My NaNoWriMo history


What is NaNoWriMo, anyway?
It's short for National Novel Writing Month, which is now a yearly event where aspiring writers are doing a writing challenge during November.

The challenge is to write a novel of 50 000 words of fiction between November 1st and 30th.
If you reach that goal, you are a Winner - the prize consists only of web graphics, though.

But the NaNoWriMo website offers more than that - it's a community of writers, complete with a forum where the participants can encourage each other, give tips on plot and character development, engage in "word wars", and generally have fun.

Do try it out! The forum is open in October - sign up early, so that you're ready to start writing at midnight, November 1st!

And no - if you're concerned about internet safety - you don't need to send your text over the internet. You can scramble your text before you send it in to have your word count validated. The site doesn't keep the text anyway - the writer retains the copyright to her own text and does what she wants with it.

Some writers have in fact used their November text as their first draft, and then edited it later and had it published with a publishing company. Find them on the NaNoWriMo website.

But in November, you don't edit. You shut up your inner critic and just write. You can edit in December.

the writer

So here's my own history as a NaNoWriMo participant:

Official NaNoWriMo 2004 Participant         NaNoWriMo 2007 Winner         Official NaNoWriMo 2008 Participant         Official NaNoWriMo 2009 Participant

And some graphs showing (come November) my current NaNoWriMo status

and my Progress Report


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