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Posted by: Tim Kim on 02/29/2016

Grow your creativity at Camp NaNoWriMo.

Camp NaNoWriMo 2016With spring around the corner, it's time to roll up your sleeves and gather the tools you'll need to plant your new story ideas. 

Wherever you live—whether you’re in the world's largest city or a suburban neighborhood or miles from your nearest neighbor—nurture your writing project at Camp NaNoWriMo this April.

Posted by: Tim Kim on 01/19/2016

The Map to the Year for 2016

We've got an epic year ahead. We all know our stories matter, but now it's time to walk the walk, and commit to a year full of creativity.

From the "Now What?" Months that focus on editing and publishing, to Camp NaNoWriMo where you can write any project, novel or not—we're filling the year ahead to the brim with creativity.

Posted by: Rebecca Stern on 12/15/2015

NaNoWriMo is over! Project for Awesome is over! What's next?

Thank you for showcasing your overall fantastic-ness during Project for Awesome. So what's next? The survey, the "Now What?" months, and Camp NaNoWriMo, that's what!

Posted by: Rebecca Stern on 12/03/2015

Participant Pep from Charles

Charles

I’ve participated in National Novel Writing Month three times before this year, and each time, I’ve had a different feeling on December 1. As a seventh grader taking on the famous challenge just three years ago, I felt overwhelmed with accomplishment and satisfaction that I had written my very first novel, and so I immediately headed to a free self-publisher to put my name in print. As an eighth grader in my second year, I felt that I had just barely won an intense battle with writer’s block and was much more proud of my own perseverance than in the words on the page. And in ninth grade, while I reached my word-count goal, I felt as if I had lost a poorly-fought battle, and was not nearly as excited about writing as two years prior.
 
The more I look back on my years of doing NaNoWriMo, the more I realize that no two NaNo experiences will ever be the same. Winners or losers, we’ve all won our own incredible experience.

Posted by: Tim Kim on 12/01/2015

Now what?

December is here, and over at NaNoWriMo HQ, we're experiencing a mess of emotions. There's some relief, a bunch of sadness, some sleepiness, and a ton of awe at what y'all have done this past November.

This month, you made a commitment to your creativity. Year after year, we've seen how you've changed the world, one story at a time. Because of you, we know how powerful stories can be. They can lead to incredible communities being born, to classrooms being transformed, to people all around the world feeling a little less alone.

So, November is over... but we're not quite finished yet.

Posted by: Tim Kim on 11/30/2015

Writing "The End"

It's the final day of NaNoWriMo 2015! We don't want to keep you away from your novel too long, but a few quick announcements about last day festivities:

Posted by: Rebecca Stern on 11/25/2015

Participant Pep from Georgia

Georgia

It was mid-October in Canada and the chill bit at me, on my arms and around my ankles. The man hopped onto his bike, and I tried my best to ignore the annoying, vaguely familiar pop music that flooded my ears. In a few minutes, he would pedal off into the distance, and we would follow behind on foot. They called the person who guided us through the course a "rabbit" and I absent-mindedly wondered if that made each of us an "Alice."

Posted by: Tim Kim on 11/24/2015

Pep Talk from Kate Schatz

Kate Schatz

Dear Writer,

I know, I know, I knooooooow. It’s So Hard, isn’t it? You’re sitting there, at your small, sleek, rectangular machine (inside of which lives all the knowledge ever, every song ever recorded, and approximately 8,989,003,200 cat videos) and you’re struggling to reach some arbitrary “word count” so you can reach some “goal” about some “novel” because you’re, like, some kind of “writer” or whatever.

Posted by: Rebecca Stern on 11/23/2015

Participant Pep from Samantha

Samantha

It’s week four. You’re tired, you’re plagued with self-doubt (What if I don’t finish in time?), and your novel is growing harder and harder to write. You’re probably considering giving up. Trust me, I’m feeling it too. But you can’t give up, and I’m here to tell you why.

Posted by: Rebecca Stern on 11/18/2015

Educator Pep from Nate

Nate

You’re staring at the blinking cursor on your screen, doubtful that you will make your daily word-count goal.
 
Again.
 
“Why did I ever decide to do this?” you mutter under your breath. “This month was destined to end in failure!”
 
The cursor keeps on blinking.
 
Mocking you.
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