National Novel Writing Month 2020

NaNoWriMo 2020 artwork - four people writing in their homes

November is National Novel Writing Month, affectionately known as NaNoWriMo. This seat-of-your-pants personal challenge started with a small group of friends in 1999 and last year, the 20th Anniversary year, over 455,000 people participated. 

So what is this? NaNoWriMo is a personal writing challenge to complete a 50,000 word draft in just 30 days. It sounds daunting, but it's about 1,667 words per day.

Why would anyone do this? It's an excellent motivator and encourages a daily writing habit. Plus, you can (virtually) meet other writers in your area so as to not go it alone. NaNoWriMo also provides resources to help you prepare. The library has resources as well.

Does NaNoWriMo keep what I write? Nope. Write on your own and report your word count through the NaNoWriMo website. Once you've reached 50,000 words, you'll paste your work into a validation tool but it's not saved or viewed by anyone.

What do I win? Namely, bragging rights. Also, generous donors offer digital goodies, such as discounts on writing software, trials for writing sites, and more.

How can I learn more or sign up? Learn more at NaNoWriMo's about page. Sign up at

Below, Shaelin from Reedsy discusses the reasons why you should or shouldn't participate in NaNoWriMo.

Why You Should (Or Shouldn't) Do NaNoWriMo 2020