All articles ← Knowledge Base All About Local Events/ Regions All About Writing Groups Can I change my username or email address? Can I participate if I’m not American? Can I write a novel in any language? Can I partner with NaNoWriMo to promote my product or organization? Can I pay for merchandise with a personal check? Can I send a donation directly via PayPal? Can I use the NaNoWriMo name or logo? Can I write with a partner? Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Do I have to start my novel from scratch on the first of the month? Can I use an outline? Do I still get a halo if I opt out of physical donor thank-you gifts? Do you support corporate matching gifts? Getting Started... How and when can I sign up? When do I start writing? How can I add a word count update to a past date, or delete an incorrect word count update? How can I find my regional Forum? How can I fix stats on a previous goal or project? How can I leave a region? How can I meet and write with Wrimos in my area? How can I register a Come Write In location? How can I track progress that isn't a word count? How do I add or remove a writing buddy? How do I create a goal for an existing project? How do I create a project for Camp? How do I create a Writing Group? How do I donate by check or money order? How do I donate on behalf of a friend or gift a halo to another participant? How do I edit one of my writing goals? How do I find Buddies? How do I join a Writing Group? How do I leave a Writing Group? How do I post, edit, or delete a book cover? How do I post, edit, or delete a novel excerpt or synopsis? How do I recover my password or username? How do I support NaNoWriMo? How do I unmute a forum? How do I update my progress? How often should I update it? How do I upload an author photo to my profile? How do I win National Novel Writing Month? What are the prizes? Is there an entry fee? How do I “home” or affiliate with my local region(s)? How do returns and refunds work? How does my donation or purchase support NaNoWriMo? How much does shipping cost? How to Win and Collect Winner Goodies How will NaNoWriMo use my donation? I am having trouble being invited to/ inviting someone to a Writing Group I haven't received a verification email. How can I verify my account? Is my donation tax-deductible? Is there a minimum age to participate? What are badges? What are forums? What are the different methods of updating my word count? What do I do if someone in my Writing Group is posting abusive content or spam in the message board? What do I do with my novel after the month is over? What genres can I write in? Can I write non-fiction or poetry? What if I don’t finish? Or hit my word-count goal but I’m only halfway through my novel? What is a "Halo"? What is a halo? What is the public donor thank-you page? What is a Writing Group? What is Discourse (Forums)? What kind of company is NaNoWriMo? What should I do if I notice a bug? When will my order arrive? When will my order ship? Where are my old writing buddies? Where do I write my novel? Do I type it on the NaNoWriMo website? Where is my Halo? Which browsers does NaNoWriMo support? Why 50,000 words? And how do you define “novel”? Why is shipping so expensive? Why isn’t there a region near me? Will the company I work for match my donation?