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Celebrating 20 years of NaNoWriMo

In its two decades of existence, National Novel Writing Month has inspired millions of writers to finally put their stories on paper, resulting in thousands of published novels over the years.


NaNoWriMo started in July, 1999 (yes, July, not November), when founder Chris Baty invited 20 of his friends to join him on an audacious creative venture: to write 50,000 words of a novel in one month.

Since then, those 20 friends have grown into a global community of writers who write together in various ways throughout the year, and they’ve put up some big numbers:                                                     

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