NaNoWriMo: Time to Write!

NaNoWriMo: Time to Write!

November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. It is meant to inspire aspiring writers to sit down and get their thoughts on a page without worrying about editing or perfection. There is even a website and organization for the event.

The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel from November 1- November 30. Simply create a profile on the website, select your region, and get writing! There is constant motivators for milestones reached, keeping the creative juices and inspiration flowing.

The non-profit organization also offers pep talks from published authors, tips on how to prepare your November novel, and other tools to benefit anyone who feels passionate enough about writing to take on the task of writing a full length novel.

There were 445,179 participants across six continents in 2016. Your story matters! Get Writing! Click here for more info and to register!


Just write!

Don’t worry about getting everything down perfectly the first time. Grammar can be fixed, stories can be changed, and there is always a chance to go back and add more. “You can always edit a bad page, but you can’t edit a blank page.”


If you have a story idea in mind, make a loose outline to give yourself a sense of direction on where to take your work. You don’t have to adhere to it (more than likely you will veer from it), but it is always good to have some form of foundation before starting.

Set goals:

Writing a novel is hard work. It takes an enormous amount of patience and dedication. In order to keep yourself motivated, set daily goals so you can see the progress being made. 1400 words a day sounds a lot easier than 50,000 words a month.


After NaNoWriMo is over, share your work! Share with friends, family, teachers, and if you’re feeling ambitious, share with a publisher. You never know who might find your work interesting.

If you are participating in NaNoWriMo and follow the Bitter Student, submit your excerpts for our month-long series on the event for publication. Note: not all submissions will be published. Only one submission will be published per week. Number may vary based on amount of submissions.

Submission Guidelines:

1,000-1,500 words

Original work

Completed during the NaNoWriMo event


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