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Posted by: Chris Angotti on 10/22/2014

A little pre-NaNo advice...

Just over a week left until NaNo 2014! Your ideas are percolating, your fingers are itching to get started, and we're prepping some brand-new pep talks. While you wait for the kick-off, get yourself ready by checking out some pre-NaNo advice from last year's authors.

Posted by: Chris Angotti on 10/16/2014

30 Covers, 30 Days: An Introduction

Attention, Wrimos! Our annual 30 Covers, 30 Days event is commencing as we speak! In fact, update: it has already commenced. It’s happening. You are a part of it now. Surprise.

Posted by: Chris Angotti on 10/14/2014

Thank you, pep-talk contestants!

We asked for your words in this year’s participant pep-talk Contest and you delivered with aplomb! Thank you, everyone who entered! The contest is now closed, and we will contact this year’s selected participants this week.

Posted by: Chris Angotti on 10/09/2014

Preparing your NaNo Meal...

Despite my love for food (and eating food), I don’t always have the time to cook. When I do set out to make an elaborate dinner, I always do some prep work to ensure my meal will be complete.

You probably see where I’m going with this: novel writing, like making a large meal, is best when prepared step by step.

Posted by: Chris Angotti on 10/07/2014

Get ready for NaNoWriMo 2014!

October is here, fall is in the air, and we all know what that means (no, not Halloween or those pumpkin-shaped candy-corn things, although those are very important, too): it’s time to welcome you to our annual relaunch of the YWP website!

Posted by: Chris Angotti on 09/30/2014

Save your novels and forum posts!

We'll be relaunching our site for 2014 this week! All 2013 novels and forum posts will be archived and unavailable, so be sure to save what you need.

Nothing like a fresh start and a clean slate, we think. Stay tuned!

Posted by: Chris Angotti on 09/26/2014

Calling All Writers: The YWP Needs YOU!

It’s that time of year again, Wrimos! Your fingers are prepped, your notes are in order, and everyone you know is prepared to say goodbye to you until December 1. You are ready and eager to begin (or, you know, you’re prepared to be ready. Maybe. You’re thinking about being prepared to be ready).

Posted by: Chris Angotti on 07/24/2014

Participant Pep from Harper


At this point in the month, you're probably pretty done with everything. Your fingers hurt, your eyes hurt (turn down that computer screen brightness!), your plot has hit a wall. All remaining first-week enthusiasm is gone, replaced by the vague sense of doom. You can't do this. You'll never finish this darn novel. Why couldn't you just be out enjoying the summer like a normal person?

Posted by: Katharine Gripp on 07/16/2014

Participant Pep from Isis

Hey, fellow NaNoers!

Writing is a joy that many people don’t know about. I used to look down on writing as a strange occupation. When I was younger, books were something you read, not something you wrote. I can’t remember what possessed me to sit down and start doing this captivating thing, or why. I only remember that I fell in love with it.

Posted by: Katharine Gripp on 07/09/2014

Participant Pep from Jessica

Hello Fellow NaNoWriMo Participants,

Are you feeling the pressure of trying to reach your word count? Or maybe you’re still having trouble figuring out where to get started.

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