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[[caption-width-right:143:Thirty days and nights of literary abandon!]]

[[MissionBriefing It's the month of November. You have 30 days to write a 50,000 word novel. Get to it!]]

The idea behind National Novel Writing Month is that many of us have at least one book inside of us, but we're too lazy to spend the time to write it, or simply get overcome by the scope of it all -- so it ultimately never materializes. [=NaNoWriMo=] challenges that, by encouraging participants to throw caution to the wind and [[WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants write without revising]], without obsessing over what they're writing, but to just get the words ''out''. (There'll be plenty of time to edit it after the month is up.)

"NoPlotNoProblem" is their slogan.

[[http://www.nanowrimo.org/ Official site]], a project of TheOfficeOfLettersAndLight.

The Nano website has a list of [[http://www.nanowrimo.org/published-wrimos published NaNoWriMo Novels]].

Even though it is called "National" Novel Writing Month, entries are accepted from countries other than the U.S.A and in languages other than English. [[note]]It is slightly harder to complete outside North America, due to the lack of the extra hour from daylight saving time early on, although the Yankees get burned later on by losing a whole afternoon in the 4th week to [[UsefulNotes/ThanksgivingDay actually having to sit down to eat a meal with obnoxious relatives]]. It balances out.[[/note]]

[=NaNoWriMo=] also had a sister event called ScriptFrenzy, with a similar goal, but executed in script format. It ran in April every year from 2007, but was ultimately discontinued in 2012.

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!!Examples of tropes exhibited by [=NaNoWriMo=]:

* BreakingTheFourthWall: When pressed for wordcounts, some authors insert their personal thoughts into the story, directly addressing the audience or characters as a writer. It quickly becomes HilariousInHindsight.
* ChandlersLaw: "If all else fails, have a [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja band of ninjas]] attack somebody" is ''official'' advice for writers at a loss for material to further their novel's word count.
** or Mr. Ian Woon [[ShoutOut (which is an anagram of '[=NaNoWriMo=]')]].
** or [[ShovelStrike The Traveling Shovel of Death]]
** or a [[SiegeEngines Trebuchet]]
** or [[DeathTrap drown someone in ketchup]]
* ConstrainedWriting
* CosmeticAward - The first and foremost prize for completing Nanowrimo is ... the mere satisfaction of completing one's novel. And a purple wordcount meter.
** Some of Nanowrimo's ''sponsors'', on the other hand, offer slightly more tangible prizes for winning, such as [=CreateSpace=] offering to print up to five free copies of the winner's manuscript, and Scrivener offering a 50% discount off their software's purchase price.
* {{Determinator}} - anyone who actually finishes a novel. Writing 1,667 words a day may not seem very hard, but doing it ''every day, for a whole month'' (especially a month with Thanksgiving and Christmas advertising) takes dedication!
* DisSimile and {{Metaphorgotten}} - Two of the ways that Nanoisms can manifest in a novel.
* FilkSong - [[http://www.wikiwrimo.org/wiki/NaNoWriMo_Songs Complete list.]]
* IJustWriteTheThing: A common discussion topic on the forums.
* InJoke - Many, including the terms "nanoism" (bloopers that occur while writing) and "persimmons" (see MemeticMutation). There is also the character Mr. Ian Woon, a SignificantAnagram of "NaNoWriMo".
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: Make a band of ninjas attack somebody during a novel and you should at least be able to get a few hundreds words out of characters [[LampshadeHanging wondering "seriously? Ninjas?"]]
* ItsTheJourneyThatCounts
* ItsForABook - The official website has not one, but ''two'' forum sections dedicated to this purpose, one of them less serious than the other.
* KnightTemplar - [[GlorySeeker Knights of NaNoWriMo]]
* MemeticMutation: "Permissions" to reproduce a user's Nanoisms in published form quickly became "persimmons", and have since mutated into frankensteinian concoctions like "permapurplepomewhatsits".
* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught: ...actually, no one really cares if you do, either. There is even a forum just for "Nano Rebels". In a sense, [=NaNoers=] are actively ''encouraged'' to "cheat" by artificially inflating their wordcounts--''No Plot? No Problem'', the semi-official handbook by Chris Baty, [=NaNoWriMo=]'s creator, offers several tips on how to do this.
** You're supposed to start a ''new'' novel on November 1st, but some people continue working on the same novel (not a sequel) as the previous year(s).
** Writing nonfiction, a collection of short stories, a memoir, or a script (they have [[ScriptFrenzy another event for that last one]]).
* {{Portmantitle}} - the official nickname NaNoWriMo falls somewhere between "portmanteau" and "acronym".
* PostCount - Some of the best-known [=NaNoWriMo=] forumgoers are the ones with the highest post counts. The NaNoWriMo forum has an entire subforum devoted to procrastination, which is filled with games and conversation threads. Some users use these threads simply to increase their post counts.
* SelfDeprecation - Participants tend to frequently criticise their own novel's plot, characters, and (especially) blunders -- but mostly in good humor; blunders in particular are lovingly christened "Nanoisms" (allegedly a portmanteau of "Nanowrimo" and "aneurysm").
* SelfImposedChallenge:
** Some users set a personal goal of a "Double Nano" (100,000 words in 30 days!) or [[UpToEleven more]] -- 200,000? 500,000? Yup.
** There's also a Dares thread in just about every genre forum, where users think up crazy stunts for other users to insert into their novels.
** Then there's [=#50kKillMeNow=], where you write your entire novel in '''one day'''.
* SturgeonsLaw - First-time participants are advised that at least 45,000 words of their novel (if not all 50,000) will be "utter crap", and to learn to love it anyway.
* TheInsomniac - Most [=NaNoers=] become this pretty quickly!
* ThreadHopping - When the quick reply method was still around, some users would just read the first post, scroll to the quick reply section of the page, and reply without reading any of the other responses, especially for threads of the "share with the group" nature.
* ThreadNecromancy - One famous thread on the procrastination forum is Thread Killer, in which users attempt to make the last post in the thread. Of course, the next poster unkills the thread, and users will go on for scores of posts creatively attempting to kill the thread.
* {{Troperiffic}} - your mileage may vary, the novels may simply be TropeOverdosed
* TVTropesWillRuinYourLife - and your wordcount, too. Seriously, try writing 1667 words a day when you're already [[WikiWalk spending two hours here]] wondering what, exactly, makes trope X take form Y in scene Z.
** See also the [[http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/forums/nanowrimo-ate-my-soul/threads/4097 "NaNoWriMo and TV Tropes" thread on the "NaNoWriMo Ate My Soul" forum.]]
* TheWikiRule - The (unofficial) [[http://www.wikiwrimo.org/wiki/Main_Page WikiWrimo]] wiki
* WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants - "no plot, no problem" is the semi-official motto.

