Okay people, let’s do this thing.

Are you signing up for… this?

Well, whether you’re participating in NaNoWriMo or not, I’m going to run one of my little ‘Writing Things’ over here. You can do the regular NaNo alongside it, that’s fine, but this is also something separate for those who feel that 50,000 words is a little too much to ask. We’ll be aiming for a lower goal, but of course you can write as much as you want! πŸ˜‰ This Kaz-sponsored ‘event’ can act as a weekly check-in venue for anyone cranking out the words this November, whether you’re going for the full 50K or not – whether you’ve signed up officially or not.

My version, of course, is called KazNoWriMo – or KazNo for short.

Twitter hashtag: #kazno (which makes me smile, for some reason).

The goal: 30,000 words during the month of November.

Starts: Tuesday, 1st November
Ends: Wednesday, 30th November

At 1,000 words per day that’s pretty manageable even for those with day jobs, kids or other family to take care of, college work, etc. It works out to roughly 4 manuscript pages per day for the month. Even if you miss a day or two you should be able to catch up, maybe on a weekend.

Here’s a little ‘button’ for it so you’ll know that when you see it appear on my blog, that means I’m talking about the whole Write Til-You-Drop-In-November thing:

And here are some writing progress meters that you might like to use on your own blog (please don’t post these in my comments on check-in days):


I’ll run check-in posts every Monday (first one will be Monday, 7th Nov). Please keep your KazNoWriMo comments to just those posts, so that it doesn’t take over the whole blog – thank you! πŸ™‚

There will be a final check-in on December 1st.

You can write something from scratch, or continue with a project-in-progress.

You can work on multiple projects.

If you want to use KazNo for revisions, it would really need to be a significant rewrite – like, you’d need to be aiming to produce at least 30,000 new words.

I’ll try to write a few *cough* vaguely inspirational posts along the way. Even if it’s just inspirational quotes…

There will be PRIZES at the end. I don’t know how many or whatever, but I’ll think of something by 1st December!

Sign up here in comments – tell us what you’ll be working on and whether you have also signed up for the ‘real’ NaNo.

Any questions?

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31 Responses to KazNoWriMo

  1. Jordan Finch says:

    I’m game for this. It seems less daunting than the real NaNoWriMo, which I did not sign up for. I’m probably going to be working on a story I’ve already been working on, involving a break-in, blue diamonds, and some genetic anomalies. We’ll see how this goes!

  2. Shanna says:

    I’m in! I don’t need another 50k to finish my summer camp story but 30… well, perhaps. I’m going to combine finishing this story and then rewriting it – as I’ve decided to change the age of my main character from 25 to 17… πŸ™‚ So there are going to be some huuuuuge changes along the way!

    • Kaz says:

      I’m glad you’re here, Shanna. πŸ™‚

      De-aging your main character is a big change, but it could be worth it if you’re wanting to write it as a YA (?).

      • Shanna says:

        Yep, the plan was a YA all along but at first I figured 25 would do and it’s working (it is!) but a younger Dani kept popping up in my head… so I decided to give in. πŸ˜‰

        But it’s a big change indeed… a lot of the original story will have to go *sad eyes*. But hey…. kill your darlings, right? πŸ˜‰ I’m sure Dani’s going to be fine. (Not so sure about me though… – kidding).

  3. Kimberlyfdr says:

    This sounds like a great opportunity! My usual daily wordcount is 1000 to 1500, so this is a realistic goal for me πŸ˜‰ I had a genderswap idea I wanted to explore, so I’m taking November to do it. I might not be able to NaNo it, but I’d love to KazNo it!

  4. KB/KT Grant says:

    I’m doing nanowrimo this year. Pray for me.

  5. Carolin says:

    YAY! This is awesome. πŸ˜€ #kazno is gonna be awesome. I’ll definitely post my progress as I’m doing NaNo anyway. πŸ˜‰

  6. Isabel says:

    This sounds awesome. πŸ™‚ I will unfortunately not be participating this time but I look forward to cheering everyone on like crazy like I did last time! *rubs hands together* Excited! Good luck to everybody participating! πŸ˜€

  7. senita says:

    I’m in. This plus nanowrimo and a new outlook on where I want to go with my story should keep for at least a month and hopefully by the end it will be complete.

  8. kiaras says:

    I’m already signed up for NaNo! Can we do both without being responsible for 80,000 words? 0.o

    But I’d love to check in here, either way. My local group of NaNo’ers is barely existent, and I always feel like you’re really rooting for us. ;0) (Or at least I did the last time you did KazNo – even if I failed miserably at that one.)

