Write Your Novel in November




Want to be inspired to write that novel you've been planning, but feel like you don't have the time? Trying to overcome a huge case of writer's block? Want to meet other writers? NaNoWriMo  or National Novel Writing Month is you chance.

Each year on Nov. 1 about half a million writers from all over the world converge on the internet and at local Write-In locations to work toward the goal of creating a 50,000 word novel by 11:59 PM on Nov. 30. That's a novel about the size of Catcher in the Rye.

The event began in 1999, and in 2005, National Novel Writing Month became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. NaNoWriMo’s programs now include National Novel Writing Month in November, Camp NaNoWriMothe Young Writers ProgramCome Write In, and the “Now What?” Months.

In 2017:
  • 402,142 participants, including 95,912 students and educators in the Young Writers Program, started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.
  • 972 volunteer Municipal Liaisons guided 646 regions on six continents.
  • 1,195 libraries, bookstores, and community centers opened their doors to novelists through the Come Write In program.
  • 65,962 Campers tackled a writing project—novel or not—at Camp NaNoWriMo.
  • In past surveys, 86% of respondents said that NaNoWriMo helped them learn what they can accomplish when determined. 89% of respondents said that NaNoWriMo made them more excited about writing and 87% of student participants in our Young Writers Program said that it made them more confident writers.
  • Hundreds of NaNoWriMo novels have been traditionally published. They include Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Hugh Howey’s Wool, Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Jason Hough’s The Darwin Elevator, and Marissa Meyer’s CinderSee a full list of our published authors.
  • Each year, authors offer mentorship to our participants through pep talksPast author mentors have included Gene Luen Yang, Roxane Gay, John Green, N. K. Jemisin, and Veronica Roth.
To get started in NaNoWriMo, use this Step by Step Guide.
  1. Fill out a Profile so other writers with similar interests can find you.
  2. Brainstorm a story for your Novel with NaNoWriMo or with Flagstaff Writers Connection.
  3. Announce your Novel to the world. This will help you stay the course when things get tough.
  4. Plan the plot for your Novel. Or don't. Pantsers welcome!
  5. Select Flagstaff AZ as you home region. Each region has leaders who schedules meet and greets and writing sessions which usually take place at coffee houses or bookstores. Our leaders are Cory and Anna. Writers Connection has already scheduled 3 Write Ins (see below.) These sessions encourage writers to collaborate and share ideas. If you’re not into the idea of writing in public, the NaNoWriMo website also has numerous message boards so you can talk to writers from all over the world.
  6. Come November, WRITE! And earn Badges for reaching milestones.
  7. Get help and inspiration when you get stuck. The encouragement that you receive is unparalleled. The website even e-mails inspirational quotes and messages to your WriMo inbox daily.
  8. Update your word count until you get to 50,000 words or more.
  9. Claim you Win by pasting the full text of the novel into the NaNo word counter.
  10. NaNoWriMo also hooks you up with people who can help you find out what to do with your novel once it’s been completed.

Come to the NaNoWriMo Kick Off Event


10/31/18 at 10 pm to 11/1/18 at 1 am at East Flagstaff IHOP, off Route 66 and Postal Blvd.




Get Involved in Flagstaff

This year Flagstaff Writer's Connection is teaming up with NaNoWriMo to bring you Write-Ins at Mother Road Brewery on Butler Ave.

Join us on 11/13, 11/20, and 11/27 from 5-7 pm. Mother Road is providing Satchmo's snacks and selling fine craft beer to lub the process.

Spend the first 30 min meeting other writers in the area and the last 90 min or more at hard core writing.

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