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Reddit's unofficial subreddit for those participating in Camp NaNoWriMo or November's novel writing extravaganza!

Please note that this community is not supported or affiliated with the official National Novel Writers Month organization in any way. This is purely fan organized.


NaNoWriMo - For the Writer in all of Us

Please note that this community is not supported or affiliated with the official National Novel Writers Month organization in any way. This is purely fan organized.

If you need anything: have a look at the links in the sidebar, hit up the IRC room or Discord Channel (note: might not be active until November), and unleash your inner writer! See you all at the finish line!

Other "official" challenges


National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a month where ordinary people write novels. No kidding! It can be done, and is - every November.

General rules for Nanowrimo:

  • Don't edit. Just write.
  • Don't procrastinate. This means 1600-2000 words daily.
  • List of tools

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Trans Involvement in NaNo

This is going to be an essay, so if you're looking for a short read, this is not it. I hope that this post will be informative and that perhaps someone who has a voice that will be heard in NaNo will hear this, or that if you're an ML, it will help you better listen and support trans people in your space if they speak up.

I had been a participant in NaNo for 11 years, and an ML for three, when I resigned earlier this year. At the time I resigned (it may not be the case anymore, I stopped following after the second time I resigned) the new ML policy required a signature with a "legal name" with the stated reason that they wanted to be able to more easily work with law enforcement in the case of complaints.

I decided to give them the benefit of the doubt. Clearly, the org has had some problems recently and want background checks for their volunteers. That's understandable, even though it really sucks for people who live in a country where being transgender is illegal or where a state or territory does not allow them to get an identification consistent with their gender. It doesn't make it any less shitty for trans folks, but it's a policy choice I understand.

That said, there's a qualitative difference between holding your nose and giving someone your 'legal' identification, and being asked to deadname *yourself* in a supposedly safe space. In my first resignation, I just said that I was resigning for personal reasons. It hurt to do that, but it would hurt more to be required to deadname myself, and I figured that would be the end of it. However, I intended to still participate as a writer.

Soon after that, I was asked a second time whether I wanted to return. That really upset me because it keeps dumping me back into this place of pain where I'm taking something out of my life that has been a huge part of it. I don't want to keep being reminded about this.

My second resignation was a bit more pointed, but made it clear that this was not about the background check requirement:

"Please remove me from your ML communications. I gave you my intent to resign on March 1. My commitment to resigning has only solidified in light of the frankly transphobic and completely unnecessary decision (in light of already requiring background checks) to require MLs to sign the ML agreement with deadnames, as stated in the ML agreement FAQ. Regardless of whether or not this transphobic choice is a ‘standard practice,’ it is not legally necessary. Most people might qualify this statement with something like ‘I am not a lawyer,’ but I actually am a lawyer, and the requirements for signatures to be binding under California law are not any different from my jurisdiction.

This decision disregards the mental and sometimes physical safety of transgender people, including myself, and I will not be a part of it."

I expected just something like 'thank you for your service, we're sorry to see you go.' Instead, the response I received read like it came from a manual on how to go into defensive mode and double down. It was completely tone-deaf and made me feel like I have not been heard:

"We're sorry our policy feels transphobic to you. As we've indicated elsewhere, we don't view ourselves as unique in our need to be in legal compliance within a society that, as a whole, hasn't come up with systems that create space for verification and personal accountability as well as a level of desired self-identification or anonymity we view (ideologically) as reasonable and legitimate. As I have openly disclosed, Kilby Blades is not my legal name, but, in order to comply with our state's background check policies, NaNoWriMo had to verify and background check me under my legal name. This is not an instance of us voluntarily implementing a transphobic policy (or a policy that disrespects anyone who goes under any other name for any reason). Legally speaking, we have no choice. 

We've said that our new practice of background checking and identity verification will have no bearing on how MLs present themselves within our community and that this information will not be disclosed. If that is insufficient for you, we understand, and thank you for letting us know of your intentions. We've removed you from our lists. "

Here is why the response is defensive and tone-deaf:

  • A little bit of background. A signature is any symbol made or adopted to act as a signature. This is why people who aren't literate can sign something with an X, or why an illegible scrawl can be your signature. Getting away from the signature thing and to the content of the email...

