Start Your Engines!


Welcome, Wrimos, to NaNoWriMo 2K14!  This is the year to win it!  That’s right, we’re going to write ALL THE WAY to 50,000 words – and we’re gonna have a ball doing it!

But what if you’re a brand new Wrimo?  What if you’ve done it before but don’t quite remember how to get rolling?  Never fear!  ChiWriMo to the rescue!

So first, some definitions.  NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month, which is every year during the month of November.  To quote from NaNoWriMo HQ itself:  “It’s a seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing, challenging you to write 50,000 words of a novel during the month of November.  Participation is free, and ther eare no prizes or judges.  The reward?  The rough draft of your novel.  Bragging rights.  And so much more.”  So here’s how to get started:

First, visit the main NaNoWriMo website and sign up.  That will get you your username and an account on the international forums.

Second, set your home region.  We’re assuming, since you’re visiting us here, that you’re either part of Chicago’s region, ChiWriMo, or you’re just so dazzled by our magnificence that you decided to stop by for a visit.  ~grin~  We are the Windy City, after all.

Third, contribute to the cause.  NaNoWriMo is completely volunteer-run and we count on each other for the funds to keep all the magnificence going year to year.  Every little bit helps, so please, take a moment and check out our fundraising area.

Fourth, check out the awesomeness that is ChiWriMo!  You’ve done the first part of that, by finding your way here to the website.  But we’re so much more than just this site!  You’ve already seen the forum, so c’mon in and introduce yourself.  If you are looking for a local write-in, or want to host one, this is the place to talk about it.  Here is the October chat and intro thread to get you started!

Fifth, kick off your writing month in style by joining us at the 2014 ChiWriMo Kickoff Party!  We’ll be a Aje Cafe (caution, link has music) on Sunday, October 26th, at 2:00 P.M.  Aje is located at 2942 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657.

Sixth, keep an eye on the calendar for in person and virtual write-ins throughout the month of November.  The calendar is located right on the main page.

Seventh, extra credit if you join the group!  The Facebook group, that is!  Here’s the link. Please follow us @chiwrimo and use the hashtags #nanowrimo and #chiwrimo.

Eighth, DON’T PANIC!  If you’re completely overwhelmed, all the action takes place on  If you get overwhelmed, don’t worry, that’s natural.  Just go back to home base and take a deep breath.  You can do this.

Remember, a good rule of thumb is no internet until you hit your daily word count goal (hint: 1,667 words).  Some days, that will be all you can manage – and that’s okay.  After all, this is YOUR novel, and YOUR NaNo.

You can write it.


“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
- E.E. Cummings

A. Catherine Noon, one of the Four MLs of ChiWriMo 2K14

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  1. says

    I adore that you used the awesome character from “Donnie Darko”. ~grin~ That analogy can be frighteningly true. I’m looking forward to NaNoWriMo! Thank you for introducing me to the challenge.

    • A Catherine Noon says

      I can’t really claim that image; I found the gif on lolcats. But yup, I kind of related with it too. :)

      I’m so pleased that you’re participating this year. I hope you get a chance to check out your local region if you feel like you want company.

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