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.
When will my riolu/eevee/etc. evolve?
Pokémon without level evolutions will evolve at a random level between 30 and 50.
How can I stop my NaNoWrimon from evolving? I want it to stay a pikachu forever!
When creating your NaNoWriMon, the "Form and Evolution" inputs determine how and whether your NaNoWriMon evolves. For any evolution you don't want to make, select "Do not evolve." For example, if you want your pikachu to stay a pikachu, select "Do not evolve" instead of one of the raichu forms.
A NaNoWriMon will always stop before the FIRST stage marked "Do not evolve." So if you have a charmander, mark charmeleon "Do not evolve," but choose forms for charizard and mega charizard, it will permanently remain a charmander rather than skipping the charmeleon stage.
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'm trying to put my NaNoWriMon in my NaNo forum signature, but it shows up as code instead of an image. What gives?
There are three ways this can happen.
You pasted the code in the wrong place.
You CANNOT paste the provided code directly into the signature edit box on the NaNo forums. First, click the "Source Code" button, which looks like a pair of angle brackets (< >):
You must paste your code into the new box that opens after you click the Source Code button, then click "Ok" in order for your NaNoWriMon to render correctly in your signature.
You're using the wrong code.
For the NaNoWriMon forums, you must use the HTML code, which is the one with the angle brackets and the one that appears in the top box on the "Your NaNoWriMon is complete!" page. Double-check that you didn't accidentally copy the code with square brackets () instead.
You made a copy/paste error when adding the code to your signature.
Double check to be sure that you copied the entire code and none of it's cut off.
If you've accounted for all of these and still can't get the image to show up, feel free to contact me, including a link to your NaNoWriMo profile with your message so I can take a look.
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.