During the “Now What?” months in January and February, we focus on providing resources around revising, editing, and publishing novels. In addition to our Revision Workbook and “Now What?” events, writers can participate by accepting the official “Now What?” Revision Challenge on nanowrimo.org.
If you want to accept the official challenge to revise 150 pages in February with a brand new project, go to your dashboard and click the green button at the top of the screen that says “Join the revision challenge!”
If you want to accept the official challenge to revise 150 pages in February with a project you’ve already started:
- Click “My NaNoWriMo” in the main navigation bar at the top of the screen, and click “Projects” in the dropdown that opens up.
- Find your project and click the “Create a new goal” button.
- Then, in the pop-up box that opens up, make sure you click the checkbox in the upper left corner that says “Associate with a NaNoWriMo event.” If you select “Now What 2022” from the event dropdown, then the goal name will autofill to “Now What 2022,” the word-count goal will autofill to 150 words, and the dates will autofill to February 1 through 28.
Why does the site say 150 words instead of 150 pages? Well, the site doesn’t allow writers to track non-word-count goals yet, but it doesn’t make so much sense to track words when you’re revising. So instead, we’re challenging you to revise 150 pages. Basically, we’re asking you to pretend that instead of “words” it says “pages.” If you revise 5 pages? Update your tracker by saying you’ve written 5 words, and so on.
A note about 150 pages: this can be 150 pages total, or you could try revising the first 50 pages of your novel draft three times. The process of revising a shorter work over and over offers valuable practice, and can also be less intimidating than the idea of revising an entire novel.