It’s time to get your NaNoWriMo on!

What’s that you say? My what what what? Your NaNoWriMo I said!

November is the National Novel Writing Month, and is the place to be if you want to challenge yourself with this task. It’s a 30-day challenge to write an entire novel. Maybe you’ve been thinking about writing a book, or maybe (like myself) you have A TON of projects that you’d LOVE to finish. Well, this is the chance to join a lot of other people who are doing the same. They even have writing groups that you can meet up with if you’d like.

Here’s the simple 5 minute process (unless you want to get crazy with your profile or something) of being a part of this global event:

1) Go register for free at

2) Choose your region.

This is worldwide, so there’s a good chance they’ll have your location. I’m in Costa Rica right now, and although they didn’t have the specific country, they had “Central & South America: Elsewhere”



3) Fill out your profile.

You fill out your general details, but then you fill out other cool stuff like “favorite noveling music”! I love listening to certain types of music depending on what I’m writing. I didn’t realize they’ve had this challenge running since 1999! If you’ve participated before, you can fill in that info in your profile too. Be sure to click “Save” at the bottom after you fill out your profile.



4) Start writing!

Go to the link at the top that says “Create your novel now”.

You put in a title, a synopsis and an excerpt and start writing. They track your word count as you type. They also have an area where you can see the word count for your region so you can compete with other regions. Competition is always a motivator :-)

Even if you have never thought about writing a book, this could be a great opportunity to let your creative juices flow for a while. You never know what you might discover about yourself.

Also, if you have been thinking about writing an ebook, the folks over at Copyblogger have put together an EbookWriMo challenge. This is an easier way to ease into the writing game. Even if you can’t think of anything to write about, just start writing and see what happens.

  • Debbie Miller

    I was just chatting with a friend about this the other day! Are you going to do it? I’m considering it, but don’t really know what to write about yet.

    • JeffreyFriend |

      Hell yeah I am! I’m going to do the Copyblogger ebook one too (you should too for your site, it would be cool for your readers). I have zero idea what the novel will be about, but I’m just going to start writing and see what happens. I’m sure something will come out. It doesn’t have to be profound. I just want to get that process going. Why don’t you bust out a piece of paper, put on some headphones and start writing a ton of HORRIBLE ideas for a book. From that list, you will find your winner. This is actually a tool that people use believe it or not. Because within your “this is crap” creativity, something great will come of it.

      So are you going to do it or what??

      • Debbie Miller

        Sorry, I am just NOW getting all these Disqus notifications of comment responses I’ve never seen! Thanks for the feedback! I didn’t end up doing it, but it’s definitely a bucket list item for the near future.

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