NaNoWriMo: 6 things you need to know about the writing challenge

Flipping to the November page on your calendar means that it's time for NaNoWriMo again. Here's a primer on the challenge that's produced bestselling novels and made novelists of many.

2. Where did it come from?

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NaNoWriMo took place for the first time in July of 1999 in San Francisco and was attempted by writer Chris Baty and a group of 20 other people. In 2000, a website was set up and word spread between friends, with the number increasing to 140. The event was moved to November because the month sometimes features inclement weather, making it a good time to sit inside on your computer writing a novel. In 2011, more than 36,000 writers reached the 50,000-word goal.

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