Last year my husband and 10-year-old daughter participated in NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month. Throughout the month of November, they both wrote a novel from scratch. It was a great learning experience for both of them.
This year my 13-year-old and 11-year-old are planning to participate. (EDIT: My 8-year-old has decided to participate this year as well. She's set her goal at 12,000 words.)
So do your kids like to write? Do you? NaNoWriMo is definitely a unique way to exercise those writing muscles.
If you're not familiar with National Novel Writing Month, here's a quick rundown of what it's all about and how it works.
2. Participants in the Young Writers Program choose their word count goal. Children 13 and up are allowed to register at the adult NaNoWriMo site, but they won't be able to choose their word count goal because all adult participants must meet a 50K word count goal.
3. Then beginning November 1, each Wrimo (as participants are called) starts writing!
4. Each day throughout the month, Wrimos log in to their accounts to update their current word count as well as to use the numerous NaNo resources. (Check out the Young Writers Program resources here.)
5. When participants reach their word count goal, they upload the text of their novel to verify their word count — and then they're declared an official NaNoWriMo winner.
6. Winners can get a free printed proof copy of their novel. And of course, all winners get bragging rights that are good for life!
If your kids are interested in participating in NaNoWriMo, you might want to check out these free NaNoWriMo writing workbooks available on the Young Writers Program website. They will help your kids prepare to write their novel.
I'd love to hear if you or your kids plan to participate in NaNoWriMo.