The site won't recognize my username, but I have an account on nanowrimo.org. What's wrong?
First of all, make sure you've already entered a novel for this year. It should show up on your user profile as in this screenshot:
If you haven't entered a novel yet, here's how:
- Go to "My Novels" in the "My NaNoWriMo" menu.
- Click the "Writing this year? Enter your novel!" link.
- Fill out the form according to the instructions.
Once you've done that, your novel should appear on your profile as shown above, and you'll be able to create a NaNoWriMon.
If you've already created a novel but are still getting rejected by the NaNoWriMon page, there may be an issue with your username itself. Usernames with special characters (like "#" or "~") can cause issues, and there are other bugs I still haven't worked out, too. If you encounter problems with your username, please contact me about it so I can try to figure out the problem and fix it for other people. But even if you're having problems with your username itself, you should still be able to make a NaNoWriMon by using your system name instead. You can find it by visiting your nanowrimo.org user profile and looking at the final portion of the URL, after the last trailing slash:
Copy and paste that portion of the address into the "NaNoWriMo Username" field of the NaNoWriMon form, and you should be good to go. If that doesn't work, either, then something's really wrong, and you should definitely let me know about it!
Why can't I make a charizard/pikachu/other evolved pokémon?
Your NaNoWriMon's evolutionary stage is determined by the number of words you have. If you're starting with zero words, you'll only be able to make pokémon at their lowest evolutionary stage--and until you register at least one word, they'll stay an egg!
If you want a powerful evolved pokémon, you have two options: come back later in the month, when you have enough words to create a pokémon of a high level, or start with one of its lower evolutions and level it up until it evolves.
What will my eevee/kirlia/other split-evolution pokémon evolve into?
Pokémon with multiple evolutions will evolve entirely at random. If a pokémon has multiple mega evolutions, it will also mega evolve at random. And if your pokémon goes back to normal after mega evolving, then later mega evolves again, it may choose a different mega form than last time!
When will my riolu/eevee/etc. evolve?
Pokémon without level evolutions will evolve at a random level between 30 and 50.
How can I display my NaNoWriMon in my nanowrimo.org forum signature?
To use your NaNoWriMon in your nanowrimo.org forum signature, you'll need the HTML code produced after you've finished filling out the form (the one with angle brackets, not square brackets). Then log into your account on the NaNo forums and do the following:
- Go to "Forum Preferences" under the "Conversation" menu
- Click the <> button above the signature text box. (The button should say "Source Code" when you hover over it.)
- Paste your NaNoWriMon code into the box that appears and hit "Ok"
- Your NaNoWriMon should appear in the signature text box. If everything looks good, hit "Save," and you're done!
I made a NaNoWriMon in a previous year. Will it work for this year's NaNo?
No. NaNoWriMon only grow during the year they're hatched in. So, if you made a NaNoWriMon for November 2015, it will remain at whatever level it was at the end of NaNo 2015 indefinitely--you can display it in your signature or on your web site like it's in the Hall of Fame! Meanwhile, any NaNoWriMon created between December 2015 and November 2016 will be active during the November 2016 challenge, and so on. So you'll need to create a new NaNoWriMon each year.
I updated my word count, but the word count on my NaNoWriMon hasn't changed! What gives?
To avoid clobbering the NaNo servers, word counts are only checked once per hour. Therefore it can take as much as an hour for your NaNoWriMon to reflect your official word count. Technical problems with the NaNo servers can also cause delays; this is more likely to happen near the beginning of November, when the site's servers experience the heaviest traffic.
I have a different question/some other problem!
Feel free to contact me or leave a comment below. If you're having problems with your NaNoWriMon (or can't create one at all), please describe what error you're getting and include a link to your nanowrimo.org profile so I can take a look.