  • "I'm sorry you feel that way" is patronizing and not an apology. It's a crappy thing to say.

  • "My pen name is not my legal name" is not the equivalent of being asked to sign something with a deadname. This is extremely insensitive.

  • "Society hasn't come up with a good way to deal with this" could be said the same of any other sort of civil-rights issue in history.

  • "Legally speaking, we have no choice" is not inaccurate. Background checks? Maybe. I don't know CA law that well, but it's wild to me that if it's a legal requirement, they haven't been doing it. However, my email was about signing something with your deadname, which is not the same thing. Something like "we have chosen to implement this policy for the reason we stated in the FAQ" would be accurate. This 'we have no choice' statement just passes the responsibility of a choices off with a handwave and an appeal to authority. More crappy behavior.

  • "This will have no bearing on how people present themselves" ... okay but you are asking people to sign with deadnames, as I said in my email, this disregards the mental well-being of transgender people.

  • "We've removed you from our lists" is also not accurate since I'm being emailed a third time.

Regardless, I didn't respond. At this point, I'm upset, and I delete my entire NaNo account because I don't even want to participate as a writer anymore. One of my friends from NaNo told me that there was an open position to lead NaNo and I thought, good, maybe things will turn around.

However. On the 18th, I received another email asking whether I'm coming back as an ML. (!) At this point, an organization that prides itself on being a safe space keeps triggering me when I've been trying to heal and put this behind me. I am really upset.

NaNoWriMo has been practicing a diversity campaign for a couple of years now, and people have noted that the focus has been on racial diversity. That's fine, that's a huge issue, and it's great that NaNo recognized that and wants to expand NaNo into a more inclusive and accessible space in that way. However, that is not the only form of diversity. Hopefully someone over there will bother doing some research about gender diversity. You barely need a Google search to learn how mentally and emotionally harmful it is to require someone to deadname themself.

If you've made it this far, thank you for reading. If you're reading this and you're someone with a position of a little power, maybe an ML, I hope this will be helpful about how to support trans people in your space if they speak up.

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2024/05/20
14:24 UTC

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[Resource] Automatic Glossary Generator

Hello everyone,

Even if there's no nano going on right now, many of you are still actively writing. So I wanted to show you the (improved) Glossary Generator, which is a very useful writing tool that can help.

There are also some really cool new beta features for advanced filtering. Let me know what you think (and if you want to see certain features added).

It really is designed to save days/weeks of your time (I originally made it for myself), to augment your world-building efforts, and help you find errors too (e.g. naming inconsistencies).

Any questions, just DM me! James

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2024/05/19
02:38 UTC

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Spammed by HQ-ML

Anyone else getting multiple enails from HQ about whether or not they are continuing?

I resigned shortly after receiving the first agreement, got acknowledgement, but still continued getting communications.

Now I am getting emails about having potentially missed information, how I indicated I don't know on the February survey... After it was repeatedly indicated that there was nothing wrong with communications, any issues are the ML's enail settings.

Kind of feel like I am being gaslit here...

7 Comments
2024/05/18
22:09 UTC

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Why is this recommended to me?

Hello hi.

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2024/05/18
11:54 UTC

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Discord Community for Writers of Web Novels

Hello. I hope Discord invitation is allowed in this community. We have a Discord server for writers and readers which includes a channel for promoting your work! We also have channels for read-for-reads and review swaps if you're looking for feedback or new stuff to read. We are just starting but we have big plans for this channel. If it sounds cool, you can join using this link- https://discord.gg/nQah3wBJut

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2024/05/16
06:53 UTC

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Writers Wednesday

Our weekly discussion thread to discuss all things to do with writing! You can get help with ironing out a plot hole or two, ask for a prompt to get the juices flowing as well as talking about how your Nanowrimo project is looking.

No self promotion please and please also keep your tone civil. Moreover, we are open to suggestions via modmail as to what you want to see in the sub.

