• NaNoNews for Nov. 22nd, 2016

    Enter the Winner's Circle!

    What's even better than reaching your word-count goal after weeks of hard work? Earning your very own winner trophy badge and VIP access to the winner page! To validate their novels and win, students need to make sure all their words are uploaded to the on-site writing space before December 1. 

    Winner trophy

    Update on printed copies of novels:

    In​ ​past​ ​years,​ ​we've​ ​been​ ​able​ ​to​ ​work​ ​with​ ​sponsors​ ​who​ ​offered​ ​NaNoWriMo​ ​winners​ ​a​ ​printed hard​ ​copy​ ​of​ ​their​ ​novels.​ ​Though​ ​we​ ​worked​ ​hard​ ​to​ ​secure​ ​a​ ​sponsor​ ​who​ ​would​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​do this​ ​for​ ​our​ ​winners​ ​this​ ​year,​ ​​in​ ​the​ ​end,​ ​we​ ​​​weren't​ ​able​ ​to​ ​find​ ​a​ ​partner​​.

    We know teachers especially appreciate these printed hard copies as a way to motivate and inspire students, so we apologize for not communicating this sooner. We've heard from some educators who've raised money as a classroom or school to purchase printed copies for their students, and others who've helped their students submit work to online magazines. If your students use the on-site writing space, they can download a PDF of their novel and bind it themselves. We hope you find an alternative this year that makes your students happy, and we hope to be able to offer this opportunity again in the future. 

    Maggie Stiefvater

    Read this week's pep talk from Maggie Stiefvater for a lesson about attempting the impossible and fighting off a bear. 

    "I hear you’re trying to do an impossible thing. Good. I love impossible things. I try to do at least one each year."


    Get a daily dose of inspiration this week from our talented participant pep talkers! Check out today's talk by Nicole C., and enjoy a sneak peak of the rest:

    • "It's easy to love a novel you haven't written yet." ~Nicole C., November 22
    • "But how do you get published without writing a terrible draft first? How do you learn to walk without falling?" ~Maryam Z., November 23
    • "You are here because you are all Chosen Ones, and your stories have chosen you." ~Tori J., November 24
    • "So what if you're stuck? You're a writer! Write your way out of it." ~Avalon P., November 28
    • "Make every scene a love letter to the dreams you harbor; find that flame that made you start this wild ride in the first place, and if your novel has changed, then light a new fire and huddle by its warmth." ~Mary M., November 29
    What makes a writer a writer? Writing.

    Illustration by Jenny Williams; find more inspirational quotes on the NaNoWriMo blog