-It's not really a contest. It's a lot of fun, and the reward is a nifty little winner picture and the satisfaction of knowing you've created, at least some, Good Art.
-As many people who can win are official winners. Wordcounts are validated by the Nanowrimo website.
-It's only called National because that sounds spiffy. People from all around the world participate every year.
-Nanowrimo creates a deadline and in this way forces people to write books that they never would have had the initiative to write themselves.
Curiously enough, most victims show few signs of this disease until November, whereupon a sudden impulse to plan out the major plot points in their novel steals the full attention of the victim, alongside excessive stockpiling of caffeinated drinks (Read: Coffee). Otherwise, nothing too concerning will occur besides loudly proclaimed issues with the naming of ‘MC’s.
By the third week, however, typing will have become more frantic, as the victim realises that they are rather behind on their irrational goals. Oftentimes, victims will become irritable; beware touching any of their belongings during this time (Especially the coffee) or disturbing them in the middle of a critical plot point.
By the fourth week, the victim will very rarely emerge to face real life. Approach cautiously, and attempt to calmly and quietly introduce the victim to food, water and rest. They will often suffer symptoms of withdrawal, but the worst is now over.
Sometimes, following November, there will be continuing symptoms. This is known as National Novel Editing Month, or NaNoEdMo. Continue to care for the patient as much as possible during this time. It cannot be helped.
"You didn't hear? She's got Nanowrimo!"
"What? No! That's horrible! Will she be okay?"
"We *sob* don't know. She keeps asking stupid questions that we can't understand - what do dragons have to do with real life!"
"There's no cure?"
"The doctor said no. We just have to wait, and hope. That novel she's writing had better be good!"
Participants are encouraged to just write during this time and to postpone editing until after November. The goal is quanitiy of words, rather than quality.
NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth