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National Novel Writing Month

When is it?
The entire month of November; the site will be most active from November first, and you will be able to word count to "win" from November 25 through November 30 and get an awesome certificate!
Because NaNoWriMo happens on your time, you can write whenever you feel like it or have time to do so.

What is it?
Within the month of November, Chris Baty and the other members of the NaNoWriMo non-profit challenge you to write 50,000 words or more in the form short novel.

Why was it started, and why bother trying to attempt it?
In part, Chris Baty and the other founders first proposed NaNoWriMo to help preserve the written word. They were afraid that as electronic media rose, the printed word would die as an art form. However, the main reason to start NaNoWriMo was to encourage people to be creative and try to accomplish something few people ever do.
Because the timeline is so tiny in terms of reaching such a lofty word count, editing is on the backburner and you can produce some really laughable results! Plus if you succeed in reaching 50,000 in that time, you get a certificate, and maybe some additional perks!

Who attempts it?
Anyone who wants to. There are no limitations as to who can attempt it, and there are a ton of resources compiled by previous authors and participants to help people maximize their time and reach their novel writing goals.
Last year, there were 167,150 participants, 32,178 of which "won"

Where is it?
Anywhere you have access to a computer!
There are special "write-ins" at various locations around your local cities so you meet other people and get advice from other NaNoWriMo-ers! Just sign up at: and register to your local municipality to receive further information on these get-togethers

...if you don't know how to write at this point, you have issues
Here are some more resources to helped time-sensitive people win NaNoWriMo!



30 days
720 hours
43,200 minutes
2,592,000 seconds


  1. You could listen to approximately 10,800 songs assuming they are an average of 4 minutes (The Universality of Song Length?)

  2. The longest freestyle rap lasted 9 hr 18 min 22 sec and was achieved by Chidera "Chiddy" Anamege (USA) of the hip-hop duo "Chiddy Bang" at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, on 28 April 2011. Anamege performed the rap in conjunction with MTV's first annual "O Music Awards."
    You could listen to this approximately 75 times straight. Although you might have seen him in concert here on Oct 22!

    It has even inspired music videos

literary arts

  1. nanowrimo has you writing 50,000 words because it's a difficult but doable amount even for a full-time student:
    1667 words a day on average
    that's roughly 4-5 pages a day

  2. Author Sara Gruen wrote "Water for Elephants" (335 pages) for nanowrimo
    That's either 11 pages a day, OR
    She wrote 185 pages after Nanowrimo was over, which would have taken her roughly 37 days beyond Nanowrimo, or around the first week of January!
    The average book has approximately 400 words on every page, and the average reading speed is 250 words a minute. Using these rates, it would take the average reader approximately 10 hours to read her book, when it took her a month and a half to write it!


  1. You could watch the top 14 grossing movies of all time on loop 19.5 times (By The Numbers: The Length Of Feature Films)

  2. You could watch the average movie (produced in 2000-2010) 334 times


  1. The most taps in one minute was 1,163 and was achieved by Anthony Morigerato (USA) at Eleanor's School of Dance in Albany, New York, USA, on 23 June 2011.&emdash; he could tap 50,241,600 times during that time if he were to do it nonstop at that rate (Go here)

    One of the previous record holders

  2. The most swing dance flips in a minute are 39 and were achieved by Lourd Vijay (India) on the set of Guinness World Records - Ab India Todega in Mumbai, India, on 21 March 2011&emdash; he could do this 1,684,800 times during NaNoWriMo if he were to do it nonstop at that rate (Go here)

    Here's an example of what a swing dance flip could look like!

Cool Things

  1. Can meet new people by organized write-ins (regularly)
  2. Can track your progress and word count on the website
  3. "win" if you write 50,000 words
  4. See pep talks from famous writers
  5. Specific site geared towards helping university students complete nanowrimo:
  6. famous and popular books have been written as part of nanowrimo
  7. Some have even been made into movies!

  8. Corporate sponsorships have allowed participants to actually receive bound copies of their books in previous years!