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NaNoPlanMo was a spinoff challenge designed for usage during September and October.


Since the beginning of NaNoWriMo, there has been a split between the planners and the pantsers. As with rebel support, extremists are in the minority. The extremist planner writes a meticulous outline that gets as detailed as possible without writing the actual prose. The extremist pantser does the exact opposite. They do not do any planning at all and do not even come up with a vague idea before November 1, preferring complete impromptu writing without exception. Most NaNoers fall somewhere in between these two extremes.

The idea of centrally gathering planners (or pantsers) within a thread or threads, and calling the planning process NaNoPlanMo, is not uncommon and had taken place for many years before the NaNoPlanMo challenge's inception in 2012. However, this challenge represented the first attempt to make it into an authentic spinoff event with a defined goal, rules, and winners.

Original Format

NaNoPlanMo was first run by NaNoWriMo User Olafstar on the NaNoWriMo Forums, during the months of September and October of 2012. The goal was to spend 30 hours planning your NaNo Novel between September 1 and October 27, inclusive, going by CST for when to begin and end. The challenge saw 77 participants and a 21% win rate, nearly double the NaNoWriMo 2012 win rate! The highest count was 43 hours, the lowest was 38 minutes. Only those who officially logged at least one minute on the event's topic, first located in Life After NaNoWriMo and later (after the 2012 site relaunch) in All-Ages Coffee House, were considered participants, and only those who logged 30 hours by the deadline were considered Winners.

2013 Format

In 2013, NaNoPlanMo had its own website and forums, and was advertised in the appropriate area of the NaNoWriMo Forums. The goal was changed to 25 hours in 50 days.

The 2013 event was called off midway through due to lack of interest. The event has since been retired.


2012: 77 participants and 16 winners