Tell us about your project here!

2 Comments
2024/05/15
12:00 UTC

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I finished a first-draft!

I was working on a detective story in the second half of my unofficial-camp-via-discord but it stalled and got in a mess. So I had another idea and had written 800-1200 words of the opening for both stories, then I decided to try the other one and it just flew out of me!

Someone said they sometimes need to write about 10K to get the tone and voice right, so maybe that was the issues. I like the tone and voice in the new one much better.

One issue was that I wanted it to be funny but I've been reading a lot of detective stuff, old-school, hard-boiled, so I ended up writing more like that. It's kinda hard-boiled but my take and modernised. Wanted to get a sorta modern-noir feel to it.

But it's finished now! It has a start, a middle, and an ending and a solution, although I'm not sure how good it is. I'm sure it'll need revision at some point but for now I am a happy bunny!

Good luck with your writing, I hope to see others posting similar comments about their first-drafts at some point.

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2024/05/15
09:54 UTC

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Does anyone have any tips for enjoying writing description?

Ive been getting into writing proper stories again and Ive noticed one massive problem for me with writing. Almost every teacher ive listened to on description has basiclly brute forced the two ideas of too little description kills stories and you should always strive to show your world while at the same time doing nothing but talking down about it. This ranges from show dont tell , dont just plainly describe a character when you meet them, dont go on for paragraphs on what places look like, dont do this dont do that. All of this is ok advice on its own but its gotten to the point where any time I try to describe something I get really paranoid im just bloating my story despite the fact I can come up with amazing images of my settings and characters. I despratly want to describe them but none of my writing teachers ever bothered to talk about it in a positive manner and im sick of the ShOw DoNt TeLl never describe routine.

Does anyone have any advice on describing

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2024/05/13
01:57 UTC

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How's your writing going?

There's no camp or nano right now, and lots of people aren't going to get involved with it any more anyway, but they still write.

So I thought we could have some writing related posts. Yes, I know, there's already a writing sub, but most of the posts on there suck and a lot of the comments are, uh, something. I mean there are obviously good ones, but a lot of the problem is people asking the same basic questions over and over so the regulars on the sub get tired of hearing them

So I thought we could do our own thing over here! And hence the question: how's your writing going? It's a chance to talk about what you're writing, ask for advice, bounce ideas, anything really writing related!

I am working on a detective thing at the moment. I did an unofficial camp via discord and started one story which I tried before and it stalled out again. I tried another idea but didn't get more than one day out of it and that stalled. Then I tried the detective thing and it got into a complicated mess and stalled.

But I wrote another intro scene during this time and just started writing that and am still going and it hasn't stalled yet! over 40K now written!!! I am really enjoying writing this one, seems the first one was just a practice run to try and find my and the character's voice.

How about you?

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2024/05/12
16:52 UTC

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Writers Wednesday

Our weekly discussion thread to discuss all things to do with writing! You can get help with ironing out a plot hole or two, ask for a prompt to get the juices flowing as well as talking about how your Nanowrimo project is looking.

No self promotion please and please also keep your tone civil. Moreover, we are open to suggestions via modmail as to what you want to see in the sub.

Tell us about your project here!

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2024/05/08
12:00 UTC

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Unofficial Writers' Discord for UK:: England :: Nottingham

We have a regularly active group of writers who meet in person on the first Saturday of every month in the off-season. I was the ML last year but have since been removed without any communication, same as many other MLs, but we have a nice and welcoming community of people who all chat and support each other. I'll be looking into hosting write-ins as normal for November.

Join us here!

Hope this is allowed! I thought I'd try posting it here given that I no longer have access to sharing via the usual site.

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2024/05/06
16:04 UTC

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Did anyone do April Camp on Nano?

This is not meant as a judgement thread so please lets not go there. I just wondered if anyone did it on Nano, why they did it on Nano, and how it went. I haven't been there in a while now, not sure if I'll go back, so I wondered what the site was like, were the forums online again and so on. I did it via Discord on a server. It was okay but the thing I missed was inputting daily word count and seeing the line grow towards my goal. And the graphs!

