NaNoWriMo on Figment!

Figs, start your novel-writing engines. November is National Novel Writing Month, that auspicious time each year when writers around the country (and world!) commit to completing an entire novel in a mere 30 days. Last year, 250,000 writers participated, collectively logging a staggering 3,134,985,183 words. (Check out the history of NaNoWriMo here.)

We’re crazy about NaNoWriMo because it creates a spirit of community among writers everywhere, and because the effort to meet daily word count goals has a liberating effect, freeing you from that pesky inner editor. (Be quiet, inner editor!)

And since so many of you are clearly primed for some serious NaNoWriMo excitement, we’ve teamed up with the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program to bring you a host of NaNo-centric festivities. Here’s how you can get involved:

Sign up at the YWP site for resources to plan your novel, count your words, and keep you inspired all month long.

-Starting November 1, keep your novels-in-progress updated on Figment, and be sure to tag them NaNoWriMo11. You’ll be rewarded with a fancy new badge . . .

-Head over to Groups to join our Official 2011 NaNoWriMo/Figment Group, where you can discuss your novel writing processes, share and workshop sections of your novels, share writing break distractions, and generally commiserate about the alternately arduous and exhilarating process of writing a novel in a month. Figment and NaNo admins will be dropping in regularly to share words of encouragement. The group is listed as private, but anyone can request access, so don’t be shy!

Handpicked Figs: Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout November, we’ll highlight your burgeoning NaNoWriMo novels on the Figment homepage as Handpicked Figs.

NaNoWriMo library: Then, when you’re all done, in December, we’ll highlight your hard work through a dedicated NaNoWriMo page where you can read the November novels written by you and your fellow Figs.

29 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo on Figment!

  1. I created a short prologue for my NaNoWriMo novel, so I HOPE that is not cheating… Waiting until the thing starts to write more…

    • It’s not cheating if you don’t put the prologue into your NaNo wordcount. So. You can write as much as you want before hand, it just can’t be part of the 50 000 new words you are meant to write.

  2. Uh question: What happens if we don’t finish it in time? Because the longest thing I’ve written in about a month was only 30k words, and I think I was all worded out at that point.

    • You just do the best you can! That’s the whole point…you push yourself to write, and whether or not you write the word mark, you’ve still probably written more than ever before! 🙂

  3. I hope this isn’t cheating…. I wrote and participated in NaNo in 11 and 12, writing two variations of the novel I have now. Can I still use it, because since then I have written more, changed and edited and all other jazzy stuff…

    • Hi, I’m not sure what you’re comment is in reference to. This program took place on Figment in the fall of 2011 and is no longer an active event. It’s great that you’re continuing to update the novel and that’s definitely in the spirit of NaNoWriMo.

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