Frequently Asked Questions

The Basics

Why 50,000 words? And how do you define “novel”?
How and when can I sign up? When do I start writing?
How do I win NaNoWriMo? What are the prizes? Is there an entry fee?
Can I participate if I’m not American? Can I write a novel in any language?
Is there a minimum age to participate?
How can I be sure my novel is protected?
What do I do with my novel after the month is over?

My Account

If I had an account last year, do I need to re-register?
Can I change my username?
Can I change my email address?
I lost my password and/or username.
How do I unsubscribe from emails?
How do I delete my NaNoWriMo account?

My Profile

How do I post, edit, or delete a novel excerpt or synopsis?
How do I post, edit, or delete a book cover?
How do I upload an author photo to my profile?
How do I add or remove a writing buddy?
How do I get a winner or participant badge on my profile?
How and when do I get a shiny halo on my profile photo?

My Novel

Where do I write my novel? Do I type it on the NaNoWriMo website?
Do I have to start my novel from scratch on the first of the month? Can I use an outline?
What genres can I write in?
Can I write with a partner?
What if I don’t finish? Or hit my word-count goal but I’m only halfway through my novel?
How do I add my past novels on the site?
How can I scramble my novel?

My Cabin

What is a cabin?
How do cabins work?
How do I start a cabin with my friends?
How do I leave a cabin?
What do I do if a cabin mate is posting abusive content or spam in the message board?
What happens to my cabin after the month is over? When are cabins reset?

My Word Count

How do I update my word count? How often should I update it?
How do I edit a prior day’s word count?
Why is there a discrepancy between my writing program’s word count and NaNoWriMo’s word counter?
How and when do I validate my novel to win?
How do I validate my novel if I’m writing by hand?
How do I determine my word count for my Camp NaNoWriMo non-novel project?
How do I change my word-count goal during Camp NaNoWriMo?

Our Nonprofit

Is my donation tax-deductible?
Do you do corporate matching gifts?
How can I volunteer for NaNoWriMo?
Can I partner with NaNoWriMo to promote my product or organization?
Can I use the NaNoWriMo name and/or logo? What’s under your trademark?


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