National Novel Writing Month, is an annual, Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November, also known as NaNoWriMo. Participants strive to write a 50,000-word manuscript between November 1 and November 30. You will have a complete or nearly complete first draft by the end of the month if you finish the challenge, but even if you don’t reach 50K you will have achieved so much more for trying. NaNo is not just about writing 50,000 words, it’s about finding your tribe. Pamlico Writers’ Group would like to be a part of your tribe! 

Has it really been 20 years? Yes, NaNoWriMo has been around since 1999! The first year there were 21 participants, fast forward to 2017 with 402,142 participants in this national challenge. Each year the participant numbers grow, as well as the number of winners. Winners you ask? Yes, you have a chance to win prizes with this challenge too. What better way could you possibly be motivated to write than to join a group of writers trying to achieve the same goal.

We want to encourage our followers, friends and members to reach their goals! Everyone needs a cheering squad. Let’s cheer each other to the finish line. If you want to be my buddy on NaNo, just look for Pamlico Writer. 

Join NaNoWriMo this November with the Pamlico Writers' Group! Begin your next project or complete your current project with this 50,000 word challenge. This annual writing project has the largest group of writers participating. You can find write-ins and events in nearby towns, and meet your fellow writers. You’ll need to write an average of 1,667 words per day. Writers are encourage to write quickly, saving the editing for after NaNo. 

There are some great blogs, videos and webinars available to help you prepare for NaNo. Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for even more information.

So who's ready to rise to the challenge?

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    Rules for NaNoWriMo

    1. Writing starts at 12:00: a.m. on November 1 and ends 11:59:59 p.m. on November 30, local time.
    2. No one is allowed to start early and the challenge finishes exactly 30 days from that start point.
    3. Novels must reach a minimum of 50,000 words before the end of November in order to win.] These words can either be a complete novel of 50,000 words or the first 50,000 words of a novel to be completed later.
    4. Planning and  notes are permitted, but no material written before the November 1 start date can go into the body of the novel.
    5. Participants' novels can be on any theme, genre of fiction, and language. Everything from fanfiction, which uses trademarked characters, to novels in poem format, and metafiction is allowed; according to the website's FAQ, "If you believe you're writing a novel, we believe you're writing a novel too."


    1. Write to the current Market.
    2. Know your characters well.
    3. Love the book you are writing.
    4. Research the geography, culture, back story, or special knowledge needed like crime scene, medical procedures, or technology  depending on your genre.
    5. Set ground rules for yourself before you start the challenge.
    6. Sit down and do it without expecting perfection. You will have time to perfect it later.
    7. During the creating phase, mistakes can be expected. Allow yourself the freedom to just create.
    8. Share your daily / weekly word count. Make a game of it and join in with others that are also tracking their word counts.
    9. Just write, no edits until later.
    10. Try to weave your back story in  without "info dumping".
    11. Pacing yourself will help. Its a marathon, not a sprint. Do the math.
    12. Write the story not the words. Write what you see, smell, taste, and feel.
    13. Team up with someone to help keep each other accountable.
    14. Write Daily!
    15. Do not give up!

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