NaperWriMo Wiki

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NaperWriMo = NaNoWriMo + Illinois::Naperville

Welcome to the MediaWiki instance supporting the Illinois::Naperville region (representing the cities and suburbs west of Chicago) of the National Novel Writing Month contest that is held every November. Feel free to look around and help edit pages on this wiki. See these instructions on MediaWiki markup and these help instructions. Visit our blog for the latest news and helpful articles or our NaNoWriMo regional forum. We also have a cafepress shop that helps offset our local expenses.

Important disclaimer: Although this is the official website for the Illinois::Naperville region of NaNoWriMo, this website is managed by the West Suburban Writers, not NaNoWriMo.

What is NaperWriMo?

NaNoWriMo provides the international organization, structure and online forums but relies on local (regional) organizations for the face-to-face support and local events (preparatory events and write-ins) that really enrich the whole NaNoWriMo experience. NaperWriMo is what we call our local extension to NaNoWriMo. We (the West Suburban Writers) regionally represent the cities and suburbs west of Chicago. Do visit our calendar of events (most events are October-December).

We're a fun group that even has our own regional songs, which have figured into our friendly wagers with other NaNoWriMo regions over total regional wordcount.

What is NaNoWriMo?

See the official explanation and our local Frequently Asked Questions list/press release. In brief, NaNoWriMo is the National Novel Writing Month contest that is intended to help people write and complete their own 50,000+ word novel in the 30 days of November each year. What is the prize? A sense of completion and a handsome PDF file certificate. CreateSpace each of the past few years has, as a promotion, given each NaNoWriMo winner a paperback copy of their completed book. NaNoWriMo works because of the enthusiasm, energy and supportive spirit of the participants, which is expressed in the NaNoWriMo forums and in live regional events like the ones hosted by Illinois::Naperville.

NaNoWriMo How-to Guides and Lists

Things Useful To Writers

These are links to online references useful to writers.

Local lists

Other lists, sites and articles

Illinois::Naperville Events and Resources

For the calendar and latest event information, see


2013 NaperWriMo

2012 NaperWriMo

2011 NaperWriMo

2010 NaperWriMo

Note: Illinois::Naperville has existed as a separate region since 2005; for more information, see Region history

Regional Slack Chatroom

In 2016, Naperville is trying out a Slack chatroom (see To get access, enter your e-mail address on this page. You will receive your account credentials through e-mail and be able to join the room.

Slack has an advantage over IRC in that there is contextual history preserved for the room, so that people can interact with each other asynchronously (where in IRC you might miss a person by seconds and never know that they had been there at all).

To run a word war, you can go to the #wordwars slack channel and run a command like this: /remind #wordwars Stop writing in 17 minutes

Note that for privacy reasons, people's e-mail addresses are not displayed in their slack profiles (this is a slack channel configuration option we've decided to do).

Regional IRC Chatroom

Janna (aka karalianne), ML of Canada :: Saskatchewan :: Saskatoon, and Matthew (aka utoxin), Utah::Springfield's ML, provide IRC-based chat rooms for all of the NaNoWriMo regions. Historically, Naperville has used an XMPP (Jabber) based chat room (as provided by Dreamhost); unfortunately, there do not appear to be any good jabber clients for Chromebooks (and the jabber server provided by Dreamhost is very old and does not support http-binding, so we can't utilize modern javascript clients like converse.js or ajaxber). Because of this, as of 2014-10-19, we are deprecating the jabber chatroom and are instead moving to the Chat NaNo service provided by Janna and Matthew.

How to register

If you used the chat rooms last year you should go to the login page. New users need to register first.

To register, go to this URL:

  • Fill in Nick (same as here only with no spaces)
  • Choose region from drop-down menu
  • E-mail address
  • Password
  • Click Submit

Logging in via your web browser

Once you are registered you ALWAYS login at

Put in the Nick and password you registered with.

Logging in via a dedicated client

This is probably the better path to take--dedicated clients usually perform better than web clients and have more features. pidgin is a very good multi-platform client. Byrd IRC client for Google Chrome might work well for Chromebooks.

If you prefer a client to Mibbit, you need to point your client at, port 6667, and login using the name you registered at the first URL given.

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If you are logging in using a client, you will need to enter your password when you do so. The command for this is /ns identify PASSWORD where you change PASSWORD to your actual password that you registered with.

With pidgin, it is possible to automate this step:

  1. Enable your IRC account.
  2. Add NickServ to your IRC buddy list
  3. Right-click the new buddy (NickServ) and click "Add Buddy Pounce" to create a new pounce
  4. Make sure "Signs on" is the only checked box in the "Pounce When Buddy..." section
  5. Make sure "Send a message" is checked under "Action"
  6. Enter the message:
    identify mypassword
  7. Make sure "Recurring" is checked beneath "Options" or the pounce will work only once
  8. Click Save to save the pounce.
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IMPORTANT: Note that you do not include '/msg nickname' as part of the message in the pounce.

If you need help

Any problems with the process should be directed to Please include Nick, password, region, and chat room name in the e-mail.

If you don't want to be distracted during word wars, you might like to hang out in the bottom three rooms in this list. They're all about the writing!


Other regions

Also, if you're curious about other regions' channels, have a look at the list on this page:

To join a room, log into the chat and then type /join #CHANNEL where you change CHANNEL to the name of the room.

wordwar bot

There is a wordwar bot called Timmy. Here are the wordwar commands: Since it has been requested: all of Timmy's commands.

  • !startwar <duration> [<start delay> [<war name>]]
    • Starts a war with the given duration, after start delay.
    • Duration and Start Delay are in minutes
    • War Name is what to call the war. Defaults to <YourName>’s War
  • !endwar <war name>
    • Only the creator of a war or a bot admin can end a war early
  • !listwars
    • Lists running wars in this channel
  • !listall
    • Lists all wars running on this instance of Timmy

The Timmy bot chatters a lot. If anyone is annoyed with Timmy's constant talking (you'll understand once you start chatting for awhile), type !ignore soft

This lets you still use Timmy's other commands, but without him randomly talking to you when you're just chatting. Also, for a full list of commands (there's a lot of them), type !help

IRC References

Clients by platforms

  • android: ziplizard wrote: I use AndChat. It works and been around for years. That's it's two biggest pluses. I have tested it on the naperwrimo irc channel and it works. You can have it save your login password if you write "/identify PASSWORD" in your auto run list under the network settings (replace PASSWORD with your password).
  • Windows/Linux/Mac: Try Pidgin (which works with IRC
  • Mac: Adium

Regional Jabber Chatroom

Introduced in 2006; deprecated as of 2014-10-19 (use IRC instead)

information about the Jabber chat room(s) -- this is a great resource for quick, online word wars and support in November, especially for those who are unable to make it to the Sunday write-ins.