Year-Round Writing FAQ

What happens after NaNoWriMo ends? Can I keep working on my novel? Can I start a new one?

You can continue working on your NaNoWriMo novel all year on the YWP site (but your badges and charts will no longer update). We encourage writers to continue editing and revising their work on our site.

Can I write a novel even if it’s not November?

You can work on a novel any time of year! You can participate in Camp NaNoWriMo in April or July, create a personal challenge for yourself and set your own word-count goal and timeline, or continue the project you already started (though the stats and charts won't update).

How can I start a personal challenge? 

Just click "Yes please" to accept the personal challenge invite from your Dashboard or View All Novels page. 

I'm an Educator. How can I set a challenge for my whole class?

You can set class-wide challenges any time of year (besides October and November, since that's official NaNo time), and use the same virtual classroom tools as during NaNoWriMo. Just go to the Challenges area of your virtual classroom to get started.  

What is Camp NaNoWriMo? How can I participate?

Camp NaNoWriMo is another writing challenge that happens in April and July. The rules are the same as NaNoWriMo in November: set a word-count goal, and write as much as you can throughout the month to reach your goal. We share motivational and practical messages from Camp Counselors in Breaking News, and the forums are active and ready to support you. Can't fit a novel into your November schedule? Then try Camp in April or July!

To participate in the Camp NaNoWriMo challenge, just accept the Camp invite from your Dashboard. The invite will go out a month before each session begins. If you click "No thanks," but then change your mind, go to your View All Novels page to accept the challenge instead.

I want to start a new novel, but I don't see the personal challenge box on my dashboard. Why?

Here's how the YWP site works: During the official NaNoWriMo season (October and November) we really want people to focus on their official NaNoWriMo projects. That means, you can't create a new personal challenge during those months, just your NaNoWriMo novel.

When the NaNo challenge ends on December 1, then you'll be able to create your own personal challenge from your Dashboard. Your NaNo novel will also be stored on site and you can keep working on it whenever you want.

Desperately want to start a new novel, but it's not December 1 yet? Here's our advice:

1. Raise your word-count goal on your current NaNo novel and focus on writing more of that story! If you've already reached your goal, it probably means your goal was too low, and you need more of a challenge to keep you writing throughout November.

2. If you just have to work on a new story, then for now, just start a new chapter of your NaNo novel and write your new story there. Make it a chapter if you want it to count towards your word-count goal, or make it a note if you don't. Even though NaNoWriMo is technically about writing one novel the whole month, it's okay to be a rebel. One year, I wrote a series of short stories for my NaNo project. I just stored them all in the same doc so their word-count added up together.