The NaNo News

Posted by: Chris Angotti on 11/25/2014

Participant Pep from Adelle

Participant Pep TalkerWell, my friends, it’s Week Four. You may or may not be close to your goal, but either way, you have put words to paper, and that in itself takes courage and perseverance. So no matter how far you are, go right now and do something to reward yourself. You’ve earned it.

Posted by: Chris Angotti on 11/19/2014

How to Win NaNoWriMo

Winning for NaNoWriMo starts on November 20!

Here's all the information you need to be sure your brilliant work gets officially validated.

Posted by: Chris Angotti on 11/18/2014

Participant Pep from Cooper

CooperDear fellow NaNo-ists,

It’s Week Three, and some of you are probably giving up hope that you’ll ever reach your word-count goal in time. You’re wondering why you signed up for this. Writing a novel in a month? How did you get talked into this?!

Posted by: Chris Angotti on 11/13/2014

Pep Talk from Tamora Pierce

Tamora PierceOkay. You’re at the point that marathon runners call “the wall.” It’s the one where you’ve run smack out of inspiration and your start-up excitement. It’s quit or finish and you’d really rather quit, but you have all these words, and friends, family, and those nasty people at school or the office are waiting to see if you’ll finish.

Posted by: Chris Angotti on 11/11/2014

Participant Pep from Piper


The second week of NaNo is here and right now, as you read this, Writer’s Block, Procrastination, and Poor Time Management are gathering in some dark, stereotypical villain hangout, plotting how to end your novel.

Posted by: Chris Angotti on 11/07/2014

Pep Talk from Veronica Roth

Veronica RothMy Dear NaNo-ers,

I don’t particularly like comparing novel writing to climbing a mountain, because it’s been done, but let’s face it: it works. Look at this fairly standard map of plot structure...

Posted by: Chris Angotti on 11/05/2014

Participant Pep from Jared

JaredHello, fellow writers!

It's November, and finally you've started working on your manuscript. And for the most part, everything is going great. Your characters are relatable, your setting is in place, and your plot isn't half bad either. You're writing, and it feels great.

Posted by: Chris Angotti on 10/31/2014

How to Get Started

NaNoWriMo officially begins on November 1 at 12:00 AM in your time zone. Have you done everything you need to do to be ready?

Posted by: Chris Angotti on 10/30/2014

Pep Talk from Kami Garcia

Kami GarciaIn October, you were busy plotting your novel, or—if you’re like me—pinning motivational quotes on your Pinterest boards. Now it’s almost November, and the plot that seemed perfect a month ago reminds you of Harry Potter or Star Wars, and those motivational quotes aren’t as motivating as you thought.

Posted by: Chris Angotti on 10/28/2014

Participant Pep from Eleanor

EleanorGreetings, fellow Wrimos!

I want to share with you something I’ve learned.

For years, I felt that writing was a tedious task only to be done when required. But then I realized something—this wasn’t my putting words down on paper so I could be done with it. It was a story.

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