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What is NaNoWriMo?


It’s such an odd little word, if it could even be classified as a word.

It stands for National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is a non-profit organization that believes that every story matters. They have community programs in libraries, community centers, and bookstores. Not to mention there fabulous online programs that have created a community of writers who band together every year to strive to write 50K words (a novel) from November 1-November 30.

Ok… But What is it?

As I said, NaNoWriMo is an online community of writers, from people who have never tried to write before up to bestselling authors. Basically, you write and use the website to track your words and if you hit the 50,000 words, then you’ve “won” NaNoWriMo. 

How does it Work?

You’ll start off your NaNoWriMo journey by visiting their website and either signing in or signing up. From there you create a username, set your region, and can then create your novel you’re going to be writing. 

There is one thing though, that you have to understand, NaNoWriMo doesn’t provide you a tool to use for writing your novel. That’s up to you. It can be anything from pen and paper (but you’ll have to count your words by hand), Word (or Google Docs), or one of the many sophisticated fancy novel writing software or online tools that are available. (We will touch on some of these in our next post tomorrow!)

Some things that the website can do for you though, is connect you with other local writers (there’s usually local meetings planned), provide you with a goal tracker (must have your novel for the event already entered), and a tool for sprints (either by yourself or with a group).

Once you get all that set up and squared away, then it’s time for the fun to REALLY begin!

The writing!

Now, 50K words in 30 days can seem quite daunting. But when you break it down, you only need to write 1,667 words per day to stay on track! That’s easy-peasy! Don’t psych yourself out, and instead, focus on the smaller goal. You can even use your goal tracker within NaNoWriMo to see what you’ve accomplished. Most of the “sophisticated” writing software out there also has this function built in. (Another tool I recommend for keeping track of all your writing, is Pacemaker.)

In Closing

NaNoWriMo is a great free

Plus, if you “win” there are lots of freebies and discounted stuff you can get from their partners! This can be anything from discounted products and services, to free memberships or trials of products or services!

While we aren’t a sponsor of NaNoWriMo, we would like to offer a 20% discount on all

Happy Writing!

(Be sure to check back tomorrow for a post on different tools you can use while going through NaNoWriMo!) 

If you have any questions, be sure to comment down below or hit us up on Twitter at @redpenofdoom15.

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