In honor of National Novel Writing Month, Medium is offering you a chance to go meta and write about writing by providing prompts once a week.

For this final week of NaNoWriMo, the author of the response with the most Recommends will be invited to attend the upcoming Foreword taping with Margaret Atwood on the evening of Thursday, Dec. 4
in Medium’s San Francisco office.
If the winner is unable to attend, we’ll send a signed copy of Atwood’s book,
Stone Mattress: Nine Tales, along with a Medium Eccolo journal.

The prompt for November 25, 2014 is …

What surprised you the most while participating in NaNoWriMo?

This year’s NaNoWriMo held a bounty of surprises for me — that I could actually get my behind out of bed at 5 a.m. and write, and my dog would stop expecting to be fed at that time.

But what surprised me the most was how much more fun the month has been by playing with others — on Twitter, in write-ins, at the Night of Writing Dangerously, and through this very active collection.

Tell us, ’Wrimos:

What has surprised you the most?


Hit the button that says “Write a response”
at the bottom of this page and tell us about your surprises.

The response with the most Recommends at 11:59 p.m. PST on Sunday, November 30 will win the aforementioned journal, a Tweet from the @Medium Twitter account, and two (2) tickets for you and a guest to attend Medium’s Foreword event with Margaret Atwood on Dec. 4.

Then go get Recommends!
Tweet your story using #NaNoWriMo, post it on Facebook,
and email your story to all your friends.

But wait, there’s more!

The Medium NaNoWriMo party doesn’t end on Nov. 30. As Kate Lee wrote in her introduction to this collection, in December, NaNoWriMo participants who have completed 50,000 words will be invited to write 500-word synopses of their novels and share drafts with collaborators to get feedback. Our drafts feature can help you get that editing assistance before you publish to the world. The three synopses most recommended by Medium readers will go before a panel of industry judges.

For the previous prompt, the three responses with the most Recommends were: