For those of you who don't already know, Nanowrimo, that is National Novel Writing Month, is an annual challenge to write 50,000 words of fiction in one 30 day month. Originally only in November, the Camp Nanowrimo program has spread the event to June and August as well. To give the participants a little more motivation, Angrykittykj came up with the great idea of having badges for the participants in Camp Nanowrimo to earn through achievements in writing and participation in the Nanowrimo community. This site is to serve as a place for anyone who would like to earn these badges to view the current list, get images of the badges they've earned, share with everyone when they have earned one, and get any questions or ideas they might have about the badges answered. I hope you enjoy. :)


On these pages you will find details and rules for what exactly needs to be done in order to earn each of the badges developed and compiled by the lovely people on the Nanowrimo forums, but to use a famous quote, they're more like guidelines than actual rules. They are for people who like to know exactly what is needed and when, people like me who like to have rules to follow for things like this. If this is not you, then don't worry about them. Like the actual Nanowrimo event, these badges are a matter of personal accomplishment, and if you do not need to follow the rules I typed up in order to feel accomplished, then feel free to interpret the badges as you see best. There are a few places in here where it is implied that not doing things according to what's written there is cheating. I can assure you that this is due entirely to laziness on my part, specifically being too lazy to think of a better way of putting it. If you feel like you deserve the badges you award yourself, then you do. The only way you can possibly cheat here is if you feel like you are cheating yourself. Just like the wonderful Office of Letters and Light, we not only accept rebels here, we encourage them. Seriously, we even have a few badges just for you guys.

Swimming Lessons

Once you've gotten your feet wet, you can start learning how to swim. Many writers agree that the first 10,000 words are the hardest of the story, but that once this important mile marker is reached, it really starts to flow.
You earn this badge by writing 10,000 words over the course of any one month event (June, August, or November). You can earn this badge at any time during the event, with or without other badges. However, if you've made it to swimming lessons, you've already earned Goed Begonnen, so be sure to go get your badge, if you haven't already.

The original image and badge idea are by yours truly.
Second image by Mayasennara


  1. Got it! My username is StrawberryAutopsy on the NaNo Website. Be sure to check out our nano tinychat (!

  2. Got it and already manage the back-stroke :dD

  3. Got there - at last. Only a week late, too.

  4. Got this a few days ago and forgot to post! :3

  5. Reached 10000 words on the 8th.