Nanowrimo Special Part 1 – TMT#19

In part 1 of a TMT mini-series, Wayne gives you the lowdown on Nanowrimo or National Novel Writing Month which takes place every November.

What is it? It’s a free to enter challenge in which participants set themselves the goal of writing 50,000 words of a novel – all in the month of November. It’s crazy – in a good way. I completed the challenge back in 2012, hitting over 60,000 words of my first draft and co-host Leah is once again hoping to take part this year – good luck Leah!

So, how does it work? Head to, sign up, and log in every day to update your daily total. There’s a great community on there, as well as links to your local Nano group where you can arrange an actual meet-up with other participants or do online word sprints.

You need to hit an average of 1667 words every day, which isn’t always easy but can be a great way to kick start that novel you’ve been procrastinating over for the past few months or years.

Next week we’ll be giving you strategies to help you hit the page running and keep the words flowing against the clock.

Are you taking part in Nanowrimo this year? Already a Nano winner from years gone by? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter – @JUPodcast.


About Wayne

Editor and Soundman for MGL Media (@mglmedia) and currently completing debut novel 'Safe Hands'. Love Writing and hosting The Joined Up Writing Podcast. Follow @MrKelly2u or @jupodcast on Twitter and say hello.
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