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2024/05/04
07:18 UTC

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Mightier Than the Sword

Does anyone know the paper weight of the notebook in the NaNoWriMo shop?

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2024/05/04
02:54 UTC

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Anyone with a Scrivener code?

Hello everyone! I finished my 30 day trial of Scrivener and heard that winning nanowrimo netted you a code, if by any chance does any winners with an extra code give it to me, would greatly appreciate it!

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2024/05/02
17:09 UTC

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Is May the new November?

In November I won my first NaNoWriMo! There was only one problem: I had plotted out the entire book, but on November 30th I was at 55k words and only halfway through my book's plot!

Because of this, I've decided to use May, six months later, as a secondary NaNoWriMo challenge, this time in the hopes of finishing the plot all the way through.

Is there any formal NaNoWriMo thing for May, or am I beginning something totally on my own?

Thanks,

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2024/05/02
03:49 UTC

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Writers Wednesday

Our weekly discussion thread to discuss all things to do with writing! You can get help with ironing out a plot hole or two, ask for a prompt to get the juices flowing as well as talking about how your Nanowrimo project is looking.

No self promotion please and please also keep your tone civil. Moreover, we are open to suggestions via modmail as to what you want to see in the sub.

Tell us about your project here!

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2024/05/01
12:00 UTC

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Massive Request Thread for Discount Codes

Please use this thread to request or post that you have a code available. Please edit your post once you've received one or given it away. A new thread will be posted each month.

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2024/05/01
05:00 UTC

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Need ideas about struggling to organize my planning

I am using scrienver to sort out my planning and have a binder for my characters general information and cant decide if I should do another separate for individual profiles. I am creating a network of emergency services (human and animals) and a couple of schools where my adult characters' kids (known as kidling in the novel) and got myself in a pickle. And didnt know who else to ask

https://imgur.com/a/FMhx6Iq this is how my current character binder looks like

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2024/04/30
16:33 UTC

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The writing app Tome

This app, Tome keeps popping up in my feed. It just seems to help keep you organized on the project. But I can’t really get the feel if it’s right for me. Has anyone tried it out? What’s your feedback? I currently organize in Scrivener and I like that I can shuffle stuff around. Would one use these as complements to each other? It appears Tome may have some coaching aspects, to get you through the muddy middle.

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2024/04/29
00:00 UTC

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Any 50% off codes for Scrivener

Hey everyone,

Does a generous soul by any chance have a 50% off code for Scrivener? The price is a bit steep here in Canada :(

I am currently trying to inch back into writing, but my Microsoft Word subscription expired... then I heard of Scrivener.

If anyone could spare a code, I’d be forever grateful!

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2024/04/27
23:32 UTC

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Independent Camp Winner Certificate

Since the unpleasantness surrounding the main organization, I was sad that I wouldn't get my certificate for winning camp this month. Thankfully, my wonderful wife made one up for me and I wanted to share it with others who value the certs as much as I do.

Here is a png version of the certificate.

And here is a high quality PDF version.

To all participants, I hope your camp went well and keep up the great work!

Edit: Quick warning, my wife says there's no bleed or margin, so if you do want to get this printed, that's something you might have to look out for. I don't know what any of that means, but it sounds important.

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2024/04/27
21:35 UTC

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Writers Wednesday

Our weekly discussion thread to discuss all things to do with writing! You can get help with ironing out a plot hole or two, ask for a prompt to get the juices flowing as well as talking about how your Nanowrimo project is looking.

No self promotion please and please also keep your tone civil. Moreover, we are open to suggestions via modmail as to what you want to see in the sub.

Tell us about your project here!

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2024/04/24
12:00 UTC

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I have 40 days left until surgery to plot my novel and im struggling

Hello everyone! Around 50 days ago I posted that I had surgery upcoming and that I could really use some advice on how to plot the first draft of my novel, I got a lot of amazing feedback and I got cracking making the protagonist the world and the characters however recently i've been absolutely struggling to plot the story of my book and its really starting to wear on me. It's gotten to the point where whenever I think of my novel's story I get lost on where to start and how to follow through. I end up so nervous that my stomach just feels like bile so I just try to shut out thinking about it at work or before sleeping.

