Writing 50,000 words a month about ourselves is one thing. Writing a fiction novel is very — but not entirely — different.

November 2001 brings the third annual National Novel Writing Month — "think quantity, not quality," a kick in the pants for the aspiring (or lazy-and-daydreaming) writer. And a number of online journalers (web diarists, bloggers, escribitionists, personal storytellers, et cetera) hope to feel the pain.

To "win," they must produce an average of 1,666 words of fiction a day. So, if you don't hear much from these brave souls during NaNoWriMo, don't panic.

[ INO50000 Certified ]Prove It: Introducing Journalers NaNoWriMo INO50000 Certification™ (with apologies to the ISO) — for those who absolutely, positively, must prove to someone that they wrote 50,000 words in 30 days! Chris Baty has announced that this year, because of the wonderfully overwhelming response, there will be no official verification of word counts. We know, however, than an independent confirmation of your completion of this remarkable undertaking can be valuable. So we're offering online journalers special validation of their insanity. Find out more!

4 Months, 9 Days, 15 Hours, 14 Minutes
Mon., Nov. 5:
8,333 words
Sat., Nov. 10:
16,666 words
Thur., Nov. 15:
25,000 words
Tue., Nov. 20:
33,333 words
Sun., Nov. 25:
41,666 words
Fri., Nov. 30:
50,000 words
Ready or Not... the journalers taking the literary plunge:


The Ring... ring o' ring 'round the writing rabble:

It's easy! Submit your site, add the code to your page, and e-mail us so we can plug you in. Just like that, you'll be able to tour a chain of member sites, and witness a wide range of creation and panic.


Just be sure the above link code (the graphic, obviously, is optional) appears on the same page you register... when folks tour around the ring, they need to be able to (eventually) jump back on the line to get to the next stop!

The List... to encourage, commiserate, and complain:

Subscribe: nanowrimo-subscribe@topica.com.
Manage & Read: http://www.topica.com/lists/nanowrimo

Li'l Logos... to tell your readers where you went:

Please link the above graphics to: http://www.lightfantastic.org/nanowrimo

Check In... proclaim that you're insane:

If you're a journaler or blogger taking on the NaNoWriMo challenge, e-mail us your name, location, and URL to be added to this page. (You can join, or not join, the mailing list on your own.)


Destinations... other places to go: