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?


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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