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December 3, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
To the 42,008 writers who just wrote 50,000 words in 30 days: Congratulations. They've just completed NaNoWriMo -- National Novel Writing Month -- the challenge to write a novel during the month of November. The 42,008 authors are an elite few; more than 310,000 writers undertook the challenge this year. NaNoWriMo started out as an informal group of hopeful writers in San Francisco who decided not to write that novel someday , but in one intense 30-day sprint. That was 15 years ago; the organization is now a nonprofit that reaches out to schools and libraries to create offline components of the online, solitary challenge.
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December 30, 2001 | Susan Carpenter
There were no book contracts for "winners" of this event, just a gold paper crown and cold beer for finishers who attended the Thank God It's Over party in San Francisco--one of a dozen held worldwide. Of the more than 5,000 who tried, about 700 wrote their way to the finish line of National Novel Writing Month in November ("Releasing Their Inner Novelist" Oct. 26). With e-mail files as proof, they succeeded in writing 50,000 words, many of them just minutes before the midnight deadline on Nov.
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October 26, 2001 | SUSAN CARPENTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Novel writing is a one-day event, Chris Baty believes. "As in, 'One day I'd like to write a novel,"' jokes Baty, the 28-year-old freelance writer from Oakland who founded National Novel Writing Month three years ago. NaNoWriMo, as he calls it, "solves the one-day problem by turning it into a 30-day problem." During the month of November, aspiring novelist participants must crank out a minimum of 50,000 words. Sound impossible? Well, 35 NaNoWriMo novels have been written so far.
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November 3, 2002 | Michelle Locke, Associated Press Writer
Chris Baty doesn't want you to write the Great American Novel. He's not even asking for the Halfway Good American Novel. Go ahead, write a book so bad that it's criminal. Just make it at least 50,000 words and in the language of your choice. Oh, one other thing. Get it done in 30 days or less. Baty is founder of National Novel Writing Month, an Internet writing endeavor in its fourth year that is expected to send thousands of would-be prose pros into creative hyperdrive this month.
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