Saturday, October 9, 2010

National Novel Writing Month & Young Writer's Program

I just sang my NaNoWriMo blues over on my personal blog, which inspired me to share the opportunity that is National Novel Writing Month here on my homeschooling site.  NaNoWriMo is a yearly challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days and takes place every November.  I remember it clearly... five years ago... surfing the Internet and stumbling across the NaNoWriMo site... emailing a friend with the crazy idea... her positive response... and the joy of completing the 50,000 words in 30 days.  It all spiraled from there and I now join my crazy NaNo friends every other week to write at the coffeeshop in our local Borders.  We meet twice a week during November for Word Wars and challenges designed to encourage us all to meet our goal.  It's a wonderful experience and one I treasure.

Last year was the first year my kids joined me with the Young Writers Program.  With this challenge, kids can set their own word count goals and write more than they ever thought possible in the month of November.  My then 9 year old was the only one to complete her goal last year, with an 8,000 word story.  The experience was not a loss for those who did not finish though.  Each one wrote more than they ever had before and were stretched and challenged to use their imaginations and develop their writing skills.  I'm seriously considering signing them all up again this year and focusing on creative writing in our homeschool for the month of November. 

This is a great opportunity for homeschooling families as there are free workbooks available to print that will walk your student through setting up their story and characters.  As I'm typing, I'm thinking we need to utilize these ourselves and start this process mid October!  Free is always great for homeschooling families (Who am I kidding, most every family likes FREE!) and the resources they provide are well done.  Having the challenge and participating with Mom was a big motivator last year.  I've pretty much talked myself into having them join me again this year as I type this out and I hope maybe I've sparked enough interest in you to at least click on over and check out their site!  It's fun, it's educational, and it's creative.  Enjoy!

If you decide to sign up, let me know in the comments section.  My username is Flyleaf and I'd love to be a Writing Buddy on the "grown-up" site!

2 comments:

Kelly said...

I joined up this year too. I've signed my oldest who is 7 up too. I just am stuck at what to do. I'm going to come 'find you' for I was also looking for Writing Buddy's. Never done this, but I'm going to try.

Debbie said...

I signed up for myself and for Emily (10). This is our first time. I'm not sure what I'm going to write about yet and am getting anxious about that! I'm impressed that your daughter wrote 8000 words! I'm still trying to decide what goal to set for Emily. My username is debml.

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