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Discussions and celebrations of the NaNoWriMo book covers created as part of the graphic design marathon known as "30 Covers, 30 Days."
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NaNo Tips & Strategies

Don't know what to name your main character's third uncle? Have a place that needs a better moniker than "MC's Home Town"? Can't find the title that will make your novel a bestseller? Appellation Station is the place where all of our naming experts gather.
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Whether you can't figure out why your villain is unrelatable, or need to know what job would best suit a fairy looking to pay her way through college, this is your home for all things character.
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Outlining your novel? Pantsing or Planning? November is fast approaching! Come here to talk about prepping, outlining, and other tasks leading up to November!
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Is your story running out of steam? Are your plot holes so wide you can drive a bus through them? Let our team of literary technicians get your book back on the right footing. Paving over plot holes since 2002.
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What actually does relate to the price of cheese in China? How many cats can you fit in a coffin? Why does the ABC song and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star have the same tune? You have a research question. Someone in here has an answer.
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The nuts, bolts, and other mechanical workings of writing. Topics include: outlines, grammar, vagaries of spelling, using other languages in your text, choosing a POV, and stylistic concerns. [All Ages Forum]All Ages Forum
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For those who make worlds from scratch, we support you. Get help with the ecosystems of your fantasy world, the engineering of your faster-than-light spaceship, or the architecture of Everytown, USA.
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Mechanics, Logistics, and Other Technical Stuff:

Is there something the FAQ didn't cover that you just have to have an official ruling on? This is the place where the detail-oriented gather to ponder the fine print. [All Ages Forum]All Ages Forum
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Share your comments and ideas for the nanowrimo.org site and NaNo forums so we can continue improving them! [All Ages Forum]All Ages Forum
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Is something screwy with the site? Want to report a bug or check the status of things we're working on? Need to know how something works? Check here first... chances are we've got answers! [All Ages Forum]All Ages Forum
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Life During NaNo

An all-ages, safe corner to talk about life during NaNoWriMo. [All Ages Forum]All Ages Forum
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Going for an ultramarathon? Hit 50K and haven’t found the finish line? Keep writing! This is the home for your and your fellow overachievers.
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For attendees of the Night of Writing Dangerously in San Francisco: All your plans for Fundraising Dangerously, Sightseeing Dangerously, Hotel-Sharing Dangerously, and Writing Dangerously.
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Your laptop won’t boot, the coffee pot is empty, and your cat refuses to move off of the keyboard. This is the premier support group for novelists in distress.
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Everything from deep spiritual wisdom to down-and-dirty word-count tricks to help keep that book moving along towards the 50K finish line.
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Hit a milestone and have people you’d like to thank? Want to send a shoutout to everyone who’s been there too? Release your inner joy, and declare your victories to the world!
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Unexpected success stories from the frantic novel-writing front.
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Go mano-a-nano with other Wrimos to boost your word count & productivity. Step inside and get those creative juices flowing.
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Resources & Writing Support

All the adoptables you could ever need. Find an abandoned plot, a character, a title, or even a catchphrase at your One-Stop Adoption Shop!
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A map of the parts of the world where amateur novelists are loved, admired, and given free shrimp dinners. Share your favorite resources and writerly websites.
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Make or find a NaNo word-count calendar, get signature banner creation help, share your fabulous art, and discuss the fine nuances of cover art generation!
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From polka to punk, music is the most powerful writing stimulant available without a prescription. What CDs do you rely on for writing inspiration? And what are your characters listening to?
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PC? Smart phone? Typewriter? Tablet? Smoke signals? What technology and software (or lack thereof) are you going to use to write your novel this year?
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Are you tapping out your tome on Twitter? Facebook-ing your book? Share your #hashtags, your handles, and your tips for plugged-in writers here.
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Too many ideas to choose between? Not sure which of your characters should fall into a coma? Put it up for a vote!
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Genre Lounges

