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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

A guide dedicated to National Novel Writing Month, plus information about CF Citrus Campus kickoffs and write-ins

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Welcome to NaNoWriMo at

CF Citrus Campus Library

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, or Nano) is an international writing event!

Participants from around the world challenge themselves to write a 50,000 word rough draft novel during the month of November. Novel writing officially begins at midnight on November 1st, and ends at 11:59pm on November 30.

The event values and promotes enthusiasm, determination, plus a firm starting point and deadline. NaNoWriMo is for anyone and everyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

Learn more at the official NaNoWriMo website!

Check the Events Calendar for writing-related events and more at CF Citrus Campus Library!


The Big Question:

Why Would Anybody Do This??????????


Because it's fun (really)!

Writing 50,000 words in a month is a challenge, but it is not a dangerous one. There are no penalties if a person does not finish. Instead, there's congratulations for simply daring to start writing.

It's all about progress, not perfection.

In fact, Nanowrimo triple-dog-dares you to write an imperfect novel!

This novel is going to be a rough draft. And that rough draft is messy! It's full of plot holes, contradictions, spelling errors, breath-taking grammar mistakes, and to put it nicely, the whole thing is just one big imperfect mess.

But that big messy imperfect rough draft is a finished rough draft. Or, close enough. 

Having that rough draft is why so many people, from all around the world, sign up for Nanowrimo.

The Next Big Question:

What Do People Get Out Of This??????????

Participate in NaNoWriMo and you get:

  • Bragging rights for the rest of your life ("I wrote a novel in a month!")
  • A rough draft
  • Writing practice

On November 30, Nano-ers everywhere get to stand up and say, "I wrote something! I am a writer!"

From there, the rough draft is one giant leap forward in so many ways. And the writer can do whatever they want with that draft. A writer can bury it, throw it into the ocean, whatever. A writer can even take their rough draft, rewrite, edit, and work on it until it is ready for publication. But that can only happen after that Nanowrimo rough draft is written. 

Published Authors...Who got started with Nanowrimo!

Have you read any of these books (or watched the movies)?

These published authors, and many more, wrote their rough drafts during Nanowrimo and, after a lot of rewriting, got published!

No Plot? No Problem! Revised and Expanded Edition

Chris Baty, founder of the wildly successful literary marathon known as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

The Night Circus

Two starcrossed magicians engage in a deadly game of cunning in the spellbinding novel that captured the world's imagination.

Water for Elephants

Soon to be a Broadway Musical in 2024
#1 New York Times Bestseller
A Major Motion Picture starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, and Christoph Waltz

Persistence of Memory


* Now a series on Apple+ tv
* New York Times best-seller
Wool is the story of mankind clawing for survival. The remnants of humanity live underground in a single silo. But there are always those who hope, who dream.


#1 New York Times Bestselling Series
No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness.


Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life--and she's really good at it.

Side Effects May Vary

#1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin'
now a Netflix feature film starring Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston
A girl with cancer creates a take-no-prisoners bucket list -- only to discover she's gone into remission.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

You must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. When the fence is breached, Mary's world is thrown into chaos. Now, she must choose between her village and her future.


College of Central Florida and its libraries are not affiliated with the National Novel Writing Month nonprofit or its other organizations. Any views, comments, or opinions expressed by the NaNoWriMo website and its staff, participants, etc. do not necessarily reflect those of College of Central Florida and its libraries. This extends to any views and opinions expressed by guest speakers of this or other events.