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A '''NaNo Rebel''' is a [[National Novel Writing Month|NaNoWriMo]] participant who chooses to write something besides a [[novel]] of at least 50,000 words from scratch in November. Some NaNo rebels choose to continue a novel by invoking the [[Zokutou clause]], while others wander into the worlds of nonfiction, video games, scripts, and academic writing.
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A '''NaNo Rebel''' is a [[National Novel Writing Month|NaNoWriMo]] participant who chooses to write something besides a [[novel]] of at least 50,000 words in November. Some NaNo rebels choose to revise and edit their novels, while others wander into the worlds of nonfiction, video games, scripts, and academic writing.
  
 
=Rebellion=
 
=Rebellion=
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* Nonfiction books
 
* Nonfiction books
 
* Scripts  
 
* Scripts  
* Completing or adding on to previously started works (the Zokutou clause)
 
 
* Graphic novels and other art projects
 
* Graphic novels and other art projects
 
* Unrelated fiction writing projects, none of which pass 50,000 words
 
* Unrelated fiction writing projects, none of which pass 50,000 words
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* Rewriting and revising old projects
 
* Rewriting and revising old projects
 
* Outlines for novels or other projects
 
* Outlines for novels or other projects
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* Translating works into other languages
  
Rebels often use Nanowrimo's frantic get-it-done energy to complete projects outside the initial scope intended by [[Chris Baty]] when he originally laid out the guidelines.  Some even set the same word goal of 50,000 words or an equivalent (for example, an art project might involve 50 pictures).  Whether or not to verify their word count and get the winner goodies is up to the rebel--some may choose to do so if they meet their goals, whereas others choose to leave their bars blue/green.  While Rebels are acknowledged and welcomed by the OLL, there are no official Rebel-specific website tools or merchandise, the challenge is firmly focused on noveling, and it is recommended that you do the challenge by the rules at least once before being a rebel in order to have the true nanowrimo experience.
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Rebels often use Nanowrimo's frantic get-it-done energy to complete projects outside the initial scope intended by [[Chris Baty]] when he originally laid out the guidelines.  Some even set the same word goal of 50,000 words or an equivalent (for example, an art project might involve 50 pictures).  Whether or not to verify their word count and get the winner goodies is up to the rebel--some may choose to do so if they meet their goals, whereas others choose to leave their bars blue/green.  While Rebels are acknowledged and welcomed by NaNoWriMo, there are no official Rebel-specific website tools or merchandise, the challenge is firmly focused on noveling, and it is recommended that you do the challenge by the rules at least once before being a rebel in order to have the start-from-scratch NaNoWriMo experience.
  
It should be noted that the following fall within the guidelines and are not considered Rebel projects:
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It should be noted that the following fall within the guidelines and are '''not''' considered Rebel projects:
 
* Fanfiction/derivative works (''Nano does not rule on the content, as long as it is fiction''; in fact, as of 2012 there's a fanfiction forum under [[Genre Lounges]])
 
* Fanfiction/derivative works (''Nano does not rule on the content, as long as it is fiction''; in fact, as of 2012 there's a fanfiction forum under [[Genre Lounges]])
 
* Fictional memoirs (''again, as long as it is (mostly) fictional, it falls within guidelines'')
 
* Fictional memoirs (''again, as long as it is (mostly) fictional, it falls within guidelines'')
 
* Short stories with a common theme/setting/characters (''related short stories are often published as anthologies in one book'')
 
* Short stories with a common theme/setting/characters (''related short stories are often published as anthologies in one book'')
 
* Rewriting an old work (''as long as previously written prose is not used'')
 
* Rewriting an old work (''as long as previously written prose is not used'')
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* Writing [[Overachiever|significantly more than 50k]] in November (''as long as you count only words written in November, you're good'')
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* Writing multiple novels in November (''as long as at least one of those novels passes 50,000 words, you're good'')
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* Invoking the [[Zokutou clause]] by continuing a previously started work (''as of 2014 continuing a work is no longer considered rebellion by the official Nanowrimo rules'')
  
 
==Support of Rebellion==
 
==Support of Rebellion==
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NaNoWriMo is officially equally supportive of both rebels and novelists. However, First-time Wrimos are encouraged to do their first Nano by the rules and not rebel, in order to get the classic Nano experience on their inaugural attempt.
  
OLL is officially equally supportive of both rebels and novelists (like "neutrality" below) , although some speculate that the creation of the rebels forum was one of the things that convinced Chris Baty to leave OLL in January 2012 and take up a full-time writing career. However, despite being officially equally supportive of both rebels and novelists, OLL does not provide any rebel-specific products of any sort aside from the rebels forum, promotes the noveling path more than the rebel path, and recommends that all users do the challenge by the rules at least once before trying their hand at rebelling. Therefore, unofficially, OLL best falls under "Novel Supportive" below.
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While most of the site content is aimed toward novelists, there is some evidence of NaNo support for rebels. The most notable piece of evidence of its support for rebels are the 'rebels' and 'script frenzy' forums on the NaNo site. [[Camp NaNoWriMo]] 2013 introduced additional support for rebels, including flexible word count goals and an option to select a script as a genre (a homage to the retired [[Script Frenzy]]).
  
