How Does NaNoWriMo Work for Young Writers?


Sign Up

1. Sign up for NaNoWriMo, and be sure to register as a "Young Writer."



My NaNoWriMo

2. Fill in your profile information. Click on "My NaNoWriMo" and you'll see three options on the left-hand menu bar:



Word Count Goal

3. Set the word-count goal for your novel. Click on "My NaNoWriMo" "Edit Novel Info"

  • If you're not sure of your target, try our new Word-Count Goal Calculator!
  • Note: The deadline for changing your word-count goal is 11:59 PM (your local time) on November 19, before winning starts.



Time Zone

4. Set your time zone. Click on "My NaNoWriMo" "Edit Author Settings"



Resources Menu

5. Use our Resources for Young Writers. This is where you'll find pep talks, workbooks, flyers, web badges, and helpful links. You can also find out how to meet fellow novelists.



November 1

6. On November 1, begin writing your novel on your computer or with a pen and paper.



Write Like Crazy

7. Write like crazy. When you're not noveling, look for regular pep talks and news updates to keep you motivated.



Update Your Word Count

8. Update your word count throughout November. Click on "My NaNoWriMo" "Edit Novel Info"



Validate Your Word Count

9. Starting on November 20, validate your word count. Click on "My NaNoWriMo" "Edit Novel Info", and paste the full text of your novel in the Word Count Validator. If it meets your goal, you win!

  • Note: You must complete this step by 11:59 PM (your local time) on November 30 in order to officially win.



December 1!

10. On December 1, celebrate your month of noveling. Collect your winner or participant certificate, and check out the "I Wrote a Novel! Now What?" page. Most importantly, congratulate yourself on a job well done.



And that's it! If you have any additional questions, check our FAQs or send us a message.

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