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Posted by: Chris Angotti on 03/05/2014

Camp NaNoWriMo is coming!

You're invited to Camp NaNoWriMo, running this April and July!

We first imagined Camp simply as an off-season alternative to National Novel Writing Month, but it's evolved into much more than that: writers choose their own projects—from novel sequels to scripts to pop-up books—and find cabin communities (and often new friends) to support them.

We're proud to include young writers aged 13 and older. Camp has flexible word-count goals (10,000 to 999,999), just like the YWP.

Posted by: Chris Angotti on 12/10/2013

What's next for your novel?

Promo codes for self-publishing are now available on your winner's page!

Plus, get ready for what's next. Check out "I Wrote a Novel! Now What?" for revision tips, plus information on CreateSpace's self-publishing opportunity for NaNo winners.

After you plan your novel's future, help us consider NaNoWriMo 2014. Complete our annual young writer survey by December 31 to share your noveling experience and your ideas to help us improve the program.

Posted by: Chris Angotti on 12/04/2013

Winner Goodies = Tuesday, December 10!

Because of the late U.S. Thanksgiving this year, many of our YWP classroom participants weren't able to validate their novels by November 30. We're currently manually validating so everyone's hard work is celebrated.

While you have access to your winner page right now, we'll be postponing the upload of winner codes for self-publishing to Tuesday, December 10.

Thanks for your understanding!

Posted by: Chris Angotti on 12/02/2013

Participant Pep from Mary Collins

Mary CollinsWelcome to December! We'll be in touch later this week about winner goodies and post-noveling resources. Until then, we leave you with one last participant pep talk—this time about rest and revision.

Posted by: Chris Angotti on 11/30/2013

You inspire us!

One more pep talk for the last day, on behalf of the entire NaNoWriMo staff. We’re proud to work with the most dedicated young writers in the world. Read this, then get ready to win!

Posted by: Chris Angotti on 11/28/2013

Pep Talk from Dan Krokos

Dan KrokosDear Wrimos,

Did you know that only five percent of people who start a novel make it to the end? I have no idea if that's true, but I heard it somewhere, and it sounds about right. I'd believe one percent, too. We all know why: because writing a novel is super-hard.

Posted by: Chris Angotti on 11/26/2013

Pep Talk from Sharon G. Flake

Sharon G. FlakeDear Novelists,

Okay, so I will admit it. During my 20s, when I was writing off and on, I could not abide reading some of the most gifted authors on the planet. Toni Morrison, for one. I had read several of her novels in the past. How brilliant and rare a talent she is; each line makes you stop and marvel.

Posted by: Chris Angotti on 11/25/2013

Participant Pep from Immanuel

Hello Writers,

At the beginning of the year, there were an estimated 1,019,729.6 words in the English language, with a new word being created every 98 minutes. I am sure you have used many of these words this November. However, there is one word that does not exist in writing: limitation.

Posted by: Chris Angotti on 11/23/2013

Participant Pep from Tai

Tai ReichleWrimos,

I should be here to give some advice. But I don't feel like doing that. Instead, I think I'll brag. Not about writing, as you may expect. Not even about something positive. In fact, my bragging will serve as a cautionary tale.

I am the world's premier procrastinator.

Posted by: Chris Angotti on 11/21/2013

Pep Talk from Marie Lu

Marie LuHey Wrimos,

You're past the halfway mark. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and you can see the faintest glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. But you can barely breathe. Your brain feels sore. Things might be getting a little rough, right?

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