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!!Examples of tropes exhibited by [[http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/nanotoons NaNoToons]] (a comic about [=NaNoWriMo=] that used to be hosted on the website, now hosted [[http://www.nanotoons.net here]] as of 2012):

* DumbBlonde - Bea and Carol.
--> '''Jen:''' Haven't you always wanted to write a book?
--> '''Carol:''' Not in a month.
--> '''Bea:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Not while I'm single.]]
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Victoria says this about her fellow ML Andrew, and even her ''real'' boyfriend Dave makes fun of her for it.
* HumanityIsInsane - At least the part that is devoted to NaNoWriMo (which is all of the cast except Dave).
--> '''Dave:''' Are all [=NaNo=] people crazy?
** This only applies to the 2011 [=NaNoToons=]; in 2010 it's even given a LampshadeHanging:
---> '''Jen:''' Rob & I have done it five years in a row & we're still sane. Aren't we, Rob?
---> '''Rob:''' [[Advertising/TheManYourManCouldSmellLike I'm on a horse.]]
* IResembleThatRemark: Invoked, sort of used.
* MinimalistCast - In 2010, only four characters are ever named: Dave, Rob, Jen and Victoria the ML.
** Averted in 2011: now we also see [[AliceAndBob Andrew, Bea]] and Carol.
* MissingEpisode - A good deal of 2010 daily [=NaNoToons=] are hosted only on [[http://www.torontonano.org/v2/?tag=nanotoons the Toronto NaNo website.]]
* PiratesWhoDontDoAnything - The 2012 NaNoToons joke that the characters don't seem to be writing very much.
* TwoGamersOnACouch - Dave and Rob.
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