FAQ

What is this?
How are you different from NaNoWriMo?
How does this work?
Okay, so what are the rules?
Why January?
I saw this Livejournal community....
Are there prizes?
How do the forums work?
How does validation work?
When can I get validated?
I'm writing my novel by hand. Can I still get validated?
Can I write multiple novels and still be validated?
Is there a minimum word goal? Is there a maximum goal?
Does it have to be a novel?
What can I include in my wordcount?
How many participated before?
Is it JaNo or JanNo?
I have a question not answered here!


Q. What is this?

An informal writing group based off NaNoWriMo whose goal is to write 50,000 words (usually) in the month of January.

Q. How are you different from NaNoWriMo?

Well, firstly, we work in a different month. We also allow the continuation of previous novels. Finally, in addition to the site-wide goal of 50,000 words, we also have a system for personal goals lower than/higher than 50,000.

Q. How does this work?

If you're going for 50k, all you have to is join the forums. For personal goals, either PM tiakall on the forums or send an email to notawebmaster AT gmail DOT com with your forum name and personal goal. This needs to be done by the midpoint of the month (January 15) or within 24 hours of joining the forums, whichever is later, so we can hold you to it. ;) After that, boot up your favorite word processing program and start writing! Once you've hit your personal goal, just email it to notawebmaster AT gmail DOT com for validation!

Q. Okay, so what are the rules?

  • Writing begins January 1 at midnight, your local time and end on January 31 at midnight (well, okay, 11:59.59 PM, but who's counting?).
  • The goal is 50,000 words.
  • Personal goals lower than (or higher than!) 50k must be submitted by email or PM to tiakall in order to be eligible for validation.
  • Yes, you may continue a previous novel, including your NaNo novel.
  • No, you may not write one word 50,000 times. No, you may not write 10 words 5,000 times. Stop asking.
  • Q. Why January?

    Chris Baty gives his reasoning for picking November because it's a dark, dismal month. Well, for those of us in the northern hemisphere, January is even more dark and dismal, but without the added stress of a major American holiday and the end of a semester for the schoolkids. This is also for all the crazy nonstop novelists who just can't wait for November to roll around again.

    Q. I saw this Livejournal community....

    Yep, we know all about mortaine's JaNoWriMo. We're not the same group, we just had the same great idea. ;) JanNoers are welcome and encouraged to join up, and of course, those of you from the LJ group are welcome to join or be validated!

    Q. Are there prizes?

    There's no 'best novel' or publishing contracts for the winners, no (though there are a few that publish their JanNo novels!). We have winner's certificates and icons for the people who reach 50k or meet their personal goals. :D The forums also have a little winner's graphic.

    Q. How do the forums work?

    Pretty simply. The forums have their own help file detailing most everything one can do. If you have a problem not listed in the help file, chances are tia's broken something. Send her a PM or email (notawebmaster AT gmail DOT com).

    Q. How does validation work?

    Not terribly well. Validation will be done by me, manually, and so I highly recommend the NaNoWriMo method of scrambling your novel by find/replacing random letters, for both our sakes. (Though, unless the text is embedded directly into your email or I have to open the file to convert it to text format, I don't even look at them. :) ) Counting will be done in a windows equivalent of the Unix wc function, the same kind as Nano's word counter--that is, it counts the spaces between words, so things like "half-empty" or "Well...no" will both count as one word, not two. When you have met your goal, simply email the file as a .txt to notawebmaster AT gmail DOT com. Validation will not update your word count, only ensure that you have above your goal, so be sure to update your word count :D Once I've validated it, your forum profile will be updated with your winner graphic, and you will be PMed a link to the winner's page. We now have a page for a web counter which will produce results similar to the "official" counter, as well as a download of the "official" counter itself.

    Q. When can I get validated?

    As soon as you've met your goal, though I usually don't have the certs and website prepared until the 15th or so. I'd actually prefer it early so I'm not doing a hundred of them on the 30th ;)

    Q. I'm writing my novel by hand. Can I still get validated?

    Yes! We'll be using the NaNo Luddite Clause for non-electronic verification, which is as follows:
    To go about this, once you hit your goal, count your words. Then have another party verify this count. Once you've had someone verify your handwritten count, send me a dummy file (using something like Lorem Ipsum for generating the appropriate number of words) for verification containing the number of words of your novel and I'll verify as normal.

    Q. Can I write multiple novels and still be validated?

    Yes! Just submit your multiple-novel goal to the Word Goal thread and you're on your way! When validating at the end, make sure to include your entire text in one text file for easy verification.

    Q. Is there a minimum word goal? Is there a maximum goal?

    Officially, no, because I hate having more rules than necessary. However, I would strongly encourage a goal of at least 10,000 words, which should be reachable by everyone (it's only 323 words a day!). Likewise, there is no upper limit--we love large goals!

    Q. Does it have to be a novel?

    Official answer: Yes.

    Unofficial answer: I don't read what you submit for verification. Therefore, I am going to have no way of knowing whether what you have submitted is a novel or not. If you want to use the can-do WriMo energy of JanNo to burn a word goal on a non-novelling project, more power to you. If you want to submit 50,000 words of gobbledygook just to get a cert, well, that's your choice.

    Q. What can I include in my wordcount?

    We're not the novel police, so...whatever you think counts. Typically people agree that things like song lyrics, chapter titles, quotes, footnotes and other such things count. Typically people agree that things like "about the author", cover or back blurbs, page numbers, and anything that wouldn't appear between 'Chapter 1' and 'The End' should not be counted.

    Q. How many have participated so far?

    Thanks to a backup I almost forgot I had, I can say with a fair amount of confidence that 103 signed up in 2006. Sixteen validated 50k. In 2007, we had nearly 350 join and 42 validate their 50k or personal goals. 2008 had 246 participants and 29 winners. 2009 held fast with around 300 participants and had 27 winners. 2010 (which tia does not talk about) had a similar number of participants and 28 winners.

    Q. Is it JaNo or JanNo?

    I prefer JanNo, but JaNo is fine too. ;P

    Q. I have a question not answered here!

    Great! Just email notawebmaster AT gmail DOT com, PM tiakall on the forums, post in the Site/FAQ board on the forum, or AIM genuinetiaevil and I'll get back to you as soon as possible :D