November Challenge - NaNoWriMo

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It's November and for all you writers out there, practicing and aspiring, it is time for NaNoWriMo

What is NaNoWriMo?  For the uninitiated, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. Beginning in 1999, NaNoWriMo set a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with a first draft of that book that they have been working on or even just thinking about. They start the month as teachers, booksellers, engineers, plumbers, or stay-at-home parents. They end the month as novelists.

In 2006, NaNoWriMo became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and extended its writing workshops and outreach around the world.  

In 2022:

  • 413,295 writers participated in our programs, including 85,000 students and educators in the Young Writers Program.
  • 791 volunteer Municipal Liaisons guided 671 regions on six continents.
  • 1,038 libraries, bookstores, and community centers supported novelists through our Come Write In program.
  • 378,264 writing goals were set and tracked using our site tools, including 83,000 on the Young Writers Program website.
  • 51,670 writers met goals to become NaNoWriMo winners, including 21,326 young writers.


So, this November, why not join the ranks of aspiring writers and see where your pen takes you.  As their website states, "Every Story Matters. Let's Start Writing Yours". And did I mention, its FREE to sign up and participate?  

Don't wait! Get started today and join the network of writers working to make sure that all stories find a place in our world and in our hearts.