And I know that the just write brigade is going to start to bomb this post but I've tried that and it's good for making 1-2 scenes but I never have a clue where to take it from there. That and recently my time just keeps getting swallowed up by schoolwork, family drama , work ,surgery medication and church. When I finally get the time to work on my story I'm spending the last hour of the day on a computer burned out and stressed.

I end up not wanting to deal with it since I'm exhausted and the last thing I want to do after 4 hours of working on a computer is working on a computer more. However I know I don't have any other time to do this and I desperately want to get somewhere but I don't know how. I want to love my story and I do but I have no idea how to bring this thing to life at this point and I'm sick of the stress and not knowing what to do. I do not want to abandon this story under any circumstances since this is my life's dream and I'm terrified of losing it.

Does anyone here have any advice on what to do? Any at all would be appreciated.

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2024/04/22
01:23 UTC

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NaNo's advertised writing competition

So, I have some concerns with NaNo's recent advertising for a short story competition to have your work placed in an anthology from the LA region.

In the "competition"'s FAQ it states that winners are not paid, and the editors are not paid. The competition is purely to appear in the anthology.

For something to be a competition, there needs to be some kind of winning. This anthology is self-published on Amazon, FOR PROFIT! In past years the FAQs have stated that proceeds from sales go to NaNo, but that does not appear this year. And even so, if sales generate income, then there should be some kind winnings available for those selected for inclusion, even if the money does go towards supporting NaNo.

To me, the only thing that is happening here is that a group of people are asking writers for free labour so they can release an anthology that they will make money off. There is absolutely zero benefit to the writer. They don't get publisher visibility. They don't get publishing credit. They don't get even get a token amount for "winning".

The whole thing feels exploitative, and doesn't sit right with me.

52 Comments
2024/04/20
13:12 UTC

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Is the NaNoWriMo website inaccessible?

I log in using Facebook and always have. I could not log in all of April. I wasn't doing Camp NaNo this year, but it still would have been nice to log in and get all of my progress data (word counts) and other information I had put there copied over and moved on to somewhere for myself. Is there a fix for this?

Eta this is the error I get when trying to use Facebook "App not active: This app is not accessible right now and the app developer is aware of the issue. You will be able to log in when the app is reactivated."

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2024/04/18
19:38 UTC

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So I signed up for the NaNoWriMo website/forums today and discovered they imploded. What do I do now? I'm looking for a writing buddy.

Also the forums seem crazy-unintuitive and I hate trying to navigate them.
Also I don't know how to find a regional discord. Although I'm not picky about what Discord I join.
Either way, I really want a writing buddy, and I don't know where to begin.

68 Comments
2024/04/18
01:49 UTC

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May Nano Challenge?

Just for fun my partner and I wanted to do a 50k challenge for May, having something to kind of "compete" in helps fuel my motivation for writing. I was just wondering if anyone might be interested in joining it? We set up a little group and were going to do it through discord

2 Comments
2024/04/17
15:41 UTC

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Writers Wednesday

Our weekly discussion thread to discuss all things to do with writing! You can get help with ironing out a plot hole or two, ask for a prompt to get the juices flowing as well as talking about how your Nanowrimo project is looking.

No self promotion please and please also keep your tone civil. Moreover, we are open to suggestions via modmail as to what you want to see in the sub.

Tell us about your project here!

2 Comments
2024/04/17
12:00 UTC

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Old Scrivener code

short story short I did NaNoWriMo back in 22 and I ended up completing it and I got the code for Scrivener code but at the time I could not afford it but now I can and sadly I cant find the code it prob wouldn't work anyway and I really wanna claim it but I have no idea what to do

any advice would be great

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2024/04/17
02:02 UTC

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How do I know my project is in Camp Nanowrimo?

I reaaaally want the scrivener deal, but I don’t see that my project actually was in camp nanowrimo. I remember joining the camp, but not what I did.

2 Comments
2024/04/17
01:59 UTC

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