The Community is divided into five basic opinions:
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The opinions of wrimos on rebels vary. A small minority favor disqualifying '''all''' rebels or favor disqualifying '''all''' non-rebels. However, most wrimos fall into one of these three categories:
  
[*]The Novel-Only Extremist: Believes that the rules must be followed and that any breaking of them, however small, should result in immediate disqualification.
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* Novel Supportive - These Wrimos believe that novelists are better participants than rebels. Some simply like novelists better, others favor only allowing certain types of rebels, and still others don't want to allow any rebels, but don't favor disqualifying all of them due to the difficulty of such a task.
  
[*]The Novel Supportive Person: Believes that rule-abiding participants are the best, but willfully tolerates most/all rebelling and may even support some forms of it. May support disqualification for a portion of the rebel population, but never all of it.
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* Neutral - Supports Rebels and Novelists equally, with no preference between the two.
  
[*]Neutrality: Does not care about the rebel issue; equally supports rebels and novelists
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* Rebel Supportive - These Wrimos believe that rebels are better participants than novelists. Some simply like rebels better, others favor only allowing certain types of novelists, and still others don't want to allow any novelists, but don't favor disqualifying all of them due to the difficulty of such a task.
 
[*]The Rebel Supportive Person: Believes that rebels are the best, but respects and tolerates the efforts of novelists.
 
 
 
[*]The Rebel-Only Extremist: By far the least popular opinion, this is the belief that only rebels should participate and that any attempt to follow the rules should be punished with immediate disqualification.
 
 
 
Both types of extremists are often shunned by the large majority of the community and OLL itself. While OLL wishes that 100% of the community followed the neutrality opinion, most users fall into novel supportive or rebel supportive.
 
  
 
==The NaNoWriMo Guerrilla Rebellion==
 
==The NaNoWriMo Guerrilla Rebellion==
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=The NaNo Rebels forum=
 
=The NaNo Rebels forum=
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The NaNo Rebels forum was formed in 2009 as a space for participants who were bending the rules of NaNoWriMo.   
 
The NaNo Rebels forum was formed in 2009 as a space for participants who were bending the rules of NaNoWriMo.   
  
 
== Forum Description ==
 
== Forum Description ==
<blockquote>"You're writing a memoir, a [[script]], a nonfiction book about turtles or something else that's not a novel. You're a NaNoRebel, baby! Converse with your fellow outlaws here."</blockquote>
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<blockquote>"You're writing a memoir, a [[script]], a nonfiction book about turtles or something else that's not a novel. You're a NaNoRebel, baby! Converse with your fellow outlaws here." (2009-2014)</blockquote>
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<blockquote>"You’re writing a memoir, an essay, a comic, or something else that's not a novel. Come join the NaNo Rebels and converse with your fellow outlaws here." (2015-present)</blockquote>
  
 
== Popular Topics and Threads ==
 
== Popular Topics and Threads ==
* A reminder to [[Halo|pick up your halo]] (sticky)
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* A reminder to [[Halo|pick up your halo]] ([[Sticky post]])
 
* "Am I A Rebel?" A Q&A for people to determine whether their project falls within the strict definition of a Nano novel.
 
* "Am I A Rebel?" A Q&A for people to determine whether their project falls within the strict definition of a Nano novel.
 
* There are often threads devoted to each kind of rebel project (for example, there is often a central Memoirs thread, a Graphic Novel thread, etc.)
 
* There are often threads devoted to each kind of rebel project (for example, there is often a central Memoirs thread, a Graphic Novel thread, etc.)
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=== Current Moderators ===
 
=== Current Moderators ===
 
* [[Heather Dudley|Dragonchilde]] (since 2009)
 
* [[Heather Dudley|Dragonchilde]] (since 2009)
* [http://nanowrimo.org/participants/marauders-girl Marauders Girl] (since 2011)
 
 
* [http://www.nanowrimo.org/participants/kataja kataja] (since 2012)
 
* [http://www.nanowrimo.org/participants/kataja kataja] (since 2012)
  
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* [http://www.nanowrimo.org/user/211078 themermaidslair] (2010)
 
* [http://www.nanowrimo.org/user/211078 themermaidslair] (2010)
 
* [http://nanowrimo.org/participants/n_e_star N_E_Star] (2011)
 
* [http://nanowrimo.org/participants/n_e_star N_E_Star] (2011)
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* [http://nanowrimo.org/participants/marauders-girl Marauders Girl] (2011-September 2018)
  
 
==External Links==
 
==External Links==

Latest revision as of 22:18, 20 September 2019

A NaNo Rebel is a NaNoWriMo participant who chooses to write something besides a novel of at least 50,000 words in November. Some NaNo rebels choose to revise and edit their novels, while others wander into the worlds of nonfiction, video games, scripts, and academic writing.

