NaNo Writing Hub

Noveling can be hard―getting help should be easy! Look here for all the extra inspiration and guidance you may need:

viking logo

On this page

Current Events

Pep Talks

NaNoWriMo Videos

NaNoWriMo Blog

Print Your Novel

Digital Flair

Current Events

National Novel Writing Month kicks off on November 1! Announce your novel from the dashboard, and get some last-minute planning done with our NaNo Prep resources. The world needs your novel... 

Check out NaNo Prep!

Other annual events:
NaNo Prep in September and October, National Novel Writing Month in November, "Now What?" in January and February, Camp NaNoWriMo in April and July, and our Summer Writing Program. Plus, learn more about year-round writing

To see what time an event starts in your time zone, click into the event, then click "copy to my calendar".

Pep Talks

Pep talks are inspirational letters written by well-known authors during NaNoWriMo. Look for them in Breaking News throughout the month of November, and find our past favorites in the Pep Talk Archive

You can also download our favorite printable pep talks or illustrated pep talk quotes.

Our 2018 YWP Pep Talks, Interviews, and Videos

author photo

Rebecca Stead has written four books for kids: the Newbery medal-winning When You Reach Me, First Light, Liar & Spy, and Goodbye Stranger. (She's also co-written a book, Bob, with the truly lovely writer Wendy Mass.) She lives in New York City, where she grew up, with two close-to-grown-up kids. 

Read Rebecca's YWP Pep Talk Interview in Breaking News!

author photo

Alex London's young adult debut, Proxy, was an American Library Association Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers and included on their 2014 Best Fiction For Young Adults list. His newest young adult novel, Black Wings Beating, starts an epic fantasy trilogy that has been called “a must read”, “unputdownable” and “unapologetically queer.” 

Watch Alex's YWP Pep Talk Video in Breaking News!

author photo

Annie Barrows wrote the first book in her children’s series, Ivy + Bean, in 2006. This title, an ALA Notable Book for 2007, was followed by nine others. A novel for older children, The Magic Half, was published by BloomsburyUSA in 2008. Its sequel, Magic in the Mix, came out in 2014. Annie lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters. 

Watch Annie's YWP Pep Talk Video in Breaking News!

author photo

Ali Benjamin's debut novel The Thing about Jellyfish was a National Book Award for Young People's Literature finalist in 2015 and a New York Times best seller. Look for her newest book, The Next Great Paulie Fink, in 2019. She lives with two kids, Merrie (14) and Charlotte (9), her husband, and dog.

Read Ali's YWP Pep Talk in Breaking News!

Our 2018 NaNoWriMo Pep Talks

author photo

Andy Weir built a career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, The Martian, allowed him to live out his dream of writing full time. He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects such as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He lives in California.

Read Andy's Pep Talk in Breaking News!

author photo

Justina Ireland lives with her husband, kid, dog, and cats in Pennsylvania. She is the author of Vengeance Bound, Promise of Shadows, and Dread Nation, which is a New York Times bestseller and has received six starred reviews. Her most recent book is the middle grade novel Lando’s Luck, a Star Wars Story.

Read Justina's Pep Talk in Breaking News!

NaNoWriMo Videos

Look to the NaNoWriMo YouTube channel for fun writing videos jam-packed with advice. Subscribe to our channel to never miss a video!

Visit the NaNoWriMo YouTube channel!

NaNoWriMo Blog

Explore the NaNoWriMo blog for tons of useful advice (and more inspiration than you can shake a freshly sharpened pencil at). Read the most recent post, or filter using a tag. Check out some suggestions below:

#Young Writers Program,  #Inspiration,  #Writing Prompts,  #Writing Advice

NaNoWriMo Blog

Print Your Novel

blurb logo

You wrote a novel—now print it! We've partnered with Blurb, a self-publishing company, to offer YWP participants a special NaNoWriMo landing page, a free ISBN, and 30% off your first order. Plus, 15% of your purchase goes to support the always-free YWP!

Read our how-to suggestions, or print your novel now!

NaNoWriMo Flair

Declare your commitment to your novel on your social media profiles! Get your friends on board to encourage (and nag) you throughout the month. Click on the im

Plus, find more flair—including T-shirts, sweatshirts, notebooks, scarves, hats, and mugs—in the NaNoWriMo store.

5-Day Streak Badges:

Facebook Cover:

NaNoWriMo Banner

Profile or Instagram Image:

NaNoWriMo Profile Photo

Writer Certificate: Download the PDF file, and fill in the certificate fields on the computer or by hand.