To win NaNoWriMo, you must write a 50, word novel—from scratch—in one month. To break it up, you have to write 1, words a day, every day, for thirty days straight. Here are five suggestions. I actually own this typewriter!
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Editing is essential. November is for writing. Your inner procrastinator may try to convince you otherwise, but there are only so many hours in November. Spend your time wisely by using a timer we like e. Set it for thirty minutes and see how many words you can write. Take a five minute break. Then, set it for another thirty minutes and see if you can beat your word count from last time. This is about mastering the craft of writing. Instrinsic motivation is always more powerful than extrinsic rewards, and becoming a master at something like writing is intrinsically good.
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By , , people participated different regions in NaNoWriMo. Of those participants, more than 40, won.
To win NaNoWriMo, participants must write an average of approximately 1, words per day in November to reach the goal of 50, words written toward a novel. Organizers of the event say that the aim is to get people to start writing, using the deadline as an incentive to get the story going and to put words to paper.
There is no fee to participate in NaNoWriMo; registration is only required for novel verification. No official prizes are awarded for length, quality, or speed, though self-awarded badges are available on the site. Anyone who reaches the 50,word mark is declared a winner. Beginning November 20, participants can submit their novel to be automatically verified for length and receive a printable certificate, an icon they can display on the web, and inclusion on the list of winners. Novels are verified for word count by software, and may be scrambled or otherwise encrypted before being submitted for verification, although the software does not keep any other record of text input.
It is possible to win without anyone other than the author ever seeing or reading the novel. In October , the self-publishing company CreateSpace teamed up with NaNoWriMo to begin offering winners a single free, paperback proof copy of their manuscripts, with the option to use the proof to then sell the novel on Amazon. In addition to CreateSpace, each year NaNoWriMo has a new list of sponsors that reward winners and participants with various discounts and prizes.
The official forums provide a place for advice, information, criticism, support, and an opportunity for "collective procrastination. Most regions have one or more Municipal Liaisons ML assigned to them, who are volunteers that help with organizing local events and mediate regional forums. MLs are encouraged to coordinate at least two kinds of meet-ups; a kickoff party, and a "Thank God It's Over" party to celebrate successes and share novels. Kickoff parties are often held the weekend before November to give local writers a chance to meet and get geared up, although some are held on Halloween night past midnight so writers start writing in a community setting.
Other events may be scheduled, including weekend meet-ups or overnight write-ins. It has been described as a "mid-November extravaganza of food, drink, and lots and lots of noveling". Every hour or so, a 10— minute "word war" is held in which the entire room falls almost completely silent with concentration, save for the sound of keystrokes. Whoever writes the most words in the allotted time frame is temporarily awarded the much-coveted flower pot hat.
If a guest reaches the goal of 50, words while at the event, they are allowed to ring a bell kept at the stage, and receive much cheering. There are lots of sponsors for this event, many of which are the donors of most of the raffle prizes. Starting in , NaNoWriMo ran a Laptop Loaner program for those without regular access to a computer or word processor. In , AlphaSmart, Inc. The difference between the regular program and the YWP was that kids could choose how many words to try to write.
The word count goal for a young writer can range from a few thousand words, to the adult-standard 50,, and even higher in some cases; a typical standard is around 30, In its inaugural year, the program was used in classrooms and involved students. Teachers register their classroom for participation and are sent a starter kit of materials to use in the class which includes reward items like stickers and pencils.
Lesson plans and writing ideas are also offered as resources to teachers, while students can communicate through the program's forums. The only age restriction on the YWP is that, in most circumstances, no one can be over When a user turns 18, they are sent to the main site; however, high school seniors who turn 18 during their senior year can remain in the program until graduation.
YWP has their own forums which anyone from can be on. In , NaNoWriMo partnered with child literacy non-profit Room to Read , and continued that partnership for three years. Fifty percent of net proceeds from to were used to build libraries in Southeast Asia; three were built in Cambodia , seven in Laos , and seven in Vietnam. The two months were then switched to April and July for and , and have stayed the same since.
The Camp NaNoWriMo website does not have forums, but participants may choose to join a group of up to 11 writers, called a cabin.
To participate, writers commit to revisit their novels, signing a contract via NaNoWriMo, then attend Internet seminars where publishing experts and NaNoWriMo novelists are available to advise writers on the next steps for their draft. After that, participants communicate on Twitter to compare editing notes and interact with agents and publishers. Participants stay updated with NaNoWriMo's blog where encouragement and advice are offered by authors, editors, and agents. Since , nearly NaNoWriMo novels have been published via traditional publishing houses and over novels have been published by smaller presses or self-published.
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