How It Works

Committed to writing 50,000 words in the 30 days of November? Follow these easy steps to get started:

Complete profile1. Fill out your profile.

Complete your profile so like-minded writers can connect with you. There’s no better place to introduce yourself as an author.

Important: Make sure to confirm your email preferences.

Create your novel.2. Create your novel starting in September.

In order to update your word count in November, you need to give your novel a title (don’t worry, you can always change it later!). You cannot write your novel on our site, but you can share a short synopsis and excerpt.

Announce your 2018 NaNoWriMo novel now.

Have more questions? Check out our FAQ.

Join your local NaNoWriMo region.3. Select your region.

Choose a home region to get updates on local events from your volunteer Municipal Liaison. Once you’ve selected your region, your Regional Lounge will appear with the forums.

Earn a badge.4. Earn badges.

Earn participation and writing badges by completing specific milestones.

Award yourself personal achievement badges to celebrate the peaks and valleys of your personal creative journey.

Badge panel.

Prepare for NaNoWriMo5. Get inspired.

We have plenty of resources to spur you on, including pep talks from published authors, NaNo Prep advice, and more.

Update your word count6. Start writing.

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

Word count on dashboard

Validate your word count.7. Claim your win.

Starting on November 20, paste the full text of your novel into our word-count validator to win. Find out more about how to win.

Bonus Steps!