Frequently Asked Questions

What is InCoWriMo?

InCoWriMo is the short name for International Correspondence Writing Month, otherwise known as February.

With an obvious nod to NaNoWriMo for the inspiration, InCoWriMo challenges you to hand-write and mail/deliver one letter, card, note or postcard every day during the month of February.

It’s simple. It’s fun. It’s rewarding.

Why February?

February is a terrific month for a daily writing challenge because it’s the month with the fewest number of days. We’re committed, not crazy.

I just found InCoWriMo and it’s already the middle of February. Can I participate?

Of course! But you have some catching up to do. Go for it!

Does it have to be a letter?

Nope. It can be a letter, a card, a note or a postcard. Really, it can be anything that you consider correspondence.

Does it have to be one each and every day?

That’s the idea – to sit and write to someone one each day for the entire month. Of course, every person’s circumstances are different. If writing a letter every day is impossible for some reason, just be sure that by the end of February you have written and mailed/delivered a total of 28 letters (or 29 if we’re leaping years).

Can I write to strangers?

Of course! Writing friendly and encouraging letters to strangers that you later leave in a coffee house, on a bus or on a car’s windshield to be discovered and enjoyed by an unknown person is actually a trend. Learn all about it at More Love Letters.

What if I miss a day?

Then write two letters the next day.

What if I miss two days?

Then have a serious talk with yourself about commitment and write three letters the next day.

Do I have to write to someone different every day?

Absolutely not. You can write to the same person for the entire month if you like.

Do I have to mail the letters?

You have to ensure that the letters are delivered. Often times, mailing them is the best option. However, if you’re writing to someone that lives in your household or a co-worker or anyone else that you know you’ll see, you can certainly deliver the letter personally.

Must my letters be hand-written?

Absolutely. No computers, no typewriters, no emails, no texts, no tweets, no whatever-they-are on facebook. InCoWriMo correspondence must be written by hand. Please.

What if I still have questions?

Send me an email (eric at incowrimo.org) and I’ll be happy to help!

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