  9. Tez Miller says:

    #kazano sounds like you’re being told off: “Kaz, NO! You may not have that cookie until you finish your words.” πŸ˜‰

  10. Sam says:

    Ooooh, I’m definately in, I just signed up for NaNo too, though I think I’m more likely to make 30K πŸ™‚ I’m going to try start on a new YA idea I’ve been meaning to work on recently. πŸ™‚ gd luck to everyone else.

  11. Irene says:

    Count me in!
    I’m currently working on a very odd YA idea, and I’ve signed up for NaNo (I really like their wordmeter thingies), but 1,000 words a day sounds much better. I’m really looking forward to November now! πŸ™‚

  12. music_lover3 says:

    Count me in! Or at least, I will try. πŸ™‚ I’m going to try to do Ni90 so I might as well do this too and just add an extra few hundred words to my wordcounts. I’m currently working on a sci-fi novel, in between edits and school work. There’s no way I’d be able to do the real NaNo, but this works for me.

  13. Yay! Thanks, Kaz! I’m not doing NaNo but would love to take part in this. 30,000 is more realistic for me and, if I manage it, I’ll be able to finish a YA book that has been hanging around on my hard drive, taunting me. It started life as a NaNo project a couple of years ago and refuses to leave my brain…

  14. Kelly Dines says:

    I was going to attempt NaNo, but with work and such I’ll be lucky to make the target of 50k. So I’ll write alongside everyone here and see how I get on.

    Good luck all! πŸ™‚

  15. Nikki Egerton says:

    Count me in Kaz!

    I’m signed up for NaNo, and am going to give it my best shot (have completed before so I know I can do it). I just hope I don’t use KazNo as an excuse not to complete NaNo! (now I’m confused).

    Either way I’ve found I’m a girl who needs outside motivation (cough cough lazy cough) but I’m hoping to have a good chunk of my novel done by the end of the month. I’m pretty excited!

    Good luck all those planning on participating in either WriMo!

    Nikki xxx

  16. I will be cheering everyone on! I’m revising, and though I probably WILL write something like 30k new words, it won’t be quantifiable because they’ll be mixed in with all the old words and so my word count itself will remain about the same. πŸ˜‰ But in the spirit of working on writing every day, I will be there!

  17. ParisAja13 says:

    I’m signing up for NaNo again, but I really think KazNo is more my speed…I hope. I was hoping to stay up until 1 am tonight and write for an hour, but after taking some kids trick or treating I know am not sure I can handle that. I’ll be checking in here every Monday to see how everyone’s doing. Good luck everyone!

  18. Poppy says:

    I’ll be doing NaNo this time around anyway so I will be checking in here too!

  19. Once again Kaz, you prove your awesomeness!
    I need to get my YA finished so I can submit it as well as my UF follow up that my editor is practically whipping me for!
    #KazNo makes me laugh because it sounds like a little scolding! *points finger* Kaz No! πŸ˜›

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  21. Carmen Brack says:

    Consider me in. 1000 words a day sounds realistic and manageable with my work and university schedule. I considered doing NaNo but with how busy I’ve been recently it would just be another stress factor and I wouldn’t enjoy it. I have no concrete plans for a big project but I have a teabox (yes, that’s how I store them) full of paper scraps with story ideas. I will probably just write several stories of a couple thousand words each because that’s a length I feel comfortable with. I might also make a series of short stories out of a short story I’ve already written because I really like the two characters I invented? encountered? in it and feel like they have more to say…
    I’ve never done NaNo but I hope #KazNo will be fun, so thanks for the opportunity πŸ™‚

  22. Amanda says:

    I’m in for KazNo and NaNo. This will be my third time round with NaNo. I’ve finished once, so hopefully I will again.

  23. Kim says:

    I’m signed up for NaNo – so what the heck, I’ll sign up for KazNo too! I even have a pretty, pretty spreadsheet… on the basis that I like making lists, so why not a wordcount “list”? Maybe it will help. πŸ˜‰

  24. Kim says:

    I joined up on facebook, but figured I should probably make it official over here. I’m in, and got the first day under my belt already! Whew! *wipes sweat from brow* Looking forward to a November that is either productive or insane, or possibly equal parts of both… ; )

  25. Am I too late to say I’m officially “in”?

    I’m doing NaNo again this year — though, if last year’s results are to be considered trendworthy, #KazNo would be perfect. Last year I finished around 30K.

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  27. Matthew Dashper-Hughes says:


    My day job/ cats/ procrastination are destroying my NaNoWriMo resolve… but, but, but… I have done well (quite)… I have made it to over 22,000 words of actual novel (not including the 8600 words of plotting that I spent the first week of November doing).

    It seems incredibly cheeky and naughty (if not downright sneaky) to try and crowbar myself aboard the good ship KazNo at this very, very late stage in the month.

    But I could always try and pass off ‘cheeky and naughty’ as ‘fun and impish’.

    Couldn’t I?

    So how about it… room for a ‘fun and impish’ latecomer?

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