How It Works

Sign up, then follow these steps:

1. Create your novel.

Head to   My Novel   to get going. Your aim: a 50,000-word rough draft in the 30 days of November.

My Novel

2. Earn badges.

You earn badges by interacting with the NaNoWriMo community. Use   My NaNo   to jump-start your noveling network.

My Nano

3. Get inspired.

We have plenty of resources to spur you on. Find them via   Inspiration  . (We especially suggest NaNo Prep and our encouraging pep talks by well-known authors.)

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4. Start writing.

Starting on November 1, update your word count via the header menu:

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5. Validate your novel.

Starting on November 20, paste the full text of your novel to win. Click the trophy badge in
  My Novel   to start the validation process.

Validate Your Novel

Bonus Steps!