National Novel Writing Month: A contest in which contestants try to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in the month of Novermber.

-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.
Nanowrimo rocks. Go Nanowrimo :)
by kenaz August 9, 2005
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An acronym for NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth, which is a yearly event held in November where thousands of insane people from around the world attempt to meet the challenge of writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.

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.
To finish a 50,000 word novel for NaNoWriMo, I have to write 1667 words per day as well as resist pulling my hair out in despair.
by anonymooseeh November 14, 2006
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A novel writing contest, held in the month of November. Entrants must compose a novel containing no less that 20,000 words over the course of 30 days.
Stands for:
NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth
Agh it's halfway through November and I'm only up to 9,000 words!
by t3hlazyone April 29, 2005
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NaNoWriMo, an acronym for National Novel Writing Month, is an especially sad disease, causing its victims to suddenly believe they can write a 50,000 word novel in a month. It is a particularly horrible form of social suicide, which, once having taken hold, cannot be avoided.

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.
"Say, I haven't seen Julie for weeks. Do you know what happened to her?"

"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!"
by WillohWisp April 25, 2010
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A little known level of hell that some writers go through. Takes place in the month of November when they attempt to write 50,000 words. To survive, they use caffeine and disable the backspace key on the keyboard. Family and friends should not try to find them, as they will be met with an irritable zombie-like creature that doesn't use contractions.
When her mother tried to pull her away from the computer for Thanksgiving dinner, Liz cried, "No! Do not take me away from my coffee! I need it for NaNoWriMo!"
by EnnaGirl October 29, 2010
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