Rebellion

Some examples of rebellion projects done by Wrimos include:

  • Memoirs
  • Nonfiction books
  • Scripts
  • Graphic novels and other art projects
  • Unrelated fiction writing projects, none of which pass 50,000 words
  • Unrelated short stories (although this is debatable, as some short story anthologies consist of unrelated stories)
  • Blogging
  • World and RPG developing
  • Video game scripts and code
  • Transcribing letters and journals
  • Rewriting and revising old projects
  • Outlines for novels or other projects
  • Translating works into other languages

Rebels often use Nanowrimo's frantic get-it-done energy to complete projects outside the initial scope intended by Chris Baty when he originally laid out the guidelines. Some even set the same word goal of 50,000 words or an equivalent (for example, an art project might involve 50 pictures). Whether or not to verify their word count and get the winner goodies is up to the rebel--some may choose to do so if they meet their goals, whereas others choose to leave their bars blue/green. While Rebels are acknowledged and welcomed by NaNoWriMo, there are no official Rebel-specific website tools or merchandise, the challenge is firmly focused on noveling, and it is recommended that you do the challenge by the rules at least once before being a rebel in order to have the start-from-scratch NaNoWriMo experience.

It should be noted that the following fall within the guidelines and are not considered Rebel projects:

  • Fanfiction/derivative works (Nano does not rule on the content, as long as it is fiction; in fact, as of 2012 there's a fanfiction forum under Genre Lounges)
  • Fictional memoirs (again, as long as it is (mostly) fictional, it falls within guidelines)
  • Short stories with a common theme/setting/characters (related short stories are often published as anthologies in one book)
  • Rewriting an old work (as long as previously written prose is not used)
  • Writing significantly more than 50k in November (as long as you count only words written in November, you're good)
  • Writing multiple novels in November (as long as at least one of those novels passes 50,000 words, you're good)
  • Invoking the Zokutou clause by continuing a previously started work (as of 2014 continuing a work is no longer considered rebellion by the official Nanowrimo rules)

Support of Rebellion

NaNoWriMo is officially equally supportive of both rebels and novelists. However, First-time Wrimos are encouraged to do their first Nano by the rules and not rebel, in order to get the classic Nano experience on their inaugural attempt.

While most of the site content is aimed toward novelists, there is some evidence of NaNo support for rebels. The most notable piece of evidence of its support for rebels are the 'rebels' and 'script frenzy' forums on the NaNo site. Camp NaNoWriMo 2013 introduced additional support for rebels, including flexible word count goals and an option to select a script as a genre (a homage to the retired Script Frenzy).

The opinions of wrimos on rebels vary. A small minority favor disqualifying all rebels or favor disqualifying all non-rebels. However, most wrimos fall into one of these three categories:

  • Novel Supportive - These Wrimos believe that novelists are better participants than rebels. Some simply like novelists better, others favor only allowing certain types of rebels, and still others don't want to allow any rebels, but don't favor disqualifying all of them due to the difficulty of such a task.
  • Neutral - Supports Rebels and Novelists equally, with no preference between the two.
  • Rebel Supportive - These Wrimos believe that rebels are better participants than novelists. Some simply like rebels better, others favor only allowing certain types of novelists, and still others don't want to allow any novelists, but don't favor disqualifying all of them due to the difficulty of such a task.

The NaNoWriMo Guerrilla Rebellion

In 2001, when the signup deadline/cutoff came before the end of October, some latecomers to the NaNoWriMo web site declared that they were going to write their novels anyway. They formed a multi-user blog for mutual support and tried their hardest to reach 50,000 words, though only a few succeeded.

The NaNo Rebels forum

The NaNo Rebels forum was formed in 2009 as a space for participants who were bending the rules of NaNoWriMo.

Forum Description

"You're writing a memoir, a script, a nonfiction book about turtles or something else that's not a novel. You're a NaNoRebel, baby! Converse with your fellow outlaws here." (2009-2014)

"You’re writing a memoir, an essay, a comic, or something else that's not a novel. Come join the NaNo Rebels and converse with your fellow outlaws here." (2015-present)

Popular Topics and Threads

  • A reminder to pick up your halo (Sticky post)
  • "Am I A Rebel?" A Q&A for people to determine whether their project falls within the strict definition of a Nano novel.
  • There are often threads devoted to each kind of rebel project (for example, there is often a central Memoirs thread, a Graphic Novel thread, etc.)

Moderators

Current Moderators

Former Moderators

External Links