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Starting now November rules for nanowrimo officially kick in. Read this post or the community info for a list of them!

Welcome to the National Novel Writer's Month community here on Livejournal! Created back in 2001, and under management of writingvixen, this is the longest running NaNo community on LJ!

ALL NEW MEMBERS: There are two things you need to do before posting:

1. Read the Community Rules.

2. Take a few minutes to read through previous posts. You may find the answer to your question already!

Community Rules

#1... NO TALKING ABOUT THE NANO WEBSITE. There are countless other communities out there to discuss the website, as well as a twitter if you cannot access the site. http://twitter.com/nanowrimo

#2... INTRODUCTIONS ARE DONE IN THE DAILY INTRO POSTS. - This rule goes on until November 5th, when at that time the vast majority should have introduced themselves. This also means that posts that go on for length about yourself and your project should be contained to your own journal once these posts end on the 5th. Introduction posts will begin next week. (Starting daily on October 21st)

#3... RESPECT - Especially the mods and our rules. ;) But also respect each other. In a community this size, there are going to be differences of opinions. That is inevitable. You can disagree, but do so with respect and kindness. Rudeness will NOT be tolerated and may get you banned.

#4... NO SPAM - If you want to post to the community, it needs to be a contribution, or a question. Icons, things to help people along, something you found online that has been helping keep you motivated. Posting about your project with nothing more than self promotion will be seen as spam and deleted, with a comment to use the pimping thread for that.

#5... POSTING OF INDIVIDUAL WORD COUNTS IS NOT PERMITTED As with the handy dandy Intro posts, there will be Daily Word Count threads. You can reply there with your meters, your text counts, your frustrations with your falling behind and only have 35 words written on November 16th, etc.
EXCEPTION TO RULE #5 - When you DO hit your 50K, you are allowed to post your victory in your own individual post. Why, you ask? Because I believe that everyone deserves their 15 minutes of glory, and you've had to put up with consolidated posts for 2 months, so SOMETHING has to be for individual shining.

#6... EXCERPTS POSTS - If you'd like to post an excerpt for your story please do it in one of our Daily Excerpt Posts. The only exception to this is the Plot Help thread.

#7... ADVERTISING - Advertising other writing communities or NaNo AIM rooms or anything outside this community either needs to be in the pimping thread OR approved by the mods.

#8... KEEP CONVERSATION TO PG-13 - In the spirit of camaraderie, we ask that all conversations (including the comments) keep at the PG-13 level. We do have minors who use this community and to maintain their allowance in our community, we need to comply to this rule.

And as always, the rules are subject to change due to the needs of the community and the mod.

So what are you waiting for? Come on in and get writing already!

How's it going?

I hope this post is allowed. I thought there would be more chatty posts :D

I feel good about my daily word count ten days in. I find it difficult to get the time in but I am tapping away on my phone at every opportunity. I am just enjoying writing for the sake of it too. One of my art teachers used to say one was always having a conversation with the canvas, although I am waiting for mine to talk back :D

Jumping back in again

Well, it's been many the long year since I've had the opportunity to participate once more in NaNoWriMo. At least this year I don't have the Haunted House to get me sick midway in. :) Yay!

I'm a little nervous and a little worried. This month has already started out so busy that I've had little enough time on the computer. But, I figure every little bit helps; even if I don't win I'm still writing.

Happy to Write!

Hello, everyone! This is my first time participating in NaNoWriMo, but I'm not new to writing. I've been writing stories since I was 6 and I went to college for creative writing. I had the chance to write and publish poetry, fiction, and screenplays. I'm so excited for this year's NaNoWriMo. You can visit my profile here and we can be buddies if you'd like. What I'm writing is an adaptation of a screenplay I wrote for college years ago, and like with much time comes many changes, I have made many changes to the plot of my original story for the novel. Good luck to everyone!


Hey there! You can call me Kiss. I'm doing NaNoWriMo for the second time this year. I'm really excited for this year and I just wanted to say hi to everybody while I have a chance. I hope this NaNo goes well for all of you! And for me, I guess XD

Intro Post

This is my NaNoWriMo and I'm pumped! I'm from India and I go by Shyams. I'm new to LJ, but I've been writing and spinning stories (both fanfiction and original) since I was about seven years old. I cannot wait to get started for this project! :)


Hi peeps, I just wanted to make an intro post. I haven't done NaNo in forever because I'm usually running around doing craft sales in November, but a lot has changed since 2005ish. For instance, I have my nifty smartphone and Evernote! I think it should be easy easier to do. You can Find me here. Good luck!

Almost that time! :-D

Hi, everyone!  This will be my first time in 3 or 4 years that I'll get to participate in NaNo.  I've only won once back in 2009 but that was on a different profile that I've long since forgotten the creds for.  I haven't quite yet decided what story I'm going to do this time around, but if anyone wants to add me to their Buddy list, you can find me here :-)


Was just reminded of the existence of this comm! So, hello! I'm Quinn, I live in Seattle, and this is my eighth year doing NaNo. I have six wins. I write on a typewriter. This year my novel is set at the Barbizon Hotel, a fancy residential hotel for women in Manhattan, in 1953. I ummmmm don't know too much more about it yet, but I'm working on it! What's everyone else writing? My profile is here if anyone wants to be buddies!
Where y'all at? Are we doing this or what?