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?

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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