Ready, Set, NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) started in 1999 and has become one of the biggest, mildly known events across the world. NaNoWriMo starts Nov. 1 and ends on 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 30.

From educators and students to out-of-work actors, NaNoWriMo welcomes everyone to write all month. Their website lets you keep track of your progress while writing a 50,000-word novel.

NaNoWriMo is a non-profit organization. Their mission statement from their website states, “National Novel Writing Month 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.”

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They promote the Young Writers Program, the Come Write In Program, and Camp NaNoWriMo.

To get started, first fill out a profile and add specific information like your home region and email preferences. After that, it is up to you to write your novel and earn badges by adding your word count on their website. They have many resources to help motivate you, such as pep talks from published authors like John Green and Veronica Roth. There are also chat rooms where you can have conversations with fellow writers involving your novels.

NaNoWriMo is expecting over 400,000 to participate this year. This includes 70,000 K-12 students and educators in the Young Writers Program. They will be guided by the theme, which is “Superpowered Noveling” this year. This is to inspire the writers to embrace the power of creative thoughts. This is NaNoWriMo’s 19th year.

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