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Or National Novel Writing Month [ nan-oh-rahy-moh ]

What is NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo is the popular short way of referring to National Novel Writing Month, a month-long writing challenge.

The traditional challenge of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words of a new novel. However, some people simply use it as an opportunity to devote time to writing a novel (either a new one or a work in progress) or just to make some time to write.

Many people chronicle and discuss their progress online, often using the hashtag #NaNoWriMo.

The name NaNoWriMo is also used as the name of the nonprofit organization that was established to promote the challenge and to encourage writing and creativity among young people.

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Read about tips for how to start writing a book.

✏️When is NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo takes place each year during November.

Related words

National Native American Heritage Month

Where does NaNoWriMo come from?

The event that became known as NaNoWriMo was started in July 1999 as a writing challenge in which participants submitted their results for verification—with those who wrote 50,000 words or more being deemed “winners.” The challenge was moved to November in 2000. Participants now track their own progress.

Examples of NaNoWriMo

Three weeks until #NaNoWriMo! So little time do get everything done... Why do I do this to myself? I still have four novels from previous years still in first draft stage!
@avocene, October 10, 2021
SPOILERS AHEAD. I am taking part in #NaNoWriMo this year with my WIP, Take A Chance. I’m keeping my cards close to my chest, but here’s my teaser/mood board for it.
@bohoteawrites, October 8, 2021
Yep—it’s National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. People who are crazy ambitious enough to accept the challenge aim to write 50,000 words in November, which is about 1667 words every day.
Stacy Conradt, Mental Floss, November 5, 2015

Who uses NaNoWriMo?

Did you know … ?

  • Writing 50,000 words during the 30 days of November averages out to about 1,667 words per day.
  • Hundreds of thousands of people have participated in NaNoWriMo since the first event in 1999, which had 21 participants.
  • Many novels written during NaNoWriMo have been published, including many notable ones, such as The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

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