The Write Like Crazy NaNoWriMo Challenge: Did You Win?!

Posted on: 1st Dec 2013  /   Categorized: Nanowrimo

Happy December, Novelists!


I, for one, am so happy that November is over, and also so pleased with what I accomplished in the past 30 days. This was a big month for me, and the Write Like Crazy Challenge is definitely to thank for that. I know that I wrote a TON more than I would  have without the challenge, and I sincerely hope that it helped to inspire and motivate you as well!


So – without further ado.


My final word count for the month of November IS . . .


133,916 WORDS!




That’s 33,916 words beyond my original goal, and 8,916 words beyond my mid-month revised goal. It also included my first EVER 15,000-word day. (The 30th, naturally.)


Sticker-wise, the month looked like this:


nano calendar


Yes, you’re interpreting that correctly. As of the 16th, I had a mere 32,000 words, which meant that more than 100,000 of my words came in the last two weeks of the month. There were nine days total in which I wrote zero words. Life. Grrr.


And the important part is that . . . I finished my enormous Winter overhaul! The book that I started rewriting  in MAY. I’ll post more about my Winter progress and what the next step is later this month.


*falls over from happiness and relief*


I’m almost done with the Levana novella, too, and should be done with it this week.


I am HAPPY,  you guys.


*high fives all around*



So, Did You Beat Me?!


If YOU, Novelist, wrote more than 133,916 words this November, then step up and claim your prize!!


But remember, this contest is only for words written during the month of November, and again, I urge everyone to be honest, so that the writers who really went above and beyond will be the writers who win. That’s fair, right?


To claim:


Leave a comment to this blog post*  with:


1. Your final NaNoWriMo word count

2. A link to your profile that includes your verified novel and word count

3. Your email address


* Important: If you are reading this on a feed outside of, such as Amazon or GoodReads, please click through to the original blog post and leave your comment there.


The period for posting your word count to be considered for the Grand Prize will end on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at midnight PST!


I will honor other winning word counts until December 8, 2013.





After Tuesday, I will contact all winners via email for your mailing addresses.


Everyone who beat my word count of 133,916 words will win a prize. I will figure out what that prize is on Tuesday once I know how many of you there are! I’m hoping to send you something really cool, guys, but I know there were a lot of super determined writers, so we’ll see . . .


The writer who wrote the MOST WORDS during November will win a Signed ARC of CRESS! And I know there were some ridiculously astounding word counts going on, so it’s going to be tough competition.



One Last Plea


Can you tell that I’m a little nervous people are going to lie about their word counts? Because I know how very easy it would be, and how very unfair that would be to the other novelists.


I am going to take every writer at their word here, so again – please don’t cheat. Please only claim your prize if you really did write as many words during November as your verified statistics show.



One Last Thought


Even if you didn’t beat my word count, I hope with all my heart that many of you wrote more words last month than you would have without the challenge. I hope that you were inspired and motivated, and that you reached some of your own personal writing goals.


No matter if you wrote 150,000 words of 50,000 words or 5,000 words – if you found time to prioritize your writing and experience the pleasure of storytelling this November, then you’re a winner, and I applaud you.


Well done, novelists. Well done.


Now go read some books! Your TBR pile misses you!


  1. Olivia commented on:

    Hi! I wrote 187, 963 words.

    My profile is here :

    And my email is

    Thanks for running this great challenge!

  2. Emma commented on:

    Aw, man, I was hoping I’d beat you, but I only wrote 121,184 words. :-\

  3. Grace commented on:

    320,140 words. I somehow managed to write all of that and deal with end of the semester pile ons. O.O;

  4. Elissa commented on:

    1. My word count is 204,580! Yay!


    3. I don’t feel comfortable putting my email address in the actual comment. Does it count if I just fill it in where it says ‘your email’? That’s where I put it.

    Great job, everyone! 🙂

  5. Rachel Silberman commented on:

    *coughs* 15k words. >_>;;


  6. Ichigo_sora14 commented on:

    Although I lost (95,054) I should have done some more writing than thinking I would be able to finished it in a week and beat you. But at least i have learned a wonderful lesson about writing and that it is a lot of pressure just writing and meeting the deadline. Anyways, thanks for inspiring me to write more than what i have ever written in probably my 2 years of HS and for me to actually do the writing instead of just dreaming about it and wait for college to roll around. So, Marissa Meyer thanks for this wonderful contest and your other wonderful contests and hopefully in the future i will be able to beat you. Hahaha j/k but maybe not.

  7. Sarah commented on:

    Congrats to all the winners! I only made it to 51K (mostly due to time, but also because of procrastination), but great job everyone who did make it!

