Write Away, Right Away! NaNoWriMo Writers Finally Get Their API

Sara Gruen did it. Erin Morgenstern did it. So did Kelley Armstrong. And so have hundreds of thousands of other men and women around the world. They attempted to write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days.If you were going to join NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writer's Month) and participate (better hurry: starts November 1), what would be your most important tool? A computer? A pencil and paper? A cup of coffee? None hold up against that most direly needed tool...NaNoWriMo's word count API.

What, you say? Doesn't every writing program from Word to Pages count the words? Yes, but the API tallies your progress where it counts, on the NaNoWriMo's website.

According to the website, there are 6 bits of info you can retrieve with the API:

  • current individual wordcount
  • individual wordcount history
  • site wordcount
  • site wordcount history
  • regional wordcount
  • regional wordcount history

Responses are returned in XML.

According to the Wikiwrimo, "A region is a group of NaNoWriMo participants connected by geographic proximity. Meeting other Wrimos in person is a great way to enhance one's writing experience, as well as a way to get motivation and make year-round friends." So you might want to know your region's word count because it affects the region's standing in "inter-region word wars" and the "Donations Derby," which is a fundraising tool for NaNoWriMo.

As Alexis Daria told the Village Voice, "NaNoWriMo teaches you to make the time to be creative instead of finding the time or taking the time," Daria said. "If you're finding the time, you never really are going to find it. If you make the time, that's something that you're giving to yourself."

If my blog posts suddenly stop on November 1...

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