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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.

Posted by: Katharine Gripp on 07/02/2014

Participant Pep from Mollie

MollieFor July's Camp NaNoWriMo session, we invited a few of our amazing young writers to share some advice and encouragement with you each week. Here's our first, from Mollie in Pennsylvania.

Dear Writers,

Posted by: Chris Angotti on 06/04/2014

The Stories of Tomorrow Campaign

We write the stories of tomorrow.

In April, we asked you to help us make the Young Writers Program even better.

We wanted to know about the impact that NaNoWriMo has already had on you as a writer, plus how much more you could accomplish with the new website we plan to launch in 2015.

Thanks so much for all your amazing feedback. It helped refine our long-term plans and directly shaped our upcoming campaign for the new YWP site.

The Stories of Tomorrow campaign will run from June 9 to June 23. During that time, we hope to raise $50,000 from NaNoWriMo participants and other funders. All of that money will support the future of the YWP.

Posted by: Chris Angotti on 05/16/2014

We want your July pep talks.

Summer vacation is just around the corner! For some of you that may mean long days hanging out by the pool and chasing the ice cream truck down the street; for others, summer might mean finding a job or reading all the novels on your summer reading list.

Some of you may even have plans to hop on the bus to Camp NaNoWriMo in July to spend a month hiking up the word-count mountain to reach the summit of your novel, screenplay, or other creative project.

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.

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