NaNoWriMo 2021

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This year, because of COVID concerns, NaNoWriMo is once again virtual. To quote the NaNoWriMo email newsletter:

Based on everything we have seen in the last month, and the unknowns that the Delta variant is contributing to an already precarious situation, we have made the decision that there will be no official in-person NaNoWriMo events again this year. This means that:

  • Our regional leaders (a.k.a. Municipal Liaisons, or MLs) will host virtual events via tools like Zoom, Google Meet, or Discord. (Make sure to join your local region to get the details for these events.)
  • In-person events should not be promoted on our website or forums. The “in-person” option for the events tool on the website will remain disabled. If you see promotion of an in-person event on our website or forums, please let us know through our contact form, and/or flag the forums post.
  • NaNoWriMo does not endorse any “non-sanctioned write-ins”. If anyone chooses to organize their own in-person events, independent of HQ and their regions’ MLs, and using tools outside of the NaNoWriMo website, they will assume all liability and responsibility for any such gathering.

NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month starts at Midnight November 1st (i.e. Halloween night after midnight). The goal is to write a 50,000 (50K) work novel in a month. The emphasis in on writing, not revising. The expectation is that you will write your novel, set it aside to give it and your brain a rest, and then revise in January or later.

50K words works out to writing approximately 1,667 words a day for the month of November.

Everyone who completes 50K words is a winner; you can display a nifty badge, and there are some killer discounts on various writerly things, like the Scrivener app, for those who duly register an account and word count at the official NaNoWriMo site.

The idea is not to actually start drafting or writing your novel until Nov 1. But you can take notes, create characters, plan, outline etc.

The site has a lot of resources; you should absolutely check it out. Some useful things:

The NaNo Prep 101 Guide is a super place to start.

What Is NaNoWriMo explains the basics.

See also the NaNoWriMo Young Writers resources, in or out of the classroom.