Frequently Asked Questions

So, what is this NaNoWriMo thing?

NaNoWriMo — or National Novel Writing Month — is a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November.  It’s an international event with hundreds of thousands of participants, including a growing number in the Sault Ste. Marie area.  For more information, check out the official website here.

Wait, what, how much do you write?

50,000 words, which works out to 1,667 words per day.  You can also be a rebel, using a different word count goal or writing something other than a novel.

What do you win if you write 50k?

Bragging rights!  And you get a rough draft of a book, which is nothing to sneeze at.  If you go through the official NaNoWriMo website, you can also get some free or discounted stuff.  Fundamentally, though, this is writing for the sake of writing.  This isn’t a competition; no one reads and judges your novel at the end of it; there’s no first prize.

What are write-ins, and why should I attend one?

Write-ins are groups of people who meet up and write together.  They turn what’s normally a solitary activity into a social and even competitive one.  Word wars often happen during write-ins: contests to see who can write the most words in a set period of time.

Write-ins can be a great way of keeping yourself on-track with your writing or just commiserating with fellow sleep-deprived, twitchy-with-caffeine wrimos.

Keep an eye on the calendar for write-ins in the Soo.  We’d love to see you there!