National Novel Writing Month

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Name: National Novel Writing Month
Date(s): 1999-present
Profit/Nonprofit: Non-profit
Country based in: US/International
Focus: Creative writing and literacy
External Links: http://nanowrimo.org
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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an annual online challenge to write 50,000 words in the month of November. Many writers set their own word goals above and beyond the base 50,000 word challenge. Other writers engage in friendly competitions to see who can write the most words in the shortest time, with some people reaching 50,000 within the first 24 hours.

During the month, writers are encouraged to attend local Write-In meet-ups, where they can discuss their writing and the unique difficulties of the challenge, as well as get to know other local writers and (usually) consume enormous amounts of coffee. Word Wars, where everyone tries to write as much as they can within a short time limit, are a standard feature of Write-Ins, designed to help writers get over blocks and meet their daily word goals.

The challenge was first run in 1999, and has since expanded to include local writing groups all over the world. Writers who sign up at the official website can "win" by submitting their novel before the deadline to have its word count verified. The challenge is not purely fannish, but many fanfiction writers participate, and there is no distinction made between fanfic and Original Fiction when it comes to winning the challenge.

National Novel Writing Month is a registered non-profit organization which also runs a Young Writers program and Camp NaNoWriMo for those who have more time to write in the summer.

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