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At the party, participants who had known each other only by their screen names met and talked and danced and threw peanut M&M’s at each other. And things seemed enormously promising for the following year. It’s a good, long story, the gist of which can be summed up in two sentences: I had been anticipating 150 participants. I knew of their existence, but I had no real sense of their power to drive massive amounts of traffic until Na No Wri Mo began being hit by hundreds of pinpoint visitor-streams from websites I’d never heard of. Watching Na No Wri Mo’s hit-counter spike as all these small web entities delivered yet another boatload of visitors to the Na No Wri Mo site was truly a thrill. My mom was very proud, my friends were impressed, and the event was on the verge of collapse.
As sign-ups continued to increase—first to 200 then on towards 400—the amount of newcomers became a slight concern. By the time sign-ups ended, the backlog of people waiting to be registered stood at over 3,000. My friends, many of who had done Na No Wri Mo the first year, came in to save the day.
If my friends and I could write passable novels in a month, I knew, anyone could do it. — Chris Baty The next year, a friend offered to build an actual website for the event.
Crippling self-doubt followed by a quiet distancing of ourselves from the entire project? We had taken the cloistered, agonized novel-writing process and transformed it into something that was half literary marathon and half block party. And after the noveling ended on August 1, my sense of what was possible for myself, and those around me, was forever changed.
When, at the end of the month, I realized that having an official word-count validation would be impossible due to the numbers of potential winners, people just validated each other’s novels.
I had paid for the first and second Na No Wri Mos myself, but Year Three posed a dilemma.The very first Na No Wri Mo took place in July 1999, in the San Francisco Bay Area. And, more surprising than that, the writing process had been really, really fun. I sent out an email announcing the November start date and new URL to friends. When a tornado is approaching, do you waste time pondering what rules may govern its mighty winds? You take off all your clothes and hurl yourself directly into its maw, feeling the elemental forces course through your very soul. So Year Two was when most of Na No Wri Mo’s regulations were born. And you are required to email your novel into headquarters by midnight, Pacific Time, at the end of the month for word-count verification purposes.That first year there were 21 of us, and our July noveling binge had little to do with any ambitions we might have harbored on the literary front. The first year’s trials and tribulations are laid out in the introduction to But the short version is that our novels, despite our questionable motives and pitiful experience, came out okay. Who, in turn, forwarded the invitation to their friends. But however helpful it was as a friend-finder, the message boards also started causing a few problems. And you ride those explosive currents until you the cyclone. Or it will be dismissed by the global governing council that oversees internet-based novel-writing events.Year One (1999)Year Two (2000)Year Three (2001)Year Four (2002)Year Five (2003)Year Six (2004)Year Seven (2005)Year Eight (2006)Year Nine (2007)Year Ten (2008)Year Eleven (2009)Year Twelve (2010)Year Thirteen (2011)Year Fourteen (2012)Year Fifteen (2013) Na No Wri Mo has a long and storied history, which we’ve tried our best to document here. His plan to create a professional-ish-looking site that could accommodate several hundred participants seemed overly ambitious, but I didn’t want to discourage him because he was doing it for free.Included below: insane technical problems, overly complicated T-shirt schemes, Tony Danza, and the best corn dog metaphor you’ve ever read Though we’re no longer actively updating this page, you can find out more about Na No Wri Mo on our About page, our Impact page, and see all of our press releases on the Press page. He built the site in time for the second Na No Wri Mo, which had been moved to November to more fully take advantage of the miserable weather. A novel-writing tornado was ripping through our very heartlands! How long did I keep up the tornado talk before providing some guidelines? Because, from my years of work as an editor, I knew that having a set of unbendable rules and a merciless deadline was absolutely essential in giving writers the mental focus and shared sense of toil necessary to tackle daunting projects. Yes, it has to be a novel (some of the first year’s participants had worked on graphic novels and screenplays using an equivalency formula worked out in advance).