write that novel you’ve always talked about!




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