  8. Alma M commented on:

    155,507 words this month.

    congratulations to everyone!!!

    Can’t wait to see prizes!

    And yes, Marissa. Rest assured, this contest brought me a higher word count than I ever word have, even a 15k word day. I was nervous when I first started just to get to 50k, didn’t know if I could, but then you announced this and I knew that I HAD to write a lot and that sense of having to dissipated my doubt. So yes, this contest really motivated me and gave me more confidence, or at least the will to say I CAN. Whoop whoop!

  9. Rachel Hanville commented on:

    I beat you. I wrote 152,646. Here is the link to my profile and my email is . I also have the other email that I entered above.

  10. Annie commented on:

    Wow people, you all did an awesome job!!! Congrats to everyone!

  11. Allie commented on:

    Yeah I only made it to 100k I knew somehow you were going to make it to a much higher word count than me 😉 congrats to all the nano winners, we all deserve a pat in the back for even getting 50k words written in a MONTH. And congrats to all those who got more words in than Marissa \(^_^)/

  12. Alex H. commented on:

    Ah, congrats everyone! I was only 4k behind D: (130k) There’s always next year though, and I do have two novel ready to be edited now anyway, so that’s a nice consolation prize, I think!

  13. Denise commented on:

    What is this contest? How do you even start? CONFUSION!

  14. Marissa commented on:
  15. Taryn commented on:


    And now I have a severe case of creative exhaustion, but it was totally worth it!

  16. J. commented on:

    I managed to hit 140k! I didn’t think I had any chance of beating you!

    Congratulations to everyone who wrote something this month, no matter what the word count 🙂

  17. Karlee commented on:

    187,172! My best count ever! I never dreamed I would write so many words in one month. I have to thank my local library for hosting write-ins every Saturday and for those word wars which REALLY helped push my word count higher. Congrats to all the wrimos! Thanks for the contest Marissa!

  18. Sam commented on:

    1. 561,921 words

    OH. MY. GOODNESS. *cue dramatic collapse* I worked myself so hard this month and never would have imagined that I would write 100k, let alone 561k! Thank you so much for this contest and the motivation it gave me to reach my goal of writing at least 1,000 words a day. Many a days I wrote almost 20x that! Whenever I got discouraged, I thought of this and tried to work through what was holding me back. I even started a side story about cats, so that I could relax from my action-y story and still be writing. XD. I finished 2 of my novels and got about 2/3 the way through my third. I’m pretty sure they’ll never see the light of day (there were some pretty strange, rambling long nights, let me tell you) but at least I got them out. Thank you so much, Marissa!

  19. Roxxy P. commented on:
    245778 words this month! Sometimes, even I can’t believe that I did it, but then I remember all those sleepless nights, drinking canes of Cola (I’m allergic to coffe), nerves and tears of frustations( even to give up my past time distraction/obssession, and when I think of all those new releases…
    But it was worth it. It was so worth it! Anyway, congrats to everyone!

  20. Roxxy P. commented on:

    Sorry… 245,778 words

  21. Katie G commented on:

    500,005 words

    And here I thought I had a decent chance at winning, or at least being one of the top two. Oh well. I was originally planning for 250k this month, but this contest definitely made me write more! I was ahead of my goal but had to keep writing to see how much higher I could get to stay ahead of one of the other contestants. It was fun. 🙂

  22. Jessica E commented on:

    144,804 super proud of it too but I still feel like I could have written more

  23. Nicola W commented on:

    Yay I did it!


    And I contacted you on Twitter about my situation 😀 Congrats to everyone else who won too! So many!

  24. Kennedy Smith commented on:

    216603 Words
    I can’t believe i got this far i am so proud of myself thank you for making me challenge myself

  25. Red commented on:

    Yay, cool! Congrats to everyone!
    My final word count is 231000 words. 🙂

  26. Christine Monson commented on:

    Wow. Some of these word counts are unbelievable. Seriously. Unbelievable. I’m awestruck. I didn’t come near the top word counts listed, however I did beat my word count from last year and won for the second year in a row. Congrats to all who tried their hardest and wrote whether they won or not!

  27. Meridian commented on:

    Wait.. Are you kidding me? Everyone wrote THIS many words in ONE MONTH? FROM START TO FINISH? How is that even possible????

  28. Loie commented on:

    Ha ha ha …. a mere 22,000 words or something 🙂 I got swamped with assignments and final exams :/ Alas….NEXT YEAR! Haha. Congrats on finishing Winter whoop whoop <3

  29. Chrissy commented on:

    having 1,000,000 is really hard to believe, oh my. I really hope they’re being honest. It would be a shame to cheat.