Forbidding locales, extreme quests, and of course... ninjas. These are stories of challenges.
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Provocative subjects, secret meetings, and sensual tales. Where writers leave little to the reader's imagination, and the characters wear even less.
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If you're cross at your crossover, saddened by your ship, or in need of consultation on canon, come here to connect with your fellow fanfiction writers.
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Other realms unlike our own, where the only limit is your imagination. These are stories in which magic is commonplace and fantastical creatures abound.
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Taking a trip through time without the benefit of a time machine? Writing alt-history about Napoleon’s underpants? Come here to pick other historical fiction writers’ brains about how to dress your nineteenth century cowboy, or house your prehistoric explorer!
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Danger lurks in every sentence—these terrifying tales will leave your hands trembling as you reach for your keyboard and tap up the tension.
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Scribbling along the sexuality spectrum? Going beyond the gender binary? This is the place to discuss such delightful diversity!
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Grapple with stories where the human condition is the point.
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Like to keep it real? This is the home for plot-driven stories you can read in a single sitting. Real world, realistic people, realistic situations... but still fiction!
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The butler invites you into this forum where the mystery writers are gathering to find out who-done-it. He has announcement to make: only one of you will leave…
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Whether you’re writing inspiring religious fiction, or an exploration of spirituality, this is your home to ponder the meaning of it all.
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The young novelist thought she had everything she wanted… until this handsome forum walked into her life and changed everything forever.
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So a novelist walks into a bar. Thankfully, it was dull, or they’d have a new plot point!
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Interplanetary travel, cyborgs, or extreme technology. Test the outer bounds of science with a fly-by from an Unidentified Fictional Object.
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Your home for telling tall tales with the Chick Literati or weaving a heartfelt homage to the challenges of being a modern woman.
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Writing about young people? Come compare notes on guiding your characters through growing up with your fellow writers.
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For those who answered "none of the above." If you can’t find your niche elsewhere, have we got the forum for you!
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NaNo Groups

A gentle way to start your NaNoWriMo experience. Come in and introduce yourself and your project. If you're a veteran, stop by and offer your encouragement. There's no such thing as a stupid question, or a stupid novel.
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The place for libraries and bookstores to share tips, tricks, and questions about hosting NaNoWriMo events!
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Welcome to the adult site, kids! When you graduate from the YWP, it can be overwhelming to get used to the main site. Here you can find your friends, and meet up with other alumni to exchange advice!
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Writing a novel as a teenager? Gather here to talk about the special challenges of balancing school and NaNo work, and discuss the perpetual problem of getting parents to understand your quest for 50K! [All Ages Forum]All Ages Forum
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Your twenties are full of possibility. What better time to create entire worlds on the page? Congregate, congratulate, and commiserate with your crew here.
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A little corner for those who are just a little older, maybe not any wiser, but definitely in this together.
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Pull up a chair, and rest with your fellow grown-ups. Truth is: 50-and-overs have the highest win rates in NaNoWriMo.
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Whether you’re on active duty, serving overseas, or a military spouse writing while your SO is deployed, we have a haven for you right here. Thanks for your service!
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College life presents its own challenges to the active novelist. Find tips and tricks for surviving lectures while meeting your word count.
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You’re writing a memoir, an essay, a comic, or something else that's not a novel. Come join the NaNo Rebels and converse with your fellow outlaws here.
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Wild about the latest book-to-movie adaptation? Disappointed in an author's new offering? Here's a place to rave or rant.
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MMORPG buddies and gamers can form ad hoc threads here and chat about avatars and noveling. World of Warcraft, Second Life, Everquest, Sims, Skyrim, Pokemon... Texas Hold 'em Poker. Plan your strategies here.
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A comfy place for writerly groups doing NaNoWriMo en masse. This is the place to create a thread for any loose-knit group taking part in the NaNo escapade together.
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I Wrote a Novel, Now What?

Looking for feedback on your manuscript? Have a stubborn paragraph that just won't punctuate properly? How about a query letter that needs polishing before you send it off? You'll find tons of help here; just be sure to read the guidelines before posting!
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Withdrawal symptoms? You’re not alone. This is just the place to pass the time before the next National Novel Writing Month.
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Because you’re not done yet. Revise, rewrite, proof, edit, submit, and publish! Venture inside to find the tools for the next step in your writing adventure!
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What will you explore in the coming year? What big, fun, scary adventures are you taking on? Don't wait for New Year's, start now! Let’s tackle those dragons together.
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Outside The Box

Because it doesn't fit anywhere else.
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Are you still missing Script Frenzy? Hang out here to discuss the trials and joys of writing a script!
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Our own little swap meet where NaNoWriMo participants get a stall to spread the word about their just-released book, sell off their old laptop, share their not-for-profit projects, or sing the praises of their writing blog.
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If there's one thing more fun than working on your novel in November, it's not working on your novel in November. Come here for a relaxing mental vacation full of bumping, egregiously erroneous information, movie-title tag, word-association, and much, much more.
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Build worlds, try on characters, and weave together new plots with the many interesting (and interestingly-dressed) fellow writers in this forum.
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Camp NaNoWriMo

Questions about the offers our helpful and adventurous Camp sponsors are offering to Wrimos? Post 'em here!
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Having trouble making cabins work? Can't get your profile to behave? If you're having trouble with the Camp NaNoWriMo website, post here for help! [All Ages Forum]All Ages Forum
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