The Zokutou clause is an unofficial exception to the NaNoWriMo rules that allows veteran Wrimos to continue a work in progress. The clause predates that of the NaNo rebel, which throws a broader net and allows newbies and non-novels. The creators of the Zokutou clause believed that veteran Wrimos likely have at least one unfinished novel and want to finish it instead of starting another novel that would remain unfinished. Thus, the Zokutou clause was born.
The Zokutou Clause
You have to start your novel from scratch, unless you are a previous NaNoWriMo winner. If you have already attained the status of Winner, you do not need to start a new novel, as your main aim is now to finish one. You can now consider yourself a winner if, by midnight on the 30th of November, you have either:
- Written 50,000 words on one or more previous works.
- Completed your novel's first draft.
The Zokutou website also introduced web badges for Wrimos invoking the clause and word count progress meters for rebels and non-rebels alike. These word count meters became popular in the writing community because of the lack of word count widget in NaNoWriMo's early days and because of their flexibility to non-writing projects. As of 2009 the entire zokutou.co.uk domain is unavailable.
- The Zokutou Clause. http://web.archive.org/web/20080404224841/www.zokutou.co.uk/theclause.html Retrieved 22 July 2010.