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 Camp NaNoWriMo? What are the prizes? Is there an entry fee?
Can I participate if I’m not American? Can I write in any language?
Is there a minimum age to participate?
How can I be sure my project is protected?
What do I do with my project 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 Camp NaNoWriMo account?

My Profile

How do I post, edit, or delete my 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?


Where do I write my project? Do I type it on the NaNoWriMo website?
Do I have to start my project 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 goal but I’m only halfway through my project?
How do I add my past projects on the site?
How can I scramble my project?

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?


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

Camp for YWP

How can educators and students participate in Camp NaNoWriMo?
Can students under 13 participate in 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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