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If you’re experiencing some writer’s block, November is probably gonna be good for you.

IT’S THE FIRST day of November, and already my Twitter feed is littered with everyone’s trials and tribulations of participating in NaNoWriMo. I’m amused and slightly envious. I’m not one of those people who can write under extreme pressure.

But then I saw this tweet from JoAnna Haugen:

“Between #NaBloPoMo #NaNoWriMo #PiBoldMo and #NaTraWriMo I’d say November is a busy month. Why all in one month?”

I hadn’t even heard of the others. It was like a hashtag explosion. So I figured, hey, maybe I’m not the only one in the world feeling alienated by acronyms. Thank goodness for Google.


National Novel Writing Month. Probably the most popular of them all, NaNoWriMo is a goal to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days, before November ends. In a way, it goes against everything we’ve been taught as writers, because in this case quantity is more important than quality. You’re gonna write a lot of crap. You’re gonna be balls to the wall for a full month.

According to the organization, this approach “forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.” I kinda love that challenge.


Probably the most fun to say aloud in a crowded cafe, NaBloPoMo is National Blog Posting Month (i.e. 30 blog posts in 30 days). Hosted by BlogHer, participants visit the site for a daily prompt relating to this year’s theme: BETWEEN. Today’s prompt is “What is your favourite thing about writing?”

Win prizes every day, get inspired to write, and join the blogroll. Only 1128 people are doing it.

BootsnAll also has their own fun travel version dubbed 30 Days of Indie Travel.


This one stands for Picture Book Idea Month, with the intent of creating 30 new picture book ideas in 30 days. Prizes include signed books, critiques, original artwork, jewellery, handmade journals, etc.

All you have to do is sign up and repeat the pledge 10 times fast!


Finally, NaTraWriMo is National Travel Writing Month. Initially it was planned for November; however, it appears as though it’s now being postponed until January. Just the same, it’s the brainchild of Christine Gilbert and comes with the mission of sending 31 query letters in 30 days.

Now you just have to decide which one you’d like to do most. Or maybe you’ll do all of them, if you’re a superstar like that. Who’s in?



About The Author

Candice Walsh

Candice Walsh is a Professional Experience Collector and full-time writer, blogger, and inventor of job titles that don't make much sense. She's based out of St. John's, Newfoundland. Follow her website for more shenanigans.

  • valley

    forgot no shave november!

    • Candice

      Oh god, furry-faced men everywhere. Be still my heart. 

  • Azeem Ahmed @ Travel Tamed

    Nice information. Wasn’t aware of these events in November. This makes it very busy by writing and blogging and picturing. Thanks for the information.

    I think you missed Movember, which is widely celebrated in Australia where people grow their mustaches longer for a month without shaving :D

    • Candice

      It’s a huge event here as well, but I was trying to stick with creative/literary events. ;) I’m a big fan of the mustache love. 

  • Tara Lazar

    Thanks for mentioning PiBoIdMo. I started it four years ago as the picture book writer’s alternative to NaNoWriMo. I saw all my novel-writing friends having a lot of fun with NaNo and wondered why there wasn’t anything for picture book writers! Thus far this year we have 550 participators…and growing.

    • Candice

      Awesome, Tara, thanks so much for dropping by! I was completely unfamiliar with the picture book writers scene. Cool stuff.

  • Lena Kozlova

    Oh, I’m doing NaNoWriMo, but if NaTraWriMo got pushed, I’d love to do that too!  Thanks for this list, it was fun to browse these events!

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