  30. Zoe, Queen procrastinator of the north. commented on:

    Personally I think I beat you all.

    I wrote 653 words. Congratulations to all of you that actually did something last month.

  31. Marcy commented on:

    Final Word Count: 269,492 words

    This was such a great contest! Thanks!

  32. Meagan commented on:
  33. Queza De Santi commented on:

    Wow. Um, just… Wow. I thought it was hard enough to write 50k, but people just went above and beyond that – waaaaay beyond that. 0___o

    I totally feel what Zoe says (you’re not alone!) – I think I only have 1k+ of words, and I was stuck at, like, 690 words for practically the whole month. -___-

    And then I see word counts like these… >___<

    Watch me try again next year. I STILL have not won a NaNo, but one say for sure, I will get there.

    Congrats to everyone! 🙂

  34. Katherine commented on:

    I believe my word count was 4 (“Once upon a time…”). I knew that due to travel and work I couldn’t accomplish NaNoWriMo this year in November, so I’ve set my own personal NaNoWriMo this December, starting today. Congrats to everyone, well done!!!

  35. Imogen Elvis commented on:

    Wow. Looking at all these word counts I am simply blown away by them all. And I thought I did pretty well this year. My final NaNo word count was 160,061. My email address is imogen_bennet(at)ymail(dot)com. Comgratulations to every who tried at NaNo, no matter what their word count!

  36. Mei96 commented on:

    I think I’m out, my sister accidentally deleted the novel info off my account, I’m honestly not sure how she did it. So new thing learned today: do NOT EVER leave your computer on and an account logged in, ESPECIALLY if you have a curious sibling.
    But it’s okay, because I know I wrote a ton, and that’s all that really matters to me.
    Congrats to everyone!

  37. Adele commented on:

    Where the heck is all the cyborg monday posts? Really looking forward to it but I can’t find ANything! ARGH! So frustrating!

  38. Triona commented on:

    Hi Marissa,

    Amazing word count! I’ve recently decided to pursue my lifelong dream of writing so I’ve saved up to take a year out to try to somewhat master the craft of writing (as a maths/science type I haven’t studied writing in an official capacity in 12 years). Well, give it a kick start anyway. I’m fascinated by your calendar – I think it’s such a great way to track your progress so I’d love to use that method for 2014, to track my journey.

    I’m just wondering if you’ve a colour scheme for the star stickers, if they relate to word count in thousands/hundreds etc.? You’d never guess I’m from a maths background…lol…

    Well done to all the incredible word counts. I can’t fathom writing 500,000 words in a month, even doing it full-time…

  39. Meagan commented on:

    Its Meagan again, I sent you the email about my verified wordcount. Thanks again Mrs. Meyer!

    My wordcount was 158,902.


  40. Emily commented on:

    For the sake of my sanity and GPA, I decided to conveniently move Nano to December this year. So while I certainly didn’t beat you, now I have my goal! 140,000 here I come!

  41. Nohely commented on:

    My word count is 103734.

    I’m really glad I came accross you little challenge it motivated me to do nano again and I ended up writing more than I had expected. My personal goal for this year was 100,000.

  42. Tia commented on:

    Curses, foiled! I had a bad (writing) month, so I only got to 102k. I have since bought two of your books as “punishment” 😉

    However, I do not take my loss lightly, and thus, I challenge you to a rematch in 2014! 😀

  43. Kenya commented on:

    139,123 (There was a internet glitch Thanksgiving weekend, I swear.)
    I dont want to put my email on the comment, so ill put it on the “Your Email” section.
    That works right?

  44. Caitlin S commented on:

    My official verified word count came to 151,770 words.

    I’m also excited to say I finished my first draft!

    My email:

    This was such a blast. Congrats on hitting your goal Marissa!


  45. Jessie commented on:

    I’m a bit confused – how many words is represented by a sticker on the calender?

  46. Marissa commented on:


    I am….. SPEECHLESS!!!! These numbers! You guys are amazing!

    I just added up everyone’s counts and with all twenty-one winners, plus my own word count, we wrote over FIVE MILLION WORDS for this contest alone!! *boggled*

    I’m still verifying everyone’s stats, but winners will be contacted shortly.

    Those who were asking about the stars, my system is:

    Red = 5K
    Blue or Green = 3K
    Gold or Silver = 1K

  47. Rebecca Arthur commented on:

    Hi, I think I might be late but I thought I would share my word count. 956229 words

    congrats to everyone who won!

  48. Rebecca Arthur commented on:

    Hi, I think I might be late but I thought I would share my word count. 956229 words
    congrats to everyone who won!

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