2018 NANO Writing Challenge Open to All New Writers

July 12, 2018

The NANO writing challenge for 2018 is approaching fast.  This competition is open to all new writers.  Every November, aspiring authors from all over the world join the challenge.  Have you heard about National Novel Writing Month?  This article will shed some light on the yearly competition.


What is the NANO Writing Challenge

National Novel Writing Month happens every year in November.  NANO is a competition where writers are competing with themselves.  This exciting event is time sensitive and writers are racing against the clock.  All the specifics of the annual competition can be found on the NANO website.  Here are the 3 basic rules of the NANO writing challenge:

  1. Start the challenge on November 1st
  2. Write and complete your novel in 30 days
  3. Novel length should be 50,000 words or more


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Why Take the NANO Writing Challenge

There are many good reasons for writers to take the NANO writing challenge.  The NANO competition is an exercise in self-discipline.  It allows all the participants to challenge themselves in a number of important ways.  Are you a writer and aspiring author?  Now is your chance to put your writing and your discipline to the test.  Consider these 3 advantages of taking the NANO writing challenge:

  • Get the chance to finally start writing your book
  • Solidify your commitment to be an author
  • Join other writers who share the same goal


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How to Complete the NANO Writing Challenge

The best way for new writers to successfully complete the NANO writing challenge is to follow the advice from previous NANO participants.  Former NANO participants can provide valuable tips to newbies.  Don’t underestimate the help you can get from past participants.  Even those writers who don’t successfully complete the challenge can still be useful.  Unsuccessful past participants can tell you what they did wrong.  Don’t repeat their mistakes.  Follow the tips and advice they have to offer.  Here are 3 more suggestions on how to successfully complete the upcoming NANO writing challenge.

  • Prepare your outline, research, etc., before November
  • Establish a consistent writing schedule
  • Share your progress and setbacks with other writers

Previous NANO Motivators

My Personal Growth page prominently displays my very first NANO writing submission.  The credit for my completed novel goes to the 2016 NANO competition.  “Skipping Childhood” was published in late December of the same year.  No one can know the unbelievable feeling of pride that comes from this kind of accomplishment.  It was hard to contain my excitement that that first year.  I began working on an outline for my manuscript long before November 1st.  That year, I published several blog posts during NANO month.  I shared updates about my ongoing NANO writing.  Everyone online knew about the progress I was making.  They also knew all about my writing process for the competition.

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The following content is a reprint of a former NANO related post.  I actually posted it in 2017.  I was reflecting on the previous year’s competition (2016).  Take a few moments to read and see how useful a little insider information can be to new NANO participants.  Be sure to follow all four of the article links.  See what tips you can start taking advantage of for the upcoming competition in November.



Writers Can Learn from NANO 2016

Last year, during the Nano 2016 Competition, I was deeply engrossed in the writing of my December 2016 release:  Skipping Childhood: A Novel and feeling extremely proud for what I was accomplishing.  Although I didn’t succeed in completing the Nano Competition in the traditional way, I still had remarkable results, in a 35-day period

In addition to publishing both Amazon Kindle and paperback formats of my book in 2016, the other memorable thing that resulted from Nano 2016 was a companion blog to the book. The Skipping Childhood (Ramblings) blog was specifically created and dedicated to “ramblings” about the newly published book, which deals with a young girl’s history of sexual abuse. The blog has also managed to be a vehicle for discussing various other topics, as they relate to the issue.  It focuses on the wide array of mixed and confused feelings that survivors often have, and offers ways to help them cope.


You will find enlightening content like this discussion on EMANCIPATION.  Notice some of the important points brought out in this particular blog post:

Survival Strategies: Abuse Victims Can Find Freedom in Writing

This is truly a thought provoking article for anyone who is fighting a similar battle, especially in the recent #MeToo climate that the world finds itself in.  The above article and the entire blog is worth checking out and sharing with others.  Coping and moving forward may not be easy, but it IS possible.

How to Be a Winner

I learned lots of important things last year, in my attempt to complete the Nano challenge, but one of the most important things I learned was that if you take it, no matter what the outcome, you end up a WINNER.

At first I questioned myself and my reluctance to interact with other Nano writers.  I told myself that I could handle the challenge on my own, without the motivation of other writers.  Not that I didn’t want to be motivated by others, but rather, I didn’t want to feel compelled to check in, provide updates, meet milestones, and so forth.  Ironically, that is exactly how many writers chose to stay on course, by plugging in and trying to keep pace with other writers.  For some people, this might work, for others – like myself – it doesn’t.

Any writer can learn from Nano 2016, even if you didn’t take the challenge.  Did you consider taking the previous year’s challenge?  You probably regret not having joined in.  Before 2016, I regretted the previous years of just “thinking” about participating.  If you THOUGHT about participating in 2016, but for some reason you decided against it, now you can probably see and understand much better that by participating this year, you have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.

Write Frame of Mind

Are you afraid of commitment to such a huge endeavor?  I’m a second-time novelist but the fear was still there for me.  It’s hard being confronted with a 30-day deadline.  Are you worried about meeting a deadline?  Deadlines (self-imposed or otherwise), give you the incentive to finish your manuscript and see an end to your book.  Use the competition’s deadline as a beacon of light that you continue traveling towards.  This type of thinking is the WRITE frame of mind to be in.

If you take the challenge, on your own terms and within your own abilities, no matter how far along your book is on November 30th, you’ve taken a major step.    If you don’t meet the November deadline, no worries.  Just keep your momentum, your enthusiasm and your productivity going, and you will complete your goal before the year’s end!  That’s the beauty of the Nano challenge.



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