I joined today and haven't decided about the cabin thing, but I'm confused on what to do now. They said you have to have a story before you decide about a cabin?
I wonder if they will let you do a series of essays instead of a novel. I think you can do less than 50,000 words. Does anyone know of a page that explains it all?
Thanks for any help.
Bijou (aka fillyloobird)
I'm far from an expert, so take this with a grain of salt. But you don't need to put in a word-count goal at all, or you can just put whatever feels good, and not worry if you overshoot it. E.g. putting 10 000, or something. The same goes for genre: just go with the "your choice" option, which I think is pretty much "none of the above".
They don't check the content of what you write, so I don't see why a series of essays or short stories wouldn't count. I've bought novels that are collections of such things, anyway, so it's certainly a normal thing to do. If I were you, I'd put the word count at something pretty low, choose the "your choice" genre, and come up with whatever title for your collection of essays you like. I'm pretty sure you can change it later.
The NaNoWriMo forum has most of the info you'll need, but it's a bit hard to track all the stuff down: http://nanowrimo.org/en/forum_categories/517
Ooh, I'm Mirabil. I'll put you in the requesty bit on the cabin settings page. Hee!We are cabin-mates!