Have you ever thought about writing the great American novel? Or just have an idea buzzing around in your head that you’ve never tried to put to paper? Then National Novel Writing Month (NaNo) is for you! Thirty days in which to commit 50,000 words to paper (or computer document).
Impossible? No! Crazy? Maybe … but totally doable. You will start off the month with feelings of excitement and daring, then crash into gloom, doom and despair around day 10 as you realize just what you’ve set yourself up for. You’ll struggle through the Thanksgiving holidays, trying to squeeze in a few hundred words around turkey preparations. That is when your online buddies will keep you going, urging you to limp across the finish line. And when you do, you will feel such a sense of accomplishment. I know because I was a NaNo participant in 2006 and 2007 and I actually completed my great American novel in 2007 (which no one will ever see!). Even though I wasn’t enthused with my end product, it was a great experiment in daily writing and I proved to myself that I could write a book if I truly desired to do so.
NaNo also has a Young Writer’s Program, with a whole section of their website devoted to assisting and encouraging young writers. Many homeschooling families sign up all their family members and encourage each other throughout the month (young writers have a smaller word count goal). NaNo becomes a yearly participation event for them. Maybe this will be the first of several years of writing goals for your family!
Visit the NaNo website today. Sign up. Become familiar with its many forums and features and writing assists. You might also wish to join the HomeschoolNaNo Yahoo Groups email list. You will find this group invaluable